Amateur Space Weekly - March 7

Amateur Space Weekly - March 7

Undergrads design the first satellite to be assembled in space, a new app crowdsources flood reports in Europe, how citizen scientists can help study a solar eclipse, amateur observations of a stellar merger, and more in this week's recap of news in amateur space exploration.

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Amateur Space Weekly - February 22

Amateur Space Weekly - February 22

Space archaeology, 21st Century shop class, quinoa curry, DIY radiation detector, astronomy tourism, crowdsourcing the search for gravitational waves and more in this week's recap from the world of amateur space exploration.

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Amateur Space Weekly - January 25

Amateur satellites, teen robotics in space, crowdsourcing Mars geology, crowdsourcing pulsar discoveries, and space tourism in Arizona are just some of the news reports from the past week in 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 - 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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Amateur astronomer helps pros study super-Saturn orbiting another star

None of last week’s coverage of super-Saturn J1407b explored the role amateurs played in the research. I spoke with Belgian amateur astronomer Franz-Josef Hambsch about his passion for variable star astronomy and how that led to his participation in the super-Saturn research.

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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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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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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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Citizen Sky - learn to study variable stars

The American Association of Variable Star Observers created the Citizen Sky program to enlist amateurs around the world and study the 2009-2011 eclipse of the binary star system epsilon Aurigae. By the end of the eclipse amateurs had submitted over eight thousand observations, making epsilon Aurigae the most thoroughly-observed variable star in history. 

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