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!
The website has grown by leaps and bounds since my last update. Our web developer Kate has done a wonderful job implementing many new features. Participants can now submit both visual and non-visual data through the CS site. You can subscribe to blog or forum posts in order to keep tabs on the site from your email account. The view data section of the site is now up and running providing users with both light curves and tables of data. The team section of the site is active with almost a dozen teams already in place - we invite you to join a team or form a team of your own! The event listing section of the site is up and running. Please feel free to post your astronomy-related events here. This is a great way to get the word out to other CS participants about your CS-related talks as well as your local club meetings. We have quite a number of beginner CS participants - let's fill up the calendar with events so that each of them can find information/support locally as well as on the CS site. The forums have been home to many interesting posts including the announcement of CS Staff member, Brian K's mini campaign on zeta Aurigae.
We have held a number of interesting chats in recent months. Tonight (11/18-8pm eastern) we will hold a beginners' chat for those just getting started with astronomy or with the Citizen Sky Project.
Workshop News: Most of the videos from the first CS Workshop are now online. We will be adding the few remaining videos or audio in the next week or so. Also, it's official! The dates for the second workshop, focusing on data analysis and scientific paper writing, have been selected. The workshop will be held at California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco September 3-5, 2010. More information and an application for travel grants will go online later this winter.
In other news, the first issue of our monthly Citizen Sky Newsletter was distributed earlier this month. More articles and updates are brewing for the December issue! Also, did you know that Citizen Sky now has a Facebook page? Stop by and check it out!
In the works/coming soon: I have been in contact with teams at California Academy of Sciences and Adler Planetarium about the progress they are making on the Citizen Sky planetarium trailer and an epsilon Aurigae interactive visualization tool. Progress is also being made on a professional quality documentary on the Citizen Sky Project which was filmed in large part at the first CS workshop in August. Also, an activity for the Science Olympiad competition is more than halfway to completion. Members of the Citizen Sky staff will be traveling to Washington DC this winter to give presentations on the Citizen Sky Project at the American Astronomical Society Meeting.
It is sure to be a busy few months ahead. Stay tuned for further updates on our good friend, epsilon Aurigae, and on the Citizen Sky Project as a whole!
Citizen Sky Project Manager