Join NASA's Astrophoto Challenges: Summer 2022 with Eta Carina and the Carina Nebula
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/GSFC/M.Corcoran et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI; source
 
Join NASA's Universe of Learning for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create your own beautiful images of Eta Carina and the Carina Nebula! This famously active star demands attention - and your own work may even get attention and feedback from NASA scientists by participating in this summer's editon of NASA's Astrophoto Challenges!

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There are two challenges you can take to create your own beautiful images: the MicroObservatory Challenge and the NASA Data Challenge. You can capture your own real-time telescope image using the MicroObservatory robotic telescope network. You can also choose to work with an archived set of NASA data files in multiple wavelengths, taken by NASA missions and professional observatories. This video explains more about the process for working with the Challenges.

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Capture and process your own images with the MicroObservatory robotic telescope network. Credit: SAO

The NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges provide learners of all familiarity levels authentic experiences using NASA Astrophysics data.  Participants in the challenges engage in the scientific practices of a scientist through the data tools and experiences in creating and sharing their composite images. 

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Participants working with NASA data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Credit: SAO/Timothy Smith Network

The NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges include instructions on how to turn the data into beautiful composite images with a simple and free web-based image processing tool used by professional astronomers.  The JS9 image processing tool is widely used by the astronomical community to process and analyze the data from the world’s premiere research telescopes.  NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges uses a version of this tool, JS9-4L, developed for life-long learners with a range of experiences using data.

Enter the challenges here: https://mo-www.cfa.harvard.edu/OWN/astrophoto/index.html.  The challenge is open through July 31, 2022
 
You can also learn more about other opportunities to discover the universe for yourselves at NASA's Universe of Learning:  https://www.universe-of-learning.org/

- Brandon Lawton, NASA's Universe of Learning
 
Last Updated: May 4, 2022

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