Amateur Astronomers Boost Asteroid Hunt

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Yet again young amateur astronomers are helping scientists with real science.

By Mark Thompson Thu May 31, 2012 12:01 PM ET

http://news.discovery.com/space/amateur-asteroids-esa-faulkes-hunt-120531.html

Note: Professional research groups will often turn to amateur astronomers to help with detailed observations.

Quoting Mark Thompson, That's the beauty of astronomy; the sky is a big place, plenty of room for everyone. Nowhere is this truer than in the search for asteroids and, in particular, the more deadly near-Earth asteroids (NEAs).

So, a partnership with the UK's Faulkes Telescope Project http://www.faulkes-telescope.com hopes to boost the European Space Agency's space hazards research while at the same time giving students the chance to discover potentially hazardous space rocks.

The UK's Faulkes Telescope Project has teamed up with the European Space Agency in the aim of helping students track down asteroids.

The Faulkes Telescope Project runs both educational and research programs, based at the University of Glamorgan in the UK. The project has a strong record in public education and science outreach, and is a partner of the US-based Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope network, which owns and operates two telescopes. Faulkes supports hundreds of schools across Europe.

Note: Thanks to Jeff Lichtman for this item.

 

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