A Lasting Legacy for Astronomy Education: Meet Asteroid AdaCarrera

Astronomers hope Near-Earth Asteroid 1999 AP10 will soon have an inspiring new name: AdaCarrera, in honor of the remarkable Ada Amelia Carrera Rodriguez (1936 – 2020) of Mexico, legendary female motorcyclist and lifelong astronomy education advocate, whose legacy continues to shine bright.  AdaCarrera was the overwhelming winner of Unistellar and SETI Institute’s “Nickname the…

Join Us: Unistellar Winter Solstice Star Party

On December 21, stargazers worldwide are invited to join the Unistellar Winter Solstice Star Party, hosted by citizen astronomers, hobbyists and professional astronomers from around the globe. Events include observations of winter’s most brilliant Deep-Sky Objects, inspiring astronomy lessons, and spectacular images from eVscope users around the  globe. At the very end of the evening,…

Citizen Astronomers Across the Globe Partner for World-Record Research on a Near-Earth Asteroid

Backyard astronomers from 7 countries collaborated to research and shape Near-Earth Asteroid 1999 AP10; astronomers have shaped fewer than 70 Near-Earth Asteroids in history. MARSEILLE, FRANCE, and SAN FRANCISCO, CA –  December 9, 2020 – The world’s first planetary defense team staffed by citizen astronomers has successfully completed its first research mission: Detect and model…

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Detecting Exoplanets and Asteroids: First Citizen Science Successes for Backyard Astronomy

Mountain View and Marseille, June 11, 2020. Citizen science pioneers recently made two contributions to a better knowledge of outer space. Backyard astronomers of the SETI Institute and Unistellar network conducted in April citizen science observations, and their discoveries will improve our understanding of asteroids and exoplanets. Thanks to their work, we know precisely the…

Leucus Asteroid: Efficient and Accurate Citizen Science with the Unistellar eVscope

Marseille and Mountain View, January 7, 2020. Ten minutes for a time-validated asteroid occultation of NASA’s importance: this is what Unistellar recently achieved in Irvine, California, by being one of the first-time observers of a Leucus occultation. Leucus is a Jupiter Trojan asteroid discovered in 1997 by the Beijing Xinglong Observatory. Around April 2028, NASA’s…