Shari & Ian Porter (
Sun, 14 Jun 1998 11:33:04 +1000

Greetings all, its a long time since I last posted!

I have a group of students involved in the starshine project. We
finished polishing the mirrors a couple of weeks ago and sent one back
to the states. I'll be training them in basic astronomy and position
measurement later this year and early next. I suspect it will be a bit
tricky to do position measurements using the standard method based on
the flashes alone.
If the flashes occur with a period of 10 seconds as some have suggested
(or even one second) it will be difficult to pin down its passage
through two reference stars. I am hoping its inherent magnitude is less
than six so my students will be able to see it between flashes, given
that many of them will only have 7x30's and be observing from light
polluted sites.
It is interesting that the project has chosen STK as its standard
software. I duly got my free CD, installed it, looked at it, and decided
to use Skymap and Quicksat instead :-)

I'd like to hear from any others involved in preparing school
participation in the project, particularly in Australia.


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