The 200 supernovae were found by six companions – enabling them to discover about the evolution of stars and the elements of life.
A former Broken Hill miner discovered a huge electric storm on Saturn and directed a NASA mission.
Two amateur astronomy projects were awarded 2022 Page Medal At the National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers held online on Saturday 16 April.
That six friends matched Backyard Observatory Supernova Search The (BOSS) team monitors distant galaxies to detect the death of giant stars as they explode into bright supernovae. The team then warns professional telescopes to swing into action and study these events at critical moments. As soon as these observations begin, the stars will know more about leadership until the final moment.
If supernovae did not carry their material across space, there would be no material for life or even for the evolution of planets like Earth. The BOSS team observed them from a dairy farm in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and near Christchurch, New Zealand.
“We’ve discovered about 200 confirmed supernovae over the years,” said BOSS member Greg Buck.
In 2008, the former miner Trevor Barry A white spot has been found on Saturn, which has turned into an electric storm.
“The Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn could not depict the storm on a daily basis due to its orbit and other priorities. I could, “said Trevor. The storm had been raging for seven months, making it the longest-lived storm ever recorded on Saturn. Trevor has been providing storm information to NASA and others about Saturn, Jupiter and Mars.
The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) awards the Page Medal every two years in recognition of its scientific contributions to the field of astronomy. It was founded to honor Berenice and Arthur Page, a wife-and-husband group who were amateur pioneers of astronomy in Australia and members of the ASA Foundation.
ASA President Professor John Latanzio said this year’s winners show the scientific value of amateurs who can constantly monitor their goals.
“Professional telescopes are fully timed, plotted minute by minute, month by month ৷ where these dedicated and highly skilled amateurs can monitor their goals on the possibility of something interesting happening – and that’s where the value lies,” says John.
“The winners were truly outstanding and fit, and it was impossible to distinguish between their contributions to the advancement of astronomy. So, for the first time in the history of the awards, it was decided to award two prizes,” he said.
Trevor Barry says he will continue to see Saturn as long as he lives. “I’m looking forward to the next big thing, because Saturn may be a bit more stable. It’s not as confusing as Jupiter, he says.
“I am very honored by this award. This is the highest honor a top professional body in Australia can give to an amateur. It’s polite to me, “said Trevor.