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(Astronomy 2.0)

Training for Teachers „Astronomy 2.0”

First online-training „Astronomy 2.0” will start at Friday 15th May, 2020

In Cooperation with the Planetarium Münster teachers from Pascal-Gymnasium and Ratsgymnasium Münster as well as the Nepomucenum Coesfeld take part at the first online-training "Astronomy 2.0". "Online" not only because of the CORONA virus, but also because this is a normal way of working in modern scientific work, Astronomy 2.0!

In two conference circuits of 2.5 hours each, the teachers learn how to work with students on the 23 LCO research telescopes and how to evaluate astronomical images created.

Optionally, the teachers can control the 2-meter Faulkes Telescope South in Siding Spring / Australia directly in special sessions (remote control mode).

First remote session (Wed, May 13, 2020 / 8:15-8:45 UT)

Real Time Interface of the 2m Faulkes Telescope South (FTS): The galaxies NGC 2997 and NGC 5128 were observed with different color filters (RGB each 120s). Michael Weiermann from Nepomucenum Coesfeld made the following color pictures from it:

NGC 2997, May 13, 2020

NGC 2997 ; May 13, 2020 ; 2m FTS ; © Weiermann 

NGC 5128, May 13, 2020

NGC 5128 ; May 13, 2020 ; 2m FTS ; © Weiermann

Second remote session (Thu, May 14, 2020 / 8:15-8:45 UT)

Real Time Interface of the 2m Faulkes Telescope South (FTS): The task was to capture the comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) and the Ghost of Jupiter (NGC 3242) in color. The exposure times had to be adjusted. One result was the following picture of NGC 3242 (RGB 1s each):

Ghost of Jupiter (NGC 3242) / May 14, 2020

Ghost of Jupiter (NGC 3242) / May 14, 2020 ; 2m FTS ; © Breitenstein & Bröring 

 First Part of the workshop for teachers (Fri, May 15, 2020 / 16:00-18:30 MESZ)

Program:

  • Introduction of participants
  • Explanations of the function of the virtual conference room
  • Presentation of the working environment of the LCO telescopes
  • Creating own work orders for the LCO telescopes; targets: M9 ; M13 ; M27 ; M57 ; NGC3242 ; C/2017 T2 (PanSTARRS)
  • Homework
  • Further planning

Some results:

M9 / May 15, 2020

 M9 ; May 15, 2020 ; 2m FTS ; © Weiermann; LCO-composed 

M9

M9 ; May 15, 2020 ; 2m FTS ; © Weiermann ; self-composed

 

M27 / May 15, 2020




M27 ; May 15, 2020 ; 0.4m LCO-McDonald ; © Sieger 

Position of Goldilocks

Position of the Mira star NSV 24959, called „Goldilocks“, was found. Goldilocks is almost invisible here. See our project Goldilocks Variable.


 

Komet C/2020 T2 (PanSTARRS) / May 15, 2020

Comet C/2017 T2 ; May 15, 2020 ; 0.4m LCO-Teide ; © Reinhard & Breitenstein 

Coma and movement is visible. Unfortunately there was only enough time for three short shots.



Second part of the workshop for teachers (Tue, May 19, 2020 / 16:00-18:30 MESZ)

Program:

  • Asteroid hunt (remote session, if possible)
  • Download of fit-packages from LCO sience archiv
  • Unpack LCO archive files
  • Download and install the Astrometrica software
  • Creation of MPC reports with Astrometrica
  • Results
  • Homework
  • Further planning

Some results:

Confirmation of NEO 2020 KN1 of type Amor:

NEO 2020 KN1


2020 05 19 ; 14:16:31 - 14:28:55 UT
4 images, each stacked, 4 x 15s

A day later, the discovery and confirmations were accepted by the Minor Plant Center with the following Minor Planet Electronic Circular:

2020 KN1 = C2TAZN2 (May 20.19 UT) [see MPEC 2020-K80]
Orbit type: Amor||Near-Earth Object [ Animation ] 
Telescope: F65 - Haleakala-Faulkes Telescope North
Name: 2020 KN1


Observers: M. Weiermann, N. Reinhard, T. Sieger, L. Broering, P. Breitenstein.  
Measurers: M. Weiermann, L. Broering, P. Breitenstein.  

With excellent residuals in seconds of arc:

Date

MPC-code

Right Ascension

Declination

20200519

F65

0.2+

0.2+

20200519

F65

0.1+

0.1-

20200519

F65

0.2+

0.0+