Hot Topic Draft Requirements

posted Apr 23, 2018, 3:14 PM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 1:32 PM ]
After studying the assigned chapter and questions, you will investigate current astronomical research that applies to the chapter content. Current means anything within the last calendar year. For example, if you're studying stellar evolution, look for current research that has been done on stellar evolution. Good sources for research news and results are


Pick some recent work pertaining to the chapter that you find interesting and create a 1 page hot-topic poster no larger than 11"x17". The poster may be portrait or landscape and must contain the following sections.
  1. Title - "Astronomers discover...<brief results of research>
  2. Abstract - several sentence summary of research arcticle
  3. Background/Key Concepts content from chapter that applies to the research, necessary to know so you can understand the research
  4. Summary of research
    • what was/is the current understanding of the topic
    • what new work was done, how is it different from previous work or how does it extend on previous work
    • what were the new results
    • why are the results important/interesting
    • what is still not known, what new questions arise, what remains to be done
      5. Citations (APA)

you must provide APA citation of research article(s), diagrams, etc. you must provide engaging visuals, diagrams throughout, equations as necessary in addition to your narrative/explanator text. You may use multiple articles on the research as necessary. 

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