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'Be an INTEGRAL Astronomer' - an ESA competition for the International Year of Astronomy

02 April 2009

To mark the International Year of Astronomy ESA is launching a special competition for students in secondary school and University undergraduates. Students will use data taken by the INTEGRAL space observatory to investigate objects in one of the most active regions of our Galaxy and be in with a chance to win a number of great prizes, including a trip to the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) near Madrid, Spain.

The INTEGRAL space observatory keeps a close watch on high-energy emission from the Milky Way’s galactic bulge. This ever-changing area contains a wealth of astronomical sources that release high-energy gamma and X-rays. By participating in this competition students can explore the fascinating Galactic Bulge and join a community of astronomers who are studying the violent and exotic processes that define this region of our Galaxy.

Competition announced during ‘Around the World in 80 Telescopes’ webcast

The competition will launch during ‘Around the World in 80 Telescopes’, a live 24 hour webcast that is taking place as part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy, a cornerstone project for the International Year of Astronomy. Astronomers working from ESA’s XMM-Newton and INTEGRAL space observatories will join the webcast at 14:10 UT (16:10 CEST) on 3 April. Watch the broadcast to find out more about these high-energy missions and hear the announcement of the competition.

Where to find out about the competition, and how to enter it

Visit the competition pages using the link in the menu on the right to find out more information. Here you will find details of what the competition entails, prizes and how to enter. Individual entries will be accepted and judged by a panel of ESA experts in two categories: students at secondary school, and University undergraduates. Participants have until 14 August 2009 to submit their entry.


Last Update: 08 October 2009
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