This week the students at Lister Community School were getting the skills to discover variable stars. Our enthusiastic group was using the training images to run through the process on Muniwin to identify possible variables. They then searched the variable star index to find out whether the star has already been discovered. As these are training images, the stars have already been found by the Russian students. The students then searched for more data on the Catalina Sky Surv
This week at Lister Community School one of our UCL astronomers visited! The students were learning about asteroids and how to spot them in the telescope images. They were learning about right ascension and declination to locate celestial objects. The students quickly got to grips with this and were able to locate the asteroid using its pixel position and linking it to the catalogue to find the RA and DEC to determine it’s celestial coordinate. The students really enjoyed thi
This week students at Lister Community School began to search for asteroids using the new software. The students were very excited to have the chance to use the software. They located the asteroid very quickly and went through the process of locating it in each images and recording the RA and DEC. Students at Forest Gate Community School and Sanders School have moved onto locating variable stars using the training images. The students diligently worked though the process and
On January 30th, 2017 a new asteroid P10zaUs was discovered by Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii. On January 31st it was named 2017 BS32 by the Minor Planet Center. It became clear right from the start that this object will approach Earth by the minimum distance of 160 thousand km (2.5 times closer than the Moon) in the evening of February 2nd. At 3 PM Moscow time asteroid BS32 will cross the lunar orbit, becoming the closest natural celestial body until 8 AM on February 3rd.