Astronomy Club Last night. October 7, 2010Posted by jcconwell in Asteroids, Observatory.
Tags: Asteroid, Astrometrica, Eastern Illinois University, EIU, NEO
Last night the Astronomy Club met and we got our picture taken for the yearbook, followed by an introduction to Astrometrica, given by Tyler and Hannah. Astrometrica is the program we use that takes the raw photos, like the ones above, from the various telescopes at EIU and ARI, and measures the exact position and speed of the asteroids. This is then sent to the Minor Planet center to determine the asteroid’s orbit, and to find if it is a potentially hazardous object that may slam into Earth in the future.
If you want to learn more, Astronomy club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month, at 8:00 PM, in room 2153 of the Physical Science Building.