Michel Curé is the principal investigator in both projects.
The first is an outreach project and will develop a Mobile App. This application will let to users to walk along the solar system, re-scaling distances and showing the differences and features of planets and satellites in our stellar system. The second project is a research one, it is an international collaborative project with the Sao Paulo state, Brazil, to study the features of disks formed around fast rotating Be stars. These projects were granted by ANID (Agencia Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo, ANID (ex Conicyt) and the PI in both of them is the astronomer Michel Curé, professor at the Instituto de Física y Astronomía (IFA) of the Universidad de Valparaíso (UV).
Astronomy outreach Gemini-Anid project
“Walking through the Solar System” is the name of this project, which has as aim develop a mobile application in the IOS and Android platforms to travel around our Solar System. The user may configure the distance which they want to walk and the App re-scale the distances of the solar system to the indicated distance, with the aim to send alerts each time the user passes through a planet orbit. Each alert will contain important information about the planet. The project has a duration of one year and is funded by Gemini-Anid. The work team is composed by Michel Curé (principal investigator), Catalina Arcos and Nikolaus Vogt (IFA’s professors), Alejandro Osorio (Escuela de Diseño UV) and the IFA’s undergraduate student, Carlos Oliva.
International Collaborative ANID-CHILE & FAPESP-BRAZIL project
The project “Decretion disks and outflows around fast-spinning stars” aims to study the features of Be stars. These are B-type stars, non-supergiant, with stellar masses over 8 solar masses and rotate around 40 and 70 percent of their critical rotational speed. The “e” in the name is because these stars present, or have presented, at least once, Balmer lines in emission. These emission lines come from a hot gas, ionized, settled around the stellar equator of the star. The disk is thin and rotates in a Keplerian way. Studying the mass loss rate and outflows from the star is fundamental to understanding how the disk forms, maintains and dissipates.
The work team includes members of the Massive Star Group at IFA-UV (http://massivestars.ifa.uv.cl), Michel Curé and Catalina Arcos, together with the researchers from the Sao Paulo University led by Dr. Alex Carciofi. This project has a duration of two years and is financed by ANID and FAPESP (Brazil).
IFA congrats to the involved researchers in both projects and wish all the best in the implementation of them.