AstroChallenge 2012: updates

The event is approaching, and here are some administrative details and changes to take note of:
 
1. There will be more prizes up for grabs this year! Apart from the prizes announced earlier, we are introducing:
  • Best Project Award: for each individual category (instead of one across both categories, as announced earlier)
  • Best Observation Award: for the best performing Senior team in the Observation round
2. Venus transit activities
Please note that for some Venus transit activities, pre-registration is required:
  • 5th June, 4PM – Remus CJ’s Astrophotography exhibition at the Science Foyer: no pre-registration is required.
  • 5th June, 5PM – “How to prepare for Venus Transit” talk by Visiting Professor Richard Strom: registration is done concurrently with AstroChallenge registration in the morning.
  • 5th June, 8PM (repeat session at 9PM) – Musical performance at University Town: pre-registration is required and can be done here. The deadline has been extended to Sunday, 3rd June.
  • 5th June, night – stargazing session at NUS Football Field: the registration form here should have already been submitted prior to 27th April. A check on the number of students staying overnight, and the number of telescopes would be done concurrently with AstroChallenge registration in the morning.
  • 6th June, “Black hole” talk by Distinguished Professor Roy Kerr at 9AM, and “Venus Transit” talk by Visiting Professor Richard Strom at 10AM: pre-registration is required and can be done here. The deadline has been extended to Sunday, 3rd June.
We strongly encourage schools to bring as many telescopes as they can. At night, schools may conduct overnight stargazing, regardless of whether the school is also participating in the observation round. Furthermore, we suggest that students stay overnight, as the Venus transit starts at sunrise (slightly before, actually), and it might not be feasible to rush over to NUS that early in the morning.
 
Important: if your school is bringing telescopes to view the Venus Transit and does not have solar filters, please drop us an email at astrochallenge@gmail.com by Sunday, 3rd June, specifying your telescope’s outer diameter, so we may loan solar filters to you during the event.
 
3. Project Round:
There will not be an alternative project round topic. Please make sure that you finish on time, and submit the Project Round report to us during the registration.
 
4. Venue:
The competition venues and time are confirmed as follows:
  • 5th June: NUS LT27 – 9AM
  • 8th June: NTU LT1A – 10AM
Thank you very much, and see you at NUS on the 5th of June!

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