Do It Yourself Asteroid Astrometry Using Python

On 3 February 2021, Arushi and Artash, members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada gave a presentation on the research they had been carrying out on Asteroid Apophis at the online meeting of the Recreational Astronomy Night. The closure of doors to physical schools due to COVID-19 lockdowns meant more time trapped at home. But it opened up windows to observe the night skies and carry out observations. While observing the night skies from…

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Aiming for Asteroid Apophis @2021 IAA Planetary Defense Conference

Arushi Nath and Artash Nath The 7th IAA Planetary Defense Conference (26 – 30 April 2021) is hosted by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), in cooperation with the European Space Agency. The biennial conference brings together world experts to discuss the threat to Earth posed by asteroids and comets and actions that might be taken to deflect a threatening object. We are happy to present our paper: “Aiming for Apophis: How…

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Artificial Intelligence and Biases: the Role of Curiosity (WIAD 2021)

Artash Nath, Grade 9 Student, Toronto. 27 February is the World Information Architecture Day. World Information Architecture Day (WIAD) celebrates information architecture and shares knowledge and ideas from analogue to digital, from design to development, from students to practitioners, globally and locally. This year WIAD events were organized in 42 locations. Toronto was one of them where it was organized by the students at the University of Toronto Faculty of Information. There was a diverse…

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MonitorMyLockdown.com: Monitor Reduction in Human Movements in 9 Canadian Cites due to COVID-19 Lockdown using Seismic Data

Artash Nath, Grade 9 Student, Toronto, Canada “Monitor My Lockdown” project keeps policymakers, health workers, and citizens updated about the effectiveness of COVID-19 lockdowns in reducing human movements. It does so by analyzing near-real time anthropogenic seismic vibrations across Canadian cities using data from the Canadian National Seismograph Network. The project website and the web app are now live at www.MonitorMyLockdown.com Since 11 March 2020, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic,…

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Oral Presentation @ AGU2020: The Silence of Canadian Cities: The Seismology Impact of the Covid19 Lockdown

Artash Nath On 7 December 2020, I gave an oral presentation about my research at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The AGU Fall Meeting 2020 being held online from December 1 – 17 is one of the world’s largest virtual scientific conferences. It is attended by over 25,000 delegates each year. My oral presentation was on “The Silence of Canadian Cities: The Seismology Impact of the Covid19 Lockdown“. It was selected…

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Machine Learning and Music: live stream with the Raspberry Pi Foundation

Artash and Arushi Nath On 2 December 2020, we did a live stream with the Raspberry Pi Foundation on their Digital Making at Home series. It was a fascinating opportunity to demonstrate to a global audience on how COVID19 may have closed school doors for kids around the world but not windows to learning, making and having fun. During the live stream we talked about the projects we made during the lockdown period using our…

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How is NASA Data Helping School Kids in Canada Fight Climate Change? Presentation at Our Future, Our Voices Summit

Arushi Nath. Between October 26-30, 2020, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) hosted the Our Future, Our Voices, a virtual summit by, for, and with young people. The Summit was a platform for young people around the world to come together, share their thoughts, ideas and projects they are undertaking that are relevant to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Summit was a wonderful opportunity to hear about the aspirations of the youths, their achievements,…

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How to Prepare for NASA SpaceApps Challenges 2020: Resources and Suggestions

Artash and Arushi Nath NASA SpaceApps 2020 happens from 2-4 October 2020. It is one of biggest hackathons in the world open to anyone interested in solving real-world challenges related to Earth and Space. The SpaceApps is happening for the ninth time this year. And the theme of 2020 is “Take Action” – a critical reminder that you can make a difference, even from the comfort and safety of home. The NASA SpaceApps is also…

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Video: From Outer Space to Sub Surface: Seismic Vibrations and the impact of COVID-19 Lockdown

On July 15, 2020, Artash Nath gave a presentation on Seismic Vibrations, how to measure them and on what impact the COVID-19 lockdown has had on these vibrations. He spoke at the online Recreational Astronomy Night meeting of the RASC, Toronto Centre, Canada. Artash is a student in Grade 8 and is a member of the RASC, Toronto Centre.

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Workshop for Students on Space, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

Artash Nath and Arushi Nath On 29 August 2020, we delivered an online workshop for students from schools and colleges on space, artificial intelligence and big data. The workshop was organised by Nova77 who are the organisers of SpaceApps Vegas. It was attended by 25 students. The recording of the webinar is available online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=sSv4NTZIMIw&feature=emb_logo During the workshop we talk about our NASA SpaceApps COVID19 Global Winning project “The Masked Scales” project. The project…

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