Introducing Jacquie Milner, amateur astronomer and member of MBO and the Occultation Section of Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ), who recently participated in the New Horizons mission to Pluto by providing occultation information she collected from her own telescope in her own backyard. So if you have ever wondered, while looking through your telescope, how you could do more or help contribute to Science, Jacquie may be the one to get you started as she recounts her exciting story on her role in the mission to Pluto.
More from Jacquie:
How to Catch a Shadow
Two weeks before the New Horizons spacecraft reached Pluto, the dwarf planet was predicted to pass in front of star. Observing this occultation would provide important data about the current state of Pluto’s atmosphere and where exactly Pluto was. Professional astronomers from all over the world converged on SE Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand to join with amateur astronomers, hoping for clear skies on the morning of 30th June 2015. I tell my part in this international effort, as witnessed from my backyard here in Melbourne.
Join Jacquie in the Scienceworks Science Stage to find out how to make a serious contribution to science as an amateur or just to find out exactly what an occultation is. NOTE: This talk is aimed at older audiences.
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