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Quincy RECON
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Citizen scientists exploring the outer solar system.
Citizen scientists exploring the outer solar system.

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The Astronomy Picture of the Day for this Earth Day 2017 is a reminder of Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" commentary on a similar photo taken by Voyager 1 in 1990. It is worth listening to again especially given the political climate around the world today
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmP4Xzt0rN4

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170422.html

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Space.com needs to hire an astronomer to fact check their videos. The pointer stars in the Big Dipper are Merak and Dubhe, NOT Mizar & Alcor!

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It is worth taking a look at these wonderful interactive animations of annual meteor showers. Read more about how they were done at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/science/visualizing-the-cosmic-streams-that-spew-meteor-showers.html


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In early August 2016 five representatives from the three Plumas County RECON teams participated in the first annual full-network RECON team meeting which was held in Carson City, NV. In addition to updates and collaboration on the educational, research, and operational aspects of the project, Marc Buie provided an up-to-the minute overview of the New Horizons mission - including a 3-D tour of Pluto.
It was also announced that a second research paper based on RECON observations was published in the Astronomical Journal. See http://arxiv.org/abs/1608.01030

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The American Astronomical Society has featured an article about RECON (and included one of our light curves).  You can find the full original article by +Marc Buie  and +John Keller  in the Astronomical Journal at http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/0004-6256/151/3/73

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RECON participated in the 2015 Dark Sky Festival at Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Dr. John Keller made daily presentations on 'Exploring the Outer Solar System'.  A RECON information booth was staffed by community volunteers a few of whom are shown below. 
RECON participant telescopes were the majority of the instruments participating in the festival's viewing event held near the Manzanita Lake Campground which was attended by over 400 park visitors. In addition to the RECON team members at the telescopes, Dr. Keller also provided the constellation tour for the visitors that night.

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RECON is participating in the annual Dark Sky Festival in Lassen Volcanic National Park Aug.7-9, 2015.  Complete information and schedule of events at http://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/stargazing.htm
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The preliminary consolidated observational results for the (90) Antiope double asteroid occultation on 2 April 2015 are now posted in http://www.asteroidoccultation.com/observations/Results/
Although for the ten students and teachers who participated with +QuincyRECON it seemed disappointing at the time to record a "miss", nevertheless it turns out that we were in fact centered between the asteroid pair.
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In case you missed it, RECON was featured recently in the blog SMALL STEPS TO SPACE.  It provides insight into the genesis and the future of the project with plenty of quotes from +Marc Buie and +John Keller.

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Here are the combined results from the observations of the occultation by the asteroid (82) Alkmene at 06:37 UT Sept. 18, 2014.  More at www.asteroidoccultation.com/observations/Results/
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