Amateur Space Weekly - February 29

Amateur Space Weekly - February 29

Amateur CubeSats get free rides into orbit, coders help space robot see, zero-g curry and veggie meatballs, educational seismic networks, Argentinian asteroid discovery, and a Japanese supernova discovery are some of this week's reports from the world of amateur space exploration.

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Amateur Space Weekly - December 13

30,000,000th variable star observation from amateur astronomers, teen rocketeers launch in India and the US, kids take control of robots on the space station, plus citizen science projects that study exoplanets, gravity waves, and weather. All this and more in this week's recap of news in amateur space exploration.
 

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Amateur Space Weekly - December 5

Irish schools connect with telescopes on the other side of the world, Nasa's Juno mission to Jupiter asks for the public's help, Hubble scientists seek amateur exoplanet observations, and a satellite built by... primary school students. These are a few of this week's reports from the world of amateur space exploration.

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Hubble and the Amateurs - the public's role in the 25-year-old space telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary produced a wave of media coverage. The scientists, engineers, and astronauts responsible for Hubble’s legacy deserve every bit of that praise, but the media didn’t pay much attention to Hubble’s role in amateur astronomy. Read on to learn how amateurs work with Hubble astronomers and even use Hubble data themselves.

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Shoemaker Levy 9's Anniversary Ends, but its Impact Continues

Shoemaker Levy 9's Anniversary Ends, but its Impact Continues

20 years ago amateur astronomers David H Levy and Carolyn and Gene Shoemaker discovered a comet - shattered into dozens of mountain-sized pieces - heading for Jupiter. The first piece of the comet slammed into Jupiter on July 16, 1994. Yesterday marked the anniversary of the final impact into the gas giant, but its impact here on Earth was more enduring.

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Amateurs Help Professionals Study the Giant Planets

Amateurs Help Professionals Study the Giant Planets

Professional planetary scientists with the International Outer Planets Watch depend on amateur observations of the giant planets. Amateurs produce near-continuous coverage of the planets and spot asteroid and comet impacts on Jupiter. Without amateurs' observations, planetary scientists would have a much harder time exploring the outer planets.

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Amateur Space News May 16, 2014

Amateur Space News May 16, 2014

Amateurs help Nasa observe Jupiter’s shrinking Great Red Spot leads today’s news. Other headlines include dogecoin-financed lunar rover races, high school students collecting comet dust from Near Space, other high school projects in Near Space and microgravity, a student rocket team, an Australian amateur astronomer, and a Florida Mars One candidate.

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Amateur Space News May 8, 2014

A cluster of STEM education articles (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in today’s headlines. Also an undergraduate high-altitude balloon project, Americans’ mixed opinions on space exploration, British radio amateurs thanked by Nasa, the challenges of crowdsourcing search-and-rescue as well as satellite-building, and the daily round of articles about Mars One.

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Radio Jove Student Radio Telescope

Get a radio telescope kit from Nasa and listen to Jupiter’s magnetic storms. The Radio Jove Project created a do-it-yourself kit with little more than a wire and some basic electronics, but the simple telescope will introduce you to the strange world of radio astronomy.

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Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope

The Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope program lets students across America study radio emissions from the giant planets and the black holes in distant galaxies using one of Nasa’s giant radio dish antennas. More than 32,000 primary and secondary school students have conducted real scientific research since the program began twenty years ago. Their work supports professional research and helps the Juno and Spitzer space missions.

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