In this feature, you’ll learn more about what the science team wants you to look for as a volunteer Duster.
Our 2020 series of video chats with our amazing volunteers (aka dusters) starts off with an update from Dr. Andrew Westphal on new findings and upcoming new technology-based directions for Stardust@home. Enjoy!
For the November 2019 telecon, Stardust@home’s Anna Butterworth updates us on the findings for the recently discovered particle Bianca, named by first finder and longtime volunteer duster Augusto (aka McAngus). Enjoy the video, and from all of us in the Stardust lab, we hope those of you in the U.S. have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
For our October 2019 Third Thursday Telecon, we were lucky enough to speak with Dr. Colin Triplett on the research team of NASA’s and SSL’s recently launched Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission to study a variety of phenomenon in the ionosphere. You can learn more about ICON at https://blogs.nasa.gov/icon/ Enjoy!
For August 2019, Dr. Andrew Westphal fills us in on some recent particle analyses and scientific papers to come. There’s also an overview of the sample request process, and thoughts on how future research may be impacted (enhanced?) by the burgeoning private space industry. Enjoy!
For this month’s video chat, we were joined by Stardust Researcher Zack Gainsforth for an inside look at how the project is employing machine learning in the hunt for dust particles. Enjoy!
It was truly a joyous moment this month, when Stardust Principal Investigator Dr. Andrew Westphal was able to convey directly to longtime duster McAngus (aka Augusto) that he was the first finder of the latest precious interstellar dust particle. Check out the actual track below that Augusto was savvy enough to click on, and then […]
For our May 2019 telecon, Stardust’s Dr. Andrew Westphal announces some very exciting news, the type we’ve all been waiting for – the determination of a new, promising interstellar dust candidate! We also welcome and were honored to be joined by some new faces all the way from Greece. Καλως ΗΡΘΑΤΕ! Note: For more information […]
For our March 2019 Telecon, Stardust@home technician Robert Lettieri shares a few thoughts on why dusters may be experiencing problems on the virtual microscope as of late. Then we get a research update from PI Andrew Westphal (with a new profile!) followed by a fascinating tour of some interesting solar system bodies thanks to his […]
For February 2019’s Third Thursday Telecon, Stardust@home’s Drs. Andrew Westphal and Anna Butterworth describe some of the new high-end equipment the team is gearing up to use at the Advanced Light Source at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, starting with five interstellar candidates ready for probing. They also provide a brief overview of what the […]
To kickoff the New Year for our January 2019 Third Thursday Telecon, Stardust@home’s Anna Butterworth presents some analysis on volunteer skill and how that might change our protocols and/or priorities as the project moves forward. Enjoy! Note: For more information about these monthly webinars, including how to participate, please go to the most recent post […]