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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Gifts for Astrophysicists: Amateur observations of twinkling stars

As the holidays and the new year approaches, why not make a resolution to give more… data? The economics of science limits what scientists can do on their own. If you’re an amateur astronomer, why not share your data on the twinkling stars?

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Amateur Space News April 22, 2014

Today’s headlines include a dwarf nova spotted by amateurs, companies trying to use amateur satellites radio frequencies, preparation for the KickSat release, a student plan to explore the Moon, and more.

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Supernova Alerts

Supernovae and other short-lived, unpredictable cosmic events pose a challenge astronomers. They want to collect data during the earliest phases of the exposure, but critical hours or days may pass before anyone notices the event. The astronomy community has several alert systems that spread the word so professional and amateur astronomers alike can observe the stellar explosions.

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American Association of Variable Star Observers

The American Association of Variable Star Observers brings amateur and professional astronomers together to study the changing light from other stars. The AAVSO’s members have spent the past century making important contributions to science that professionals cannot make on their own. 

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