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Sedgwick Year End 2011

19 Dec 2011, 18:36 UTC
Sedgwick Year End 2011
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Here is a year end summery of activities involving the BOS telescope at Sedgwick Reserve covering education and outreach, science, and engineering. Education/Outreach:Outreach using the Byrne Observatory at Sedgwick increased slightly over the previous year. In total, there were 10 star parties, as well as a rainy, midday show-and-tell with the observatory. These groups ranged from elementary school groups, family groups, outdoor school groups, youth enrichment programs, college student groups, auctioned events, the California natural reserve system managers, the annual LCOGT star party, and others.Much of the data for Agent Exoplanet also came from the BOS. Earlier this year when we were preparing for Agent Exoplanet, we weren't sure about the quality of the data and if it would hold up against FTN and FTS. Just after a couple of trial transits which showed the data to be quite reliable, we switched gears and it is now our primary resource for gathering extrasolar planet data. Approximately 75-80% of the full-transit data sets that we have for Agent Exoplanet are from BOS. Science:The BOS has also been used for significant science research over the past year, observing about 90% of clear nights. Observations from BOS have been significant in supernovae research ...

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