This Thursday and Friday is the Comet ISON Observer’s Workshop: a meeting of comet scientists at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. We'll be liveblogging the meeting's presentations and discussion sessions here at ISONblog.
Session 4: Amateur-Professional Synergy
5:22 PM We're done for the day. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our coverage tomorrow!
5:15 PM Discussion is winding down, and Padma Yanamandra-Fisher tries to wrap it up: "do try to find an amateur network near you." But it's not that simple, multiple commenters say. Professionals need to dictate what kind of observations are most scientifically useful. And we're heating up again!
5:02 PM The global plan for studying ISON: "Multi-dimensional Pro-Am Synergy." The future is here, folks. But in all seriousness, everyone seems thrilled about how developed professional and amateur networks are today compared to in the past.
4:59 PM Elizabeth Warner is providing some guidelines for good amateur-professional collaborations. In a pinch, they'd double as good dating advice. Communicate!
4:45 PM Lou Mayo is explaining NASA's outreach goals: developing the next generation of scientists, and conveying cooling science results to the public. People respond most to events, so ISON's coming is a great opportunity to ...