Since the observatory was built in 1996 the Bradstreet Observatory has been producing published research on binary stars. Using our 16-inch Meade telescopes we have obtained data on over 50 eclipsing binary stars in the past 20 years and have no plans on slowing down.
Students work closely with professional astronomers and participate in publishable research, and present papers at professional meetings. As a student you will spend nights in the observatory gathering data which will be reduced into a light curve. A light curve is a study of light over time. Depending on how the light changes over time we can discover many traits about the stars which lead to better understanding God's creation.
Dr. David Bradstreet co-wrote a program called Binary Maker 3.0. It will take the light curves obtained from nights of hard work and help unravel the mysteries locked inside the stars.
Type in the parameters in order to fit the data to a mathematical fit.
Above we see the raw data on the left (red cross-hairs). This would be data obtained from a telescope and then reduced so it may be analyzed.
Above we see the mathematical fit (blue squares) applied to the raw data (red cross-hairs).
Below we see a 3-dimensional rendering of the binary star system according to the drops and rises of the light curve from Binary Maker 3.0.
The Bradstreet Observatory publishes research periodically. Official abstracts can be found here.
Click on any poster to see a closer look. You may also view and download the high resolution pdfs by clicking on the poster name below.