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—Cloud computing is a powerful new technology that is widely used in the business world. Recently, we have been investigating the benefits it offers to scientific computing. We have used three workflow applications to compare the performance of processing data on the Amazon EC2 cloud with the performance on the Abe high-performance cluster at the National(More)
The 2MASS photometric calibration observations cover ∼6 square degrees on the sky in 35 " calibration fields " each sampled in nominal photometric conditions between 562 and 3692 times during the four years of the 2MASS mission. We compile a catalog of variables from the calibration observations to search for M dwarfs transited by extra-solar planets. We(More)
Expanding upon the IRAC survey from Dahm and Hillenbrand (2007), we describe Spitzer IRAC and MIPS observations of the populous, 5 Myr-old open cluster NGC 2362. We analyze the mid-IR colors of cluster members and compared their spectral energy distributions to star+circumstellar disk models to constrain the disk morphologies and evolutionary states.(More)
The final assembly of terrestrial planets occurs via massive collisions, which can launch copious clouds of dust that are warmed by the star and glow in the infrared. We report the real-time detection of a debris-producing impact in the terrestrial planet zone around a 35-million-year-old solar-analog star. We observed a substantial brightening of the(More)