School Teachers Aid in the Search for Killer Asteroids July 29, 2009Posted by jcconwell in Asteroids, Astronomy.
Tags: Asteroid, Astronomy, EIU, NEO
My graduate class in astronomy for science teachers just completed its summer course.
One of the last thing we do is to have some outside speakers come in. On Monday, Bob Holmes head of the Astronomical Research Institute based here in Charleston, Illinois, spoke to the students about one of his NASA projects that he involved with. Searching for NEO’s (Near Earth Objects)
ARI’s telescopes can take more than 1000 photos a night, while hunting for objects that can cross Earth’s orbit, like the movie above. So high school teachers and their students are needed to to go through and hunt for objects that may hit us. The software is free, and if a new object is found, the student get credit and published in the minor planet circular at Harvard University. For more information, if you, and your students might be interested in this search contact ARI: http://ari.home.mchsi.com/contact_astro_research.htm
INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL SEARCH COLLABORATION
And for information about the software used Astrometrica: