Juno Support Observing

One strong niche for smaller observatories is to provide synoptic imaging of solar system objects such as Jupiter and Saturn, which can help the solar system research community develop longer-term models of planetary weather systems. In addition, space missions such as NASA’s Juno mission benefit immensely from high-resolution ground-based imaging of planets to help them interpret their results from closer to the planet.

To coordinate observing campaigns from across Asia, we are convening a meeting at the Yale-NUS College in Singapore on January 8, 2015. This meeting will feature NASA’s Senior Juno mission scientist, Glenn Orton, and will enable observatories to compare their instrumentation, data uploading and archiving capabilities, and to coordinate their plans to observe Jupiter during the encounter of the Juno spacecraft beginning in Summer of 2015.  As part of the meeting, world-famous solar system imaging expert Chris Go of the Philippines will present a 2-hour hands on workshop to help attendees process their images to highest possible resolution.

The meeting schedule for this session is below.

January 8, 2015, meeting venue/site: Yale-NUS College.  Workshop on “Observations from a Coordinated Network of Asian Observatories to Support the Juno Mission and other Space Exploration Missions.” – Will include Glenn Orton, JPL, observers from Pomona College, the Malaysian National Observatory, and from Thailand and other countries, where concurrent observations of Jupiter during the encounter with Jupiter in late 2015 will be crucial to the mission’s success.  Speakers will include Glenn Orton, Chris Go (Philippines), and teams from Pomona College, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, and other countries.

9:00-10:00AM – Coffee Reception (venue: Yale-NUS RC4 floor 1 lounge; at NUS University Town, at the corner of Dover and Clementi Roads).  Meeting participants can meet and greet each other with delicious coffee and light refreshments.

10:00-12:00PM Morning Workshop (venue: Yale-NUS Computer lab, RC4 – basement) – Chris Go, Physics Department of the University of San Carlos. “High Resolution Planetary Imaging for JUNO Support.”  In this workshop, Chris will share his techniques for creating HST-like images of solar-system objects from ground-based small telescopes. We will convene in a computer lab, enabling participants to gain hands-on experience in image processing, deconvolution and Lucky imaging techniques from one of the best imagers in the world. You can see a sample of Chris’ stunning astronomical imaging work at http://www.christone.net/astro/.

12:00-1:30PM – Lunch (RC4- first floor lounge)

1:30 -3:30PM – Afternoon Team Meeting (venue: RC4 – Room 301) – NASA’s Juno Mission – Glenn Orton, JPL senior scientist, will review the upcoming Juno mission, which encounters Jupiter in summer of 2015. Then the meeting will discuss specific strategies for optical support of this NASA meeting, using ground-based facilities within Asia. The meeting will feature short presentations by each of the attendees reviewing their observational capabilities, and then an overview of the observing needed for the mission with a chance to plan coordinate observations, setting up standard instrument and software systems, and reviewing procedures for data analysis and archiving.

3:30-4:30PM – Refreshments and adjourn. Tea and other beverages will be served allowing for informal discussions.

7:00-9:00PM Dinner – Venue TBD – but probably “Red Dot” on Dempsey Hill. Busses will transport people from the Yale-NUS campus and hotels starting around 6:30PM.