Amateur Space News April 9, 2014

Today’s amateur headlines include a proposed community observatory in Jackson Hole, a new educational seismic network in Trinidad and Tobago, profiles of a Mars One candidate and a high school rocket team, plus reports on the Mars opposition and the Lyrids meteor shower.

Amateur astronomer Samuel Singer wants to build a community observatory and planetarium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Singer said in a WyoFile interview that he created the non-profit Wyoming Stargazing to raise money for the facility and a 50-inch (1.2 meter) telescope. Singer told the Jackson Hole News and Guide last month that he wants the facility to focus on amateur astronomy and education rather than professional research.

The Trinidad Guardian reported on Seismology in Schools, a new science program for secondary students in the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Eight schools in the pilot program will monitor seismographs and use the data in their science classes. The University of the West Indies is working with the University of Leicester to develop the program which is modeled after the UK’s Seismology in Schools Program. The students’ seismographs will send the data to the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology’s Seismographs for Schools service, giving Trinidadian students access to seismic data from over 500 schools around the world.

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