As part of the recently launched Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure, a new collaboration between telescopes around the world has been started for providing coordinated observations and rapid responses in support of space missions and in following-up of new events. The so-called Europlanet Telescope Network (bit.ly/37SCiyj) will thereby provide professional scientists and amateur astronomers with access to an initial set of 16 telescope facilities. Scientists and amateurs can now apply to visit those facilities (see website: bit.ly/2Br5LDt). The Europlanet Telescope Network further plans to support the integration of amateur astronomers into planetary sciences, since their observations can be of crucial importance for several scientific areas.
The Splinter Meeting will give an overview on the network, the involved telescope facilities, and will discuss support for amateur astronomers in Europe and beyond. The meeting is open for everyone interested in the Europlanet Telescope Network!
Program of the meeting:
- Introduction to the Europlanet Telescope Network (Scherf, M)
- Overview of the telescope facilities (Tautvaisiene, G)
- How to apply to the Call (Snodgrass, C)
- Europlanet support to amateur astronomy campaigns on Solar System astronomy (Hueso, R)
- Telescope showcase: The Robotic Faulkes Telescope Network (Lewis, F)
- GaiaGOSA and the planned observational alert website (Podlewska-Gaca, E; Dudzinski, G)
The presentations of the meeting can now be found online at https://bit.ly/2ENreZ5