RAS (Remote Astronomical Society) Observatory Announces Second Free Web-based Seminar on Asteroid Hunting -- General Public Invited

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Following closely on the heels of a very successful first event, the RAS Observatory has the distinct honor of presenting noted Canadian geophysicist, Andrew Lowe, on the subject of using the internet to discover asteroids. Lowe, currently is pending confirmation of his 100th asteroid discovery since January, will detail his scintillating encounters with space rocks. Further, Mr. Lowe goes into minute details of his unique strategies that have allowed him to achieve this remarkable performance.

The RAS (Remote Astronomical Society) Observatory, in conjunction with Ivocalize.com, (http://www.ivocalize.com) a web conference hosting service, announced the second web-based seminar that will be available to the world-wide general public. The seminar titled, “Using the Internet to discover Asteroids”, is presented by Andrew Lowe (http://members.shaw.ca/andrewlowe/) and is being offered as a public service of the RAS Observatory. There is no charge for access to this seminar.

Here are the main points:

  •     Who: Presented by Andrew Lowe, (http://members.shaw.ca/andrewlowe/inthenews.htm)
  •     What: Web-based seminar on Asteroid Discovery Using the Internet
  •     Where: On your most convenient web connected computer via the internet
  •     When: Saturday, November 19, 2005 12:00 PM MST (19:00 UTC). Approximately 1 hour
  •     What: Here is an example of what can be accomplished using the internet as a resource

Those wishing to participate are required to join a Yahoo group specifically setup for this meeting. The link to that group may be found at http://www.ras-observatory.org/ras/Web_Seminars/web_seminars.html

All further information will be distributed only to those that sign up for this group. Questions should be directed to the email link provided.

The sponsors indicate that hundreds of attendees can be simultaneously accommodated to participate in this seminar. However, space is limited so interested parties are urged to sign-up immediately to guarantee a seat.

Martin Nicholson, director of the RAS (Remote Astronomical Society) Observatory, also commented, “Along with this series of seminars, the RAS Observatory is also offering additional programs to provide amateur astronomers with similar remote observing facilities currently only enjoyed by professional astronomers.”

An added attraction to the 5 sophisticated Takahashi telescope systems mounted on Paramount robotic mounts is their access to the pristine dark skies of New Mexico, USA.

In a technical vein some of the instruments are equipped with special filters and sensitive detectors that are typically beyond the financial means of many amateurs. By joining the RAS Observatory members can engage in some very specific types of research.”

RAS Observatory listed some of the additional benefits available to members:

  •      A support system for amateur astronomers to participate in scientific research
  •     Educational resources
  •     Assistance in developing meaningful projects
  •     Assistance in presenting findings and document research results
  •     Submission of papers
  •     Coordination of research projects
  •     Subsidizing special research rates for amateur research projects
  •     A platform to permit researchers to present work
  •     Recognition to researchers for achievements
  •     Coordinate amateur projects with professional projects
  •     Coordinate collaborative projects
  •     Completive projects to help develop skills
  •     Participate in web-based technical seminars

Mr. Nicholson continued, “This seminar is a continuation of our previously announced plans for future activities of the observatory. Now, international amateur researchers will be able to attend global meetings using the RAS Observatory resources from their respective locations through-out the world. This will allow many more individuals to participate, save a tremendous amount of time, reduce travel and accommodation costs and in general speed up the entire process of disseminating new technology and resolving many issues in a much shorter time frame.”

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