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In this feature, you’ll learn more about what the science team wants you to look for as a volunteer Duster.

Third Thursday Telecon – 18 July 2019

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!

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Third “Friday” Telecon – 21 June 2019 (The McAngus Particle)

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 […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 16 May 2019

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 […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 28 March 2019 (yes, we know it’s actually the 4th!)

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 […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 21 February 2019

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 […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 17 January 2019

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 […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 15 November 2018

For this month’s telecon, we were delighted to be joined by Dr. Bradley De Gregorio from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, who is instrumental to the Stardust@home foils analyses. Through his expert commentary on foil images submitted by our veteran dusters, you’ll hear and see what Dr. De Gregorio believes are good candidates to click […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 25 October 2018 (and obviously a week late!)

In our October 2018 video chat, Dr. Andrew Westphal comments on potential interstellar tracks from the Foils VM. These potential tracks were submitted by veteran dusters who were interested in Dr. Westphal’s expert opinion. Yet, as you’ll see, nothing is ever certain until final analysis through particle extraction followed by additional intensive light beam analysis […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 20 September 2018

For our September 2018 Third Thursday Telecon, Stardust@home’s Anna Butterworth gives a brief update on our timeline for analysis of three interstellar candidates, as well as how we’re doing on getting together the next extraction list. She also describes her current funding to propose a new NASA mission to look for life elsewhere in our […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 16 August 2018

In this month’s Third Thursday Telecon, Stardust@home’s Zack Gainsforth demonstrates the workings, power, and valuable uses of the Scanning Electron Microscope for the project. We hope you enjoy!

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