Astronomer, JBL and Blue Mountain Observatories in Australia
Seven astronomers have been selected to receive Shoemaker NEO (Near Earth Object) grants from the Planetary Society. They and their observatories span the planet. We’ll meet an American and an Australian. Society Chief Scientist Bruce Betts provides an overview of the grant program and later returns for this week’s edition of What’s Up. The Planetary Society’s Kate Howells reports on the outlook for space funding in Canada’s newly-released federal budget. She and Society CEO Bill Nye also met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Vladimir Benishek, at Sopot Astronomical Observatory south of Belgrade in Serbia.
Michel Ory at the Morocco Oukaïmeden Sky Survey (MOSS) in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
Donald Pray at Sugarloaf Mountain Observatory in Massachusetts, USA
Donald Pray at Sugarloaf Mountain Observatory in Massachusetts, USA with a new 0.5 meter telescope for studying asteroid pairs. The mirror, structure, and focuser were purchased with a 2013 Shoemaker NEO Grant.
Blue Mountains Observatory
Blue Mountains Observatory in New South Wales, Australia
2015 Shoemaker NEO Grant winner Julian Oey and the 0.64 meter telescope at the Blue Mountains Observatory that will be improved through the grant with a new CCD camera.