StarPals and IYA: Remote Imaging Projects for Research and Astrophotography
StarPals is a nascent non-profit organization with the goal of providing opportunities for international collaboration between students of all ages within space science research. StarPals aims to inspire students by providing opportunities in which, more than simply visualizing themselves as research scientists, they can actually become one. The technologies of robotic telescopes, videoconferencing, and online classrooms are expanding the possibilities like never before. In honor of IYA2009, StarPals would like to encourage 400 schools to participate on a global scale in astronomy/cosmology research on various concurrent projects. We will offer in-person or online workshops and training sessions to teach the teachers. We will be seeking publication in scientific journals for some student research. For our current project, the Double Stars Challenge, students use the robotic telescopes to take a series of four images of one of 30 double stars from a list furnished by the U.S. Naval Observatory.
Fischer, A. A., & Kingan, J. J. (2008). StarPals and IYA: Remote Imaging Projects for Research and Astrophotography. In M. G. Gibbs, J. Barnes, J. G. Manning, and B. Partridge, Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-On Symposium,