Variable Star Astronomy Education & Public Outreach Initiative

Young, Donna L. (2008) Variable Star Astronomy Education & Public Outreach Initiative. In: The Society for Astronomical Sciences 27th Annual Symposium on Telescope Science. Society for the Astronomical Sciences, pp. 87-90.

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Abstract

The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) published a comprehensive variable star curriculum, “Hands-On Astrophysics, Variable Stars in Science, Math, and Computer Education” in 1997. The curriculum, funded by the National Science Foundation, was developed for a comprehensive audience – amateur astronomers, classroom educators, science fair projects, astronomy clubs, family learning, and anyone interested in learning about variable stars. Some of the activities from the Hands-On Astrophysics curriculum have been incorporated into the educational materials for the Chandra X-Ray Observatory’s Educational and Public Outreach (EPO) Office. On two occasions, in 2000 and 2001, triggered by alerts from amateur astronomers, Chandra observed the outburst of the dwarf nova SS Cygni. The cooperation of amateur variable star astronomers and Chandra X-Ray scientists provided proof that the collaboration of amateur and professional astronomers is a powerful tool to study cosmic phenomena. Once again, the Chandra and AAVSO have teamed up – this time to promote variable star education. The Hands-On Astrophysics curriculum is being re-designed and updated from the original materials to a web-based format. The new version, re-named Variable Star Astronomy, will provide formal and informal educators, and especially amateur astronomers, educational materials to help promote interest in and knowledge of variable stars.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2017 01:41
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1389

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