iOptron Announces Caroline Moore as the Young Astronomer of the Year

Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 6, 2009

iOptron Corporation (a division of Boston Applied Technologies, Inc.) is pleased to announce that Caroline Moore iOptron young astronomer of the Year of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (AMA). This last November at 14 Caroline became the youngest person to discover a supernova. As part of the team Puckett Observatory Supernova Search, Caroline spent months in front of his computer looking through the data. Then one night she saw something unusual in the constellation Pegasus. A week after submission to the International Astronomical Union, she received a phone call confirming that she discovered was one of the more obscure supernovae ever found.

the young astronomer of the year, Caroline is an active participant in IYA iOptron initiatives throughout the year by helping to promote astronomy among young people. “We are all proud of Caroline and achievements,” said John Hou VP Marketing at iOptron. “The fact that she is so young and knowledgeable about astronomy makes her the perfect representative.”

Since its discovery, it has received numerous awards and media interviews. Carolina School District in Warwick, New York recently asked his help to set up an astronomy program to help home astronomy in more young people. iOptron has also agreed to sponsor the program by donating equipment to the school of astronomy.

Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA 2009) is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO to help citizens of the world rediscover their place in the universe through the sky day and night, and so incur a sense of wonder and discovery. As part of the AMA 2009 iOptron will sponsor a number of events and activities throughout the year to encourage young people to be more interested in astronomy.

So how it all began for Caroline? It all started one night at dinner with some family friends in early 2008. The friends shared how a research team has discovered a supernova and that one member was only 18. Learning that the age of 18, had found a supernova Caroline pronounced, “I could beat her.”

This was the beginning of a month long eight. First she had to get a new computer and install all the software and learn how to retrieve the data and what to do with it.

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November 6, 2008 something odd Caroline spotted in a data file of the distant galaxy UGC 12682, located in the constellation Pegasus. The image of the object was very small, but she noticed a few pixels on one side of the galaxy that made it suspicious, Carolina made all the checks and he ran through all the databases. “I’ll send it in. I think that’s something,” she said to her dad. It took two nights before the team could get a picture of confirmation and it looked like his suspicions were confirmed. Leader team, Tim Puckett sent a so-called CBAT (Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams).

A week later at 23:30 at night the phone rang. It was the people, Mike, the friend who helped Caroline and her father set up the equipment. He said Bob, father of Caroline, he had to talk to him “We got confirmation and a boy, it’s a strange,” said Bob Moore. “I’ll have to get out of bed.” He did and handed him the phone. With the phone in his ear a smile came to his face, then she just started laughing.

Supernova is 2008ha

UGC 12682, a galaxy that is eating itself and where supernovae do not occur normally. This is one of the things that made the discovery Carolina so unique. It is also a type 1a supernova, and possibly less luminous supernovae ever observed.



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Coleman Coates

iOptron Corporation

781.569.0200 Ext. 256

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