2016 schedule

Sun 15:30-16:00
Venue: 
Theatre 106

Pluto Occultation 2015 - Amateur contributions to professional science

Bruno Sicardy / John Talbot / Steve Kerr (presenter)

The 29 June 2015 occultation of a 12th magnitude star by Pluto only two weeks out from the New Horizons spacecraft flyby presented a unique opportunity to test models of the structure of Pluto's atmosphere based on earlier occultations against actual spacecraft observations. The occultation was successfully observed across New Zealand and southeastern Australia and this presentation showcases some of the amateur results and the professional science that it supports.