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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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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