Recently a school in the UK contacted us who have been using our network through our partnership with Faulkes Telescope Project. It is always great to hear from people using our network. It looks like they made the most of a bad weather situation.
Last weekend, October 22-24, was the California Science Teachers Association's annual conference in Sacramento. The conference featured 14 hours of workshops, two general sessions, six focus speakers, four field courses, 16 short courses, as well as keynote speakers Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from the television show Mythbusters.
Once again, Richard Miles from British Astronomical Association's Asteroids and Comets section has glimpsed another fast rotating asteroid, called 2010 TD54. It is estimated that this asteroid is only 7 (+/-2) m in diameter. This asteroid is small and faint, but fortunately it is passing close to the earth at present allowing us a great view.
On October 2nd, a group of 16 guests had an in-depth tour of LCOGT's Goleta office and workshop, while learning about LCOGT's mission and goals. They traveled in executive shuttles to Sedgwick Reserve, where they were welcomed by Sedgwick staff and volunteer docents, as well as astronomers and volunteers from LCOGT.
Faulkes Telescope North is situated on the island of Mauion Haleakala (Holly-ah-kah-lah), but Pfluke did not need to ascend the mountain to use the telescope. Dr. J. D. Armstrong, Maui Technology Education and Outreach Specialist for the Institute for Astronomy (a position 50% funded by LCOGT), brought the mountain to Pfluke and his classmates.
This past Saturday, Siding Spring Observatory, in the Warrumbungle National Park, held its annual Open House. The Faulkes Telescope South (FTS) is one of twelve telescopes located at Siding Spring Observatory and all participated in the big event. Staffed by John, Jan, and Minnie Shobbrook, the FTS, the third largest telescope at Siding Spring,and its fellow observatories received just under four hundred interested visitors, including the mayor of the Warrumbungle Shire.