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Pages: 7561-7569
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2016.0780

Conference name: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2016
Location: Valencia, Spain

POPULAR SUPERNOVA PROJECT: A CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAM BASED ON AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS

S. Li1, D. Fan1, X. Gao2, C. Cui1

1National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CHINA)
2No.1 Senior High School of Urumqi, Urumqi, Xinjiang,China (CHINA)
Popular Supernova Project (PSP) is an open science project for the general public to search supernova through the Internet. Designed and created by Xingming Observatory and Chinese Virtual Observatory (China-VO), the PSP provides a platform for all the people around the world to make real astronomical discoveries. General public, no matter where they are, who they are, can easily use the system which is running on the platform of the China-VO. Every night when weather condition allows, the Xingming Observatory runs a quick sky survey in Xinjiang, China, and transfers all the images to the server of China-VO in Beijing. After some processing, the images will be released to the public for supernova search. Only basic computer skills and a little astronomy knowledge are needed to join the project. With proper design and simple guidance documents, over 10,000 people have registered online and about 40% of them have already passed a simple test which means they can participate the supernova search. Over a thousand users actually studied the images on PSP and submitted suspect object at least once. On Oct. 3, 2015, a 10-year-old student discovered a supernova candidate on PSP. Later on Oct. 4th, the object was successfully confirmed by professional astronomer as a IIP supernova. PSP provides a new way and citizen sciences of public education, which effectively combine web technologies and astronomical learning together.
@InProceedings{LI2016POP,
author = {Li, S. and Fan, D. and Gao, X. and Cui, C.},
title = {POPULAR SUPERNOVA PROJECT: A CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAM BASED ON AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS},
series = {10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2016 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-608-5617-7},
issn = {2340-1079},
doi = {10.21125/inted.2016.0780},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/inted.2016.0780},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {7-9 March, 2016},
year = {2016},
pages = {7561-7569}}
TY - CONF
AU - S. Li AU - D. Fan AU - X. Gao AU - C. Cui
TI - POPULAR SUPERNOVA PROJECT: A CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAM BASED ON AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS
SN - 978-84-608-5617-7/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2016.0780
PY - 2016
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CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2016 Proceedings
SP - 7561
EP - 7569
ER -
S. Li, D. Fan, X. Gao, C. Cui (2016) POPULAR SUPERNOVA PROJECT: A CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAM BASED ON AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS, INTED2016 Proceedings, pp. 7561-7569.
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