2016 schedule

Sun 14:00-14:30
Venue: 
Theatre 106

Gaia Promises New Occultation Opportunities Soon

David Dunham

IOTA

In this presentation, David will talk about IOTA, some of its history, and how they currently observe occultations. He will describe how he has worked with Australian observers to develop new equipment and methods, especially for multi-station deployments, and will discuss the subsequent results from his observations during his and his wife’s year of astro-tourism while in Australia. He will predict how the precision astrometric data from ESA’s Gaia mission, with the first release later this year, will make our efforts more productive and open new opportunities for occultation observers, similar to, but more far-reaching than, the revolution for asteroidal occultations that resulted in 1997 when the results from ESA’s earlier HIPPARCOS space astrometry mission were released.In this presentation, David will talk about IOTA, some of its history, and how they currently observe occultations. He will describe how he has worked with Australian observers to develop new equipment and methods, especially for multi-station deployments, and will discuss the subsequent results from his observations during his and his wife’s year of astro-tourism while in Australia. He will predict how the precision astrometric data from ESA’s Gaia mission, with the first release later this year, will make our efforts more productive and open new opportunities for occultation observers, similar to, but more far-reaching than, the revolution for asteroidal occultations that resulted in 1997 when the results from ESA’s earlier HIPPARCOS space astrometry mission were released.