Amateur Space Weekly - June 12

British teenager discovers a planet orbiting another star, UK rocketeers head to international competition, US storm-spotters help improve severe weather warnings and more in my recap of the news in amateur space exploration.

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Celebrate World Space Week with these GPS-enabled space exploration projects

Celebrate World Space Week with these GPS-enabled space exploration projects

World Space Week 2014, the global celebration of all things space, chose the theme “Space: Guiding the Way” to raise awareness of the role satellite navigation systems play in our lives. In honor of World Space Week, here's a collection of GPS-enabled amateur space exploration projects you can join. Track balloons flying into Near Space; crowdsource aurora, weather, and cosmic ray data; or create your own GPS apps for Nasa.

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Free online courses for amateur space explorers

Free online courses for amateur space explorers

Want to learn more about planetary science and astronomy? Top universities around the world run open online courses that anyone can take - free of charge. You won't get credit or a degree from CalTech or MIT, but you get to learn about space and our place in it from the top scientists in the world.

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Skynet University

Skynet University offers self-paced online versions of the introductory astronomy courses taught at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. While taking the courses you have access to UNC’s Skynet network of robotic telescopes in Chile, Australia, and North Carolina so you can make your own observations of planets, nebulae, and galaxies.

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