Amateur Space Weekly - January 2

2015 closed with several news reports about amateurs and space. A French amateur discovered a nova in a neighboring galaxy. An Australian school uses wind tunnels and model rockets to teach physics. Teens will be sending experiments into space again. Crowdsourcing weather reports, comet searches, and black hole investigations. All of this and more....

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Amateur Space Weekly - November 28

Amateur Space Weekly - November 28

Could we crowdsource the Moon? Australian teens coding space robots. Spotting fish-poachers from space. Meteorites, exoplanets, rovers, and more news from the world of amateur space exploration in this week's recap.

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Amateur Space Weekly - June 28

Amateur Space Weekly - June 28

Student experiments destroyed in SpaceX explosion, Europe's CanSat championship goes to Austrian and British schools, Australia's DIY satellite project and more in this week's recap 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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When Rocks Fall Like Rain

When Rocks Fall Like Rain

556 asteroids struck Earth over the past 20 years according to a new report from Nasa’s Near Earth Object Program. Fortunately the constant rain of rocks and boulders striking our planet burn up in the atmosphere - unless it’s a big one like the Chelyabinsnk meteor. Learn how you can help the professionals protect our planet from asteroid threats.

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Recon's student space explorers will peer into the Solar System's far frontier

Recon's student space explorers will peer into the Solar System's far frontier

By this time next year a network of 40 high schools across the American West will start exploring the most remote regions of the Solar System thanks to  $1 million in National Science Foundation grants. Dr. Marc Buie and Dr. John Keller are the two co-investigators in Recon, the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network. They spoke with me about how the project combines citizen science, education outreach, and planetary science.

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Make stellar images with the Bradford Robotic Telescope

Make stellar images with the Bradford Robotic Telescope

I didn't have to spend $10,000 on my own telescope to create this image of the Orion Nebula. Thanks to the Bradford Robotic Telescope it only cost me £3 (about $5). Created by scientists at the University of Bradford to support British primary and secondary schools, anyone can subscribe to their service and create dozens of images every month.

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Learn how to find space rocks with the Asteroid Observer's Program

Learn how to find space rocks with the Asteroid Observer's Program

Learn how to find asteroids and comets through the Amateur Observer’s Program. Tracking the faint points of light moving slowly across the night sky doesn’t just challenge your amateur astronomy skills - professional astronomers depend on amateurs to make observations they can’t do themselves.

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Space bacon and other space crowdfunding projects

Every couple of months I do a scan for new space-related projects on the crowdfunding sites. Right now you can support projects ranging from space and science journalism, to amateur and professional research, to outreach projects, to Near Space exploration... to space bacon.

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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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