SAM MORRELL


ASTROPHYSICIST

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Chirp – An App for Monitoring Gravitational Wave Alerts

November 1, 2019

I’m absolutely delighted to announce that a spare-time project I have been involved with for the best part of a year has finally been released. Enter Chirp – an app to help you monitor gravitational wave alerts. The app is being officially released to coincide with the start of O3b, the second part of the...

My Plans for the Apple Watch

August 24, 2017

I have traditionally been a fan of Apple stuff, but lately I’ve found myself becoming less and less enamoured with their current offerings. Whether it be the lacklustre MacBook Pro, with zero USB-A connectors and complete lack of an SD card slot, or the omission of a 3.5mm audio jack on the latest iPhones, they...

Happy Birthday @Voyager2!

August 17, 2010

If there’s one thing in modern society which I think is very much overlooked it’s the big black thing above us… no, not the clouds of doubt over the houses of parliament! I means space. Back in the heyday of space exploration everybody was excited about being the first into space, the first to the...

Research Talks

December 16, 2019

Included here are a selection of my upcoming and recent research talks. 12th October 2018 – Gaia DR2 Specialist Discussion Meeting at the RAS I had the privilege of being included in the talks for the specialist discussion meeting sharing the scientific insights gleaned from Gaia DR2. At this meeting I presented a talk about...

Outreach Talks

Upcoming Talks No upcoming outreach talks planned at the moment. Past Talks 18th July 2019 – Kernow Astronomers I joined Kernow Astronomers on Thursday 19th July for a talk about interstellar dust. We explored the origins of dust, how it evolves and forms into planets and how it effects us in our everyday lives. 27th...

Talking ‘Big Data in Astronomy’ with Digital Taunton

July 13, 2019

On 27th June I got the pleasure of going to Taunton to do a talk about the crossover between technology and astronomy at the 5th Digital Taunton meetup. The natural topic is of course the way modern astronomy has embraced the use of ‘big data’ datasets and techniques. When I first put the fledgling version...

We Discovered an FUor

December 20, 2018

We discovered a very rare kind of star – in fact there are only 25 stars of its type known to exist. The fact that we found it is amazing, but the way we found it was even more interesting. We caught it red handed during an FUor outburst – a period of intense flaring...

About Me

August 12, 2018

I am an astrophysicist, currently working in the astrophysics group at the University of Exeter. Under the supervision of Professor Tim Naylor, my PhD project involves understanding the evolution and characteristics of M-dwarfs. By harnessing the power of the second data release of the Gaia mission, we have been able to develop methodology for measuring...

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet: A tribute to Stephen Hawking

March 14, 2018

There are a couple of books I can honestly say inspired me to be an astronomer. In college, junior / senior year in high school for those in the USA, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do after I’d finished my A-levels. However, years of watching Star Trek and vivid memories of...

Web Development for Physicists

February 17, 2018

I’m fortunate enough to be sitting at the intersection of two disparate fields which are rapidly hurtling towards each other. More than ever, it’s becoming important to publicise you and your research, whether you’re in academia or in the private sector. Sooner or later, this is likely going to mean you’re going to requiring some...

Outreach

October 23, 2017

YouTube I have produced outreach videos for the Physics at Exeter YouTube channel. To see some of the videos I have worked on, please see this page. Chirp Chirp is a app for the web, iOS and Android that can be used to keep track of gravitational wave alerts. It was developed as a collaboration...

Dealing with Blank Lines Comments in Fortran READs

September 4, 2017

Just a quick little programming snippet today. When preparing data files, it’s often useful to include headers and comments in them, especially in the more complicated ones. Most data applications that you might be loading data into, such as maybe Python or MATLAB, have plenty of ability to filter out those comments, but what if...