There are hints in recent visual observations of a decline in brightness for epsilon Aurigae. In this walk through, learn how to read data and the light curve to make your own decision. What do you think? "Is it real, or is it Memorex?"
The chat transcript to our Nov. 18 online Beginner's Chat has been posted. The chat was for those Citizen Sky participants who are relatively new to astronomy and/or the Citizen Sky project. Below is the original announcement:
Everyone is invited to an online "Beginners' Chat" to be held this Wednesday, November 18 at 8 pm Eastern (7 pm Central, 6 pm Mountain, 5 pm Pacific). The goal of the chat is to answer questions about Citizen Sky, epsilon Aurigae, and/or astronomy in general. The tone will be tailored to new participants in the project so this is a great chance to find out more about the project without feeling overwhelmed by the scale of the project.Read more
Hello Citizen Skyers!
It has been a while, so I thought I’d update everyone on a few components of the Citizen Sky Project...
The eclipse is now well underway and Dr. Bob has been doing a great job keeping us updated on all of the "ins and outs" of the decline. If you haven't already, read Dr. Bob's blog posts for the latest on the eclipse! Read more
Citizen Sky has issued a press release (in english and espanol) with an update on the project and including new artwork (including one image created by the aesthetic solutions team). This is being released at the Jan. 3-7 American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting, billed as the largest meeting of astronomers ever. Citizen Sky will be well represented there through posters, talks and press conferences. We will also be wandering the halls looking for neat news updates to bring you regarding epsilon Aurigae and other astrophysical phenomenon. Stay tuned during the week for reports!
And don't forget to continue your observations!Read more
The chat transcript to the January 12, 2010 chat discussing the remaining questions after the exciting press releases at the AAS meeting is attached as a pdf document to this blog posting. It was really an exciting chat with several good questions being asked! The original chat advertisement follows:Read more
We've just posted a new tool on the Citizen Sky web site. Created by colleagues from Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, the epsilon Aurigae Simulator allows the user to manipulate various parameters of the system and view the resulting lightcurve.
Brian has written a tutorial, which offers a quick introduction to the simulator. This is a great chance to read up on all of the recent results on eps Aur and use them to model your own version of the system. Have fun!