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Welcome! to the Amateur Observers' website.

Originally put together to support NASA's Discovery mission Deep Impact with observations of comet Tempel 1, the AOP observed asteroid Vesta & dwarf planet Ceres in support of the NASA Discovery mission Dawn and comet Hartley 2 in support of EPOXI We also collected images of ISON in support of the Comet ISON Observing Campaign (CIOC).

The latest observing campaign is in support of the UMD Comet Group's Comet Wirtanen Observing Campaign. (So new, we don't an acronym yet!)

Image/File Submissions

We are now accepting observations (images, sketches, lightcurves,...) of

  • 46P/Wirtanen
  • 67P/Churyumov/Gerasimenko
  • C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)
  • C/2012 S1 (ISON)
  • asteroid Ceres
  • 103P/Hartley 2
  • asteroid Vesta
  • other comets
  • UMD asteroids
  • 9P/Tempel 1

Please visit the LogBook to find out how to submit your observations.

Don't worry, you won't need to know much about astronomy, comets or asteroids. That's what this site is about!

So, let's get started...




Updated: 17-Oct-2016