Juno Ground-Based Support from Amateurs: Science and Public Impact
An international amateur workshop supported by Europlanet 2020-RI

Outline: From July 2016, the NASA spacecraft Juno will explore Jupiter's inner structure from a series of long elliptical orbits with close flybies of the planet. To understand the atmospheric dynamics of the planet at the time of Juno, NASA has requested the collaboration of amateur astronomers observing the Giant Planet. The collaborative effort between Juno and amateurs is linked to the visual camera onboard Juno: JunoCam. Juno opens an exciting opportunity for amateurs to provide an unique dataset that will be used to plan the high-resolution observations from JunoCam and that will advance our knowledge of the atmospheric dynamics of the Giant planet Jupiter.

An invitation only workshop is organized at the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur for European amateur astronomers. Funding support is provided from Europlanet 2020-RI, an european research infrastructure. Our goals are to discuss the amateur contribution to Juno in particular and to Jovian atmospheric sciences in general. Prominent amateur astronomers from different countries in Europe will assist this meeting as well as some professional astronomers involved in Juno and Jupiter research.

Invited amateurs will get refunded from their travel, hotel and workshop costs.

Important note: Please read the Reimbursement Rules.
In particular, take into account that dayly allowance and overnight allowance are limited to 24.90€ and 91.50€ respectively.

Although this workshop is available by invitation only the sessions will be recorded and make openly available through the internet to interested amateurs.

Science Organizing Comitte (SOC):
Ricardo Hueso (UPV/EHU, Spain)
Marc Delcroix (Société Astronomique de France)
François Colas (IMCCE – Pic du Midi)
John Rogers (British Astronomical Association, UK)
Glenn S. Orton (JPL, USA)
Manuel Scherf (Europlanet representative, Austria)
Kargl Günter (Europlanet representative, Austria)

Local Organizing Committee (LOC):
Paolo Tanga (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur)
Ricardo Hueso (formerly at Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur)

First announcement

Science Program

Selected pictures

Talks given during the workshop

The science program runs from early morning on May 12 and ends after lunch time on May 13. A bus will leave the observatory on May 13 at 14:30.

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Venue: Observatoire de la Côte de Azur in Nice, France.
Dates:  May 12-13, 2016 (Thursday-Friday)

Goals of this workshop:


The following is the current list of topics. The final agenda will depend very much of the confirmed assistants and will be known at the end of January 2016.

Talk topics

+ Round Table: What is it needed by amateurs to improve their observational capabilities? What is it needed from professionals to improve the analysis of Jupiter atmosphere from amateur observations?


Confirmed participants are:
    - François Colas (Observatoire de Paris, France)
    - Marc Delcroix (Societé astronomique de France, France)
    - Leigh Fletcher (Leicester University, United Kingom)
    - Tristan Guillot (OCA, France)
    - Kargl Günter (Europlanet representative, Austria)
    - Ricardo Hueso (UPV/EHU, Spain)
    - Glenn S. OrtoN (JPL/NASA, USA)
    - Jean-Pierre Rivet (OCA, France)
    - Agustín Sánchez-Lavega (UPV/EHU, Spain)
    - Manuel Scherf (Europlanet representative, Austria)
    - François Xabier Schmider (OCA, France)
    - Isshi Tabe (Japan)
    - Paolo Tanga (OCA, France)
    - Padma Yanamandra-Fisher (USA)

    - Alessandro Bianconi (Italy)
    - Paulo Casquinha (Portugal)
    - Jean-Luc Dauvergne (France)
    - George Eichstädt (Germany)
    - Christopher Go (Phillipines)
    - Michel Jacquesson (France)
    - Emil Kraaikamp (Netherlands)
    - John McKeon (Ireland)
    - Matej Mihelcic (Slovenia)
    - Damian Peach (United Kingdom)
    - Christophe Pellier (France)
    - Jean-Pierre Prost (France)
    - John Rogers (British Astronomical Association, United Kingdom)
    - Matic Smrekar (Slovenia)
    - Constantin Sprianu (Romania)
    - John Sussenbach (Netherlands)
    - Marco Vedovato (Italy)
    - Johan Warrell (Sweeden)
    - Kuniaki Horikawa (Japan)

Acknowledgements: This workshop is supported by Europlanet 2020 RI Work Package NA1 - Innovation through Science Networking, Task 5. The EU-project Europlanet 2020 RI has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654208. Additional support from the Planetary Space Weather Service from Europlanet 2020 and the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur is also acknowledged.