Note: A thread for this campaign has been created in the AAVSO Campaigns and Observation Reports discussion forum: https://www.aavso.org/eps-aur-monitoring
CONTINUED AT LEAST THROUGH 2021 - Elizabeth O. Waagen, 17 April 2020
September 17, 2014: Dr. Robert Stencel (University of Denver Astronomy Program) has requested that AAVSO observers monitor epsilon Aurigae from now through the end of the observing season.
The bright, long-period, eclipsing binary star epsilon Aurigae is predicted to begin its next eclipse late July or early August of 2009. The AAVSO is participating in a global campaign to record this eclipse as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 celebrations, organized by the Citizen Sky project (http://www.citizensky.org). Epsilon Aurigae is now past solar conjunction and has reappeared as a morning object.
A science education research paper, 'Changes in participants' scientific attitudes and epistemological beliefs during an astronomical citizen science project', written by Aaron Price and Hee-Sun Lee has been published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST).
The Citizen Sky Project - Workshop III
The National Science Foundation and
The American Association of Variable Star Observers
When and Where:
The 3rd Citizen Sky Project Workshop will be held Friday-Sunday, March 22-24 at AAVSO Headquarters in Cambridge, MA. We will kick-off the 3-day workshop with a meet-and-greet the evening of Thursday, March 21st.
Goals and Structure:
Eclipse Spectropolarimetry of the epsilon Aurigae System
Kathleen M. Geise
Robert E. Stencel
University of Denver, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 2112 E. Wesley Avenue, Denver, CO 80208
An Analysis of the Long-term Photometric Behavior of epsilon Aurigae
Brian K. Kloppenborg
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Denver, 2112 East Wesley Avenue, Denver, CO 80208
Jeffrey L. Hopkins
Hopkins Phoenix Observatory, 7812 West Clayton Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85033