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Backyard AstroScience – Presenting in Hawaii in July 2018

Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education ConferenceBackyard AstroScience has been invited to present at the International Astronomy Teaching Summit and the Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Conference being held in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii  23-27 July 2018.

The presentation will focus on the use of robotic telescopes to support amateur astronomy projects, allowing students to achieve extraordinary results.

I will be sharing our recent success stories from a busy year of guiding, mentoring and educating Australian amateur astronomers.

I’m looking forward to visiting the observatories at Mauna Kea during my stay.

Observing Diary: Jupiter at opposition

Date: 9 May 2018

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Jupiter
Jupiter

This year’s series of planetary oppositions kicks-off with Jupiter.

I took this image from my backyard using a 10″ RC scope and a ZWO astronomy camera with the eyepiece projection method. I captured short video grabs and processed them in Autostaakert.

In the night sky Jupiter is followed up by Saturn and Mars. I braved the cold night to image both as they came into view.

Saturn
Saturn
Mars
Mars

Saturn reaches opposition in late June and Mars in late July.

Success Story: Amelia’s “Life on Exoplanets” project is a 2018 BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards winner

We have just heard that Amelia’s “Life on Exoplanets” project has taken out the Primary Investigation category in the 2018 BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards.

Congratulations Amelia!

Amelia used our Exoplanet Transit Tracking project as the centrepiece of her investigation into the possibilities of living on other planets and the challenges of finding other habitable planets. You can find out more about her project here.