2nd Citizen Sky Workshop Schedule
The 2nd Citizen Sky Workshop is fast approaching! A (hopefully) final schedule has been posted here. This workshop has an opportunity to be one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I haven't been able to find a record of a workshop with a similar theme: training citizen scientists to perform their own data analysis and write research papers for peer-reviewed journals. Of course, not all of that can be covered in just 3 days (it usually takes astronomers 6 years of grad school to figure it out!). But this is hopefully the starting point in the journey. In the next year we plan to focus more on the teams and will be assigning professional liasons and putting more training materials online. Remember, all video from this workshop will be posted online. And this time we have a professional videographer dedicated to the purpose of recording the workshops, so the quality will be much better than the first workshop.
For those attending, here are links to a few videos from the first workshop you may want to familiarize yourself with. Some of these speakers will be at this second workshop as well, and the info here is good background.
- Dr. Bob: About epsilon Aurigae
- Dr. Doug Welch: Superbinary Stars
- Brian Kloppenborg: Disks in Astrophysics
- The rest of the video is here.
It has been quiet lately as we've focused on preparing for the workshop, doing paperwork ending the official first year of the project grant and epsilon Aurigae was lost in the glare of the Sun. However, we expect to hit the ground running quickly a few days after the workshop. So stay tuned. The first year was dedicated to infrastructure development and data collection. Now that most of that is done, we have much more time this year to devote to activity!