This week the students at Forrest Gate Community School were learning how to spot asteroids. They began by using the Maxim DL software, where they uploaded the training images and animated them to look for the asteroid. Students spotted the asteroid very quickly and were very excited about this! They then went through the process of how to identify the RA and DEC of the asteroid in each image. This allowed the students to practice the process of reporting new discoveries.
Students from six secondary schools across London have been taking part in the Noosfera project Discovery within a week. The students, this week were building on their understanding from last week by cementing their understanding of locating celestial bodies using the coordinate system Right Ascension and Declination. The students looked at Azimuth and Altitude to understand the difference between this system and which they would use to communicate with. The students explored
42 students from 4 schools across London took part in their first session of their Discovery within a Week club. Students took time to explore the digital planetarium software ‘Stellarium’. Students were able to use its key features to identify planets, stars and other celestial objects. They began to learn about the coordinate system in the sky and how it is used to locate objects. They found constellations and looked at how the astrology links to astronomy. The students wer
Mimas is an icy, crater-pocked moon of Saturn a mere 400 kilometers (250 miles) in diameter. Its largest crater Herschel is nearly 140 kilometers wide. About a third the diameter of Mimas itself, Herschel crater gives the small moon an ominous appearance, especially for scifi fans of the Death Star battlestation of Star Wars fame. In fact, only a slightly bigger impact than the one that created such a large crater on a small moon could have destroyed Mimas entirely. In this C