Ground-Based Support from Amateurs: Science and Public Impact
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):
Local Organizing Committee (LOC):
Paolo Tanga (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur)
Ricardo Hueso (formerly at Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur)
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.
Confirmed participants are:
- 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)
The Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur has kindly provided a budget to secure transportation from the city to the observatory and return both days.
A bus signaled "Transports Brema" will leave Riquier, Place Blanqui (the "B" symbol in the first map) at 8:30 both mornings. The bus will return
to the city departing the observatory at 18:30 the first day and at 14:30 (after lunch at the observatory) the second day.
People arriving late or requiring another transport may use the public bus service. The "B" symbol in the first map signals Riquier (place Blanqui) where you can take the bus number 84 (direction Beaulieu Baie des Fourmis) that goes up to the observatory. However this is not recommended since the public bus is small and may not cover all participants. If you need to use the public bus 84 you can check its schedules in this document.
If you are staying in other city areas you can get close to Riquier by using the Tramway. See: Information about Nice's tramway in English.
Lunch at the Observatory: Lunches will be given at the observatory canteen both days. Participants will have to pay an unexpensive ticket. If you have any dietary constrain or if you are vegetarian please contact the organization (Ricardo Hueso). If you have an early return flight on Friday 13 and can not attend the lunch that day please also contact the organization to make the proper booking at the observatory.