Global Observatory Network for Solar System Observations

During January 8-9, 2015, we hosted an international group of astronomers at Yale-NUS and at NUS to discuss new forms of global astronomy projects. The visiting scientists represented observatories from Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, India, and California. Our group planned some coordinate observations for March 2015 which will involve telescopes from around the world viewing Jupiter 24 hours a day, and constructing a “weather map” of Jupiter that will enable astronomers to learn more about the drift of storm centers on Jupiter. We were joined by Glenn Orton, a senior scientist from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and these observations will be helpful to support the upcoming NASA mission known as Juno, which will encounter Jupiter in July 2016. Chris Go, world famous amateur astronomy imager gave a workshop on high resolution imaging of Jupiter as well. It was a great meeting!  You can learn more about our network – with the acronym GONSSO – at our site http://gonsso.commons.yale-nus.edu.sg.

 

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Chow Choong Ngeow, from Taiwan’s Lulin Observatory and the National Central University of Taiwan explains some of the science highlights from his observatory to our audience gathered at the NUS ICCP9 part of our conference.

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The audience for the NUS ICCP9 session – which included astronomers from Yale-NUS, NUS, Pomona College, Seoul National University, Langkawi Observatory (Malaysia), NARIT (Thailand), and other parts of the world.

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Chris Go, from the Philippines poses with Bryan Penprase, the conference organizer.

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Pomona College student Franklin Marsh poses with Chris Go in the Yale-NUS College computer lab.

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Our hands-on imaging clinic made use of the best available software for providing HST-like images of Jupiter. Here both Chris and Glenn help users work with the software packages in the Yale-NUS Computer lab.

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Pomona College student Franklin Marsh confers with JPL’s Glenn Orton in the Yale-NUS Computer lab.