Catch a star 2008

"Catch a Star" includes more than one competition, so there is
something for everyone, no matter what their level. An aim of the
programme is to encourage students to work together, learning about
astronomy and discovering things for themselves by researching

Catch a Star Researchers can win major travel prizes…

of up to three students should write a project about a chosen topic in
astronomy, by choosing an astronomical object such as a nebula, star,
planet, or moon, or a more general theme such as black holes or star
formation. They research this theme, and discuss how large telescopes
such as ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), the Atacama Large
Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), and the future European
Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) can play a part in studying it. They
may also include practical activities such as observations or
experiments. The most important goal is to develop an interest in
science and astronomy through investigation and teamwork. Winning
entries are chosen by an international jury. For teams from Europe and
Chile, there are major travel prizes such as a trip for the winning
team to visit ESO’s Very Large Telescope facility on the Paranal
mountaintop in Chile.

…or Catch a Star Adventurers can take part in the lottery

is also another section in which the prizes are awarded by lottery.
Again, students should write a project about a chosen astronomical
topic. This part of "Catch a Star" is aimed at, but not limited to,
larger groups such as whole classes working on joint projects, younger
students, or students who do not wish to write their entries in English.

Catch a Star Artists can enter the artwork competition

send us your artwork for the "Catch a Star" drawing and painting
competition, with prizes awarded with the help of a public web-based


Winners of the Catch a Star 2006 from the Polaris Astronomy Club at the VLT in Chile


More information at ESO.

Previous Hungarian winners.