Viewing posts from October, 2009

Twitter Moonwatch competition

As part of Twitter Moonwatch  we have been working with our UK education partner Faulkes Telescope Project and the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (UK national node), to bring a competition to win an hour observing on Faulkes Telescope South .

Maui Students Shoot For The Moon

Tonight We will attempt to image the LCROSS impact using the Faulkes Telescope North. Recently students at Kalama Intermediate on Maui created their own LCROSS event.  Assisted by Dr. J. D. Armstrong, on Friday October 2nd students in the astronomy club tested impactors that they had constructed from clay.  the purpose of the investigation was to determine how the shape of the impactor affects the formation of the plume.  Each student made his/her own impactor out of 500 grams of clay, and after drying the impactors were dropped from a the same height into a bin of dried coffee grounds.  Coffee grounds were used because they are lighter than sand or other materials and were available for free at Starbuck's Coffee.  The plume from each student's impactor was recorded with a small video camera and a digital SLR camera.  Student's plan on analyzing the data and hope to be able to see data taken by the Faulkes telescopes at their on their next meeting on October 18th.  

Science Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo

October 3, 2009 was the first annual Science Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo.  Many excited kids, parents, and teachers got to spend a sunny Saturday surrounded not only by hundreds of exciting and exotic animals, but by also learning about different types of science and by participating in several fun and educational hands-on activities.   

Amateur Outreach Award 2009

Every year the Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award is presented to an individual displaying outstanding outreach by an amateur astronomer to children and the public. This award is presented at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) annual meeting, after the ASP board of directors have reviewed all the candidates.

Maui Intitute for Astronomy Open House

On September 18 the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, Haleakalā division held their third annual Open House from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  This year ice cream was added to the popular liquid nitrogen demonstration.  The lab tours allowed hundreds of people to see the equipment used by scientists, and amazingly nothing was broken.  PanSTARRS added a tour of their control room, and a cratering activity – an activity that had JD drying used coffee grounds from Starbucks for four weeks.  Two middle school students and a high school student helped with the Faulkes Telescope North live feed – another new addition to the event.