RECON – the Research and Education Cooperative Occultation Network – is a citizen science research project aimed at exploring the outer solar system.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, RECON is led by planetary scientists John Keller from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. and Marc Buie of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo. “The goal of RECON is to determine the sizes, densities and other characteristics of newly discovered Kuiper Belt Objects orbiting the sun beyond Neptune,” Buie said. “Because these objects have been relatively undisturbed since their formation, they hold important clues about the origins of our solar system.”
High schools and colleges from 14 Central Washington communities have been selected to participate in a five-year citizen science astronomy research project to study the outer solar system. Schools from Oroville to Goldendale will join a total of 60 communities stretching across the western United States to form the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network (RECON). READ MORE