Double university scholarship for former HSP student
Congratulations to EQI graduate Trinh Manh Do, who was recently awarded a prestigious Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship to study a double degree in Maths and Science, majoring in Astrophysics.
The Vice-Chancellor’s program is QUT’s premier scholarship for students with outstanding academic achievement. Trinh, who studied High School Preparation (HSP) at Mitchelton State High School (SHS) and m at North Lakes State College, also received a QUT Dean’s Award for graduating from high school.
When he arrived in Australia from Vietnam in mid-2013, Trinh spoke limited English. His EQI academic journey began with the HSP to prepare for mainstream high school study and he progressed very quickly to excel in his studies. In early 2015, his particular interest in Physics and Astrophysics inspired us to make a short film about his school experiences.
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What Is An Asteroid?
Asteroids are small, rocky solar system bodies that populate interplanetary space out to the orbit of Jupiter. There are millions of them, and they are often grouped by their composition. The planetary science community refers to them as minor planets, a general term applied to solar system bodies smaller than moons. Asteroids are mainly made of materials left over from the formation of the inner solar system words. Most of them orbit the Sun between Mars and Jupiter, although there are groups of them that orbit closer. Asteroids come in three composition classes. C-types (chondrites) are made of clay and silicate rocks. S-types are the so-called “stony” asteroids and are made mostly of silicate rocks and nickel-iron mixtures. M-types are metallic nickel-iron. These categories indicate how far from the Sun they formed in the early solar system.
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1. The hottest planet isn’t closest to the sun. Many people know that Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, well less than half of the Earth’s distance. It is no mystery, therefore, why people would assume that Mercury is the hottest planet. We know that Venus, the second planet away from the sun, is on the average 30 million miles farther from the sun than Mercury. The natural assumption is that being farther away, it must be cooler. But assumptions can be dangerous. For practical consideration, Mercury has no atmosphere, no warming blanket to help it maintain the sun’s heat. Venus, on the other hand, is shrouded by an unexpectedly thick atmosphere, about 100 times thicker than our own on Earth. This in itself would normally serve to prevent some of the sun’s energy from escaping back into space and thus raise the overall temperature of the planet. But in addition to the atmosphere’s thickness, it is composed almost entirely of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas. Continue reading 10 surprises about our Solar System – trinhmanhdo.org