Catch a Star!

...and the Winners are...!

Congratulations!

Here is the eagerly awaited list of the prize winners in the "Catch a Star!" competition, as announced by the international jury during a short ceremony on Monday November 10th, 2003, at the "Physics on Stage 3" festival event (at ESTEC-ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands). "Catch a Star!" is a web-based all-European educational programme organised by ESO and EAAE. It took place within the European Week of Science and Technology 2003 by the European Commission.

The jury members were very impressed by the quality of many of the 132 reports received and it was a very difficult task to find the winning teams. Much attention was paid to the proper fulfillment of the rules as these were displayed on the top page of the "Catch a Star!" website. In order to be considered for a prize, the reports also had to demonstrate originality, individual initiative and thoroughness. The quality of the presentation also played a role. The jury also decided to award a number of additional prizes, and more teams are therefore receiving official recognition for their good work. There are also two "special prizes".

The jury and all who were involved in the organisation of this year's "Catch a Star!" cordially congratulate the winners! Thank you to all teams who participated! All "Official Participants" (indicated with a blue colour in the "country" and "object" tables), will in due time receive a T-shirt as a pleasant memory of this competition (*).

Winners of the main prizes! (*)

The reports of the 20 winning teams and those of the 6 teams that received special prizes are now available (click on the team number). Please note that due to the different formats in which the reports were delivered, there may possibly be browser incompatibilities. If you have problems with one browser, try to use another. Moreover, although care was taken to check that all links function properly, there may still be some bad ones, since the ESO web servers are UNIX-operated, while most of the reports were generated on PCs in a Window-environment.

Place Prize Object Group Location Reg. No.
1. prize A trip to the Paranal Observatory Alpha Lyrae (Vega) Carlo Botto
Marco Bottero
Massimo Caldarone
Marco Leoncino
Italy - Acqui Terme (AL) 042
2. prize A trip to ESO HQ in Garching Europa
(Jovian satellite)
Chris Baker
Jack Baker
Charles Franklin
Catherine Wilson
UK - Warminster-Wiltshire 088
3. prize A trip to the Wendelstein Observatory Earth's Moon Egor Eremeev
Irina Guseva
Artem Khvastunov
Stanislav Pashkov
Russia - St. Petersburg 138
4. prize A MEADE telescope Southern Cross Consuelo Alizadeh Ruiz Leyton
Ana Leticia Rojas
Maria Constanza Pavez Saavedra
Gabriela Constanza Rossi Vargas
Chile - Coquimbo 065
5. prize A BAADER Home Planetarium Dumbbell Nebula (Messier 27) Camille Bachelier
Antoine Clenet
Mikaela Godissard
Marlena Lubenova
Jean-Jacques Rives
France - Montaigu 037
6. prize A COLUMBUS Star Globe Mercury Bilyana Hristova
Dimitar Kokotanekov
Vladimir Palankov
Iliya Valev
Bulgaria - Dimitrovgrad 112
7. prize A COLUMBUS Moon Globe Crab Nebula Michel Faye
Obey Liu
Marielle Phuong
Bianka Shoai Tehrani
France - Paris 129
8. prize Three large ESO Sky Photos The Leonids Daniel Bozhík
Gareth Kucinkas
Lúbomír Novák
Eva Steinová
Slovakia - Bratislava 049
9. prize Three large ESO Sky Photos Pluto Janis Libeks
Iveta Murane
Kristina Popila
Martins Priedols
Latvia - Riga 023
10. prize Three large ESO Sky Photos Messier 33 Fie Buus
Christian Hedeager Clausen
Jeppe Overbeck Petersen
Mogens Winther
Denmark - Sønderborg 154
11. prize A rotating KOSMOS Star Map Wolf-Rayet Stars Jürgen Leschhorn
Leonhard Storz
Manuel Wolff
Johannes Zabl
Germany - Landsberg am Lech 142
12. prize A KOSMOS Star Map Northern Lights (Aurorae) Mikko Jukkola
Mikael Kuoppala
Miikka Toernroos
Snejana Valtchanova
Finland - Helsinki 022
13. prize A MEYERS Big Star Atlas Mars Anton Iliev
Nadezhda Lyubomirova
Veselka Radeva
Christo Stoev
Bulgaria - Varna/Smolyan 001
14. prize A HALLWAG Map of the Northern and Southern Sky Comet Tempel-Tuttle Rafael Eduardo Gabaldón Pacheco
Javier Martín Sobrino
Sergio Sanroma Tato
Antonio Muñoz Villanueva
Spain - Ciudad Real 093
15. prize A HALLWAG Map of the Moon Callisto
(Jovian satellite)
Daniel Holdsworth
Jermaine Olphert
Andrew Robinson
Catherine Wilson
UK - Warminster/Wiltshire 089
16. prize A HALLWAG Map of the Moon of the Solar System Alpha Ursae Minoris (Polaris) Sonia Germain
Cemilia Deschamps
Anne Girard
Jean-Jacques Rives
France - Montaigu 038
17. prize A complete Set of the ESO/EAAE Summary Information Sheets Orion Nebula (Messier 42) Valeri Postarov
Veselka Radeva
Petar Todorov
Bulgaria - Varna 067
18. prize An ESO Panorama: Paranal at Sunset Southern Cross Mario Campos Duque
Felipe Garrido Goicovic
Juan Soto Rosales
Matias Marchant Taborga
Santiago de Chile 007
19. prize A Set of ESO Slides and a CD-ROM Reflection Nebula NGC 1999 Nicoletta Armenante
Anna Chiara Padovano Sorrentino
Maria Serra
Giulio Vitagliano
Cava de' Tirreni (SA) 077
20. prize Several ESO DVD's Exoplanets Victor Carenco
Denis Patriarca
Maxime Quenin
Nikolas Wingerter
Germany - Berlin 116

The reports delivered by these teams will soon be displayed on the "Catch a Star!" website.

 

Winners of two special prizes! (*)

The jury also decided to present two special prizes, one to a Danish team that conceived a particularly good scientific idea, and another to five teams of 12-year old participants from a school in Portugal.

Prize Object Group Location Reg. No.
Special Prize: Visit by an ESO astronomer Andromeda Galaxy Line Andresen
Marie Kjærgaard
Karen Olsen
Mogens Winther
Denmark - Sønderborg 151
Special Prize: Visit by an ESO astronomer Mercury Maria Leonor Cabral
Rodrigo Cruz
Andreia Nascimento
Raquel Soares
Portugal - Cascais 169
The Sun Maria Leonor Cabral
Felipa Nuñes
Cristina Gonçalves
Portugal - Cascais 170
The Milky Way Maria Leonor Cabral
Margarida Cruz
Cátia Garcia
Carolina Graça
Portugal - Cascais 171
Saturn Catarina Arrais
Maria Leonor Cabral
Madalena Esteves
Joana Gonçalves
Portugal - Cascais 172
Supernovae Tomás Boto
Maria Leonor Cabral
Miguel Miguéis
Pedro Pereira
Portugal - Cascais 173

 

Winners of 25 additional prizes! (*)

The jury also decided to give 25 additional prizes to teams who had done a very good work. They are listed below in order of their registration number. Each of them will receive the beautiful large-format ESO 2004 Calendar with a spectacular astronomical photo for each month.

Object Group Location Reg. No.
Neutron Stars Bjarning Grøn
Christian Andreas Hvid
Simon Lenler-Eriksen
Johnny Strøm Petersen
Denmark - Viborg 003
Earth's Moon Veselka Radeva
Elena Stateva
Kamen Todorov
Bulgaria - Varna 004
Supernovae Rikke Bielefeldt
Bjarning Grøn
Allan Jensen
Mikkel Vestergaard
Denmark - Viborg 005
Mars Jason McKee
Mika Niskanen
Riina-Julia Solman
Maija Virtanen
Finland - Helsinki 021
Mars Andrew Connell
Emma McGuinness
Amanda McLaughlin
Brendan O'Donoghue
Ireland - Moville/Donegal 024
Uranus Riku Levälehto
Ville Peltonen
Markus Reiman
Jaakko Ruohonen
Finland - Turku 031
Mars Marie-Hélène Boullay
Thoulouse Denis
Ghazarian Razmick
Ben Aissa Sofian
France - Toulouse 032
Ursa Major
(Constellation)
Ivaylo Chebaev
Georgi Georgiev
Natasha Ivanova
Bulgaria - Varna 034
Zeta Ursae Majoris (Mizar) and Alcor Francesco Iovine
Emanuele Pisapia
Guiseppe Pisapia
Maria Serra
Italy - Cava de' Tirreni (SA) 045
Venus Kenneth Borg
Robin Gunnarsson
Dennis Hoff
Sweden - Karlshamn 047
Crab Nebula (Messier 1) Thomas Brethome
Anne Claire Douillard
Jean Hugon
Marion Kerneur
France - Montaigu 050
Alpha Scorpii (Antares) Rafael García de los Reyes
Ana María Ballester Peña
M. Jesús Campos Venancio
Carolina de Toro Teoh
Spain - Meliana (Valencia) 052
Jovian Satellites
(Galilean Moons)
Marc Giombetti
Kim Michaux
Gérard Tessaro
Luxembourg - Esch-sur-Alzette 085
Helix Nebula
Caroline Modugno
Gérard Tessaro
Luxembourg - Esch-sur-Alzette 111
Milky Way Lara Appleby
Alan Burgess
Steven Gore
Ben Ling
UK - Hampshire 118
Zodiacal Light Georgi Kokotanekov
Joanna Kokotanekova
Dimitar Indzhov
Dimitar Valevski
Bulgaria - Haskovo 123
Black Holes Sérgio Baptista
Henrique Carvalho
João Pedro de Carvalho Saraiva
Sílvia Viera
Portugal - Entroncamento 127
Andromeda Galaxy Anna Yancheva Apostolova
Joanna Kokotanekova
Madlena Stanimirova Nikolova
Dimitar Antonov Tonchev
Bulgaria - Haskovo 130
Alpha Canis Majoris (Sirius) Katerina Stoyanova Kurteva
Rumyana Peteva Marinova
Nelly Todorova Stoyanova
Doroteya Dimitrova Valchanova
Bulgaria - Haskovo 131
Zeta Ursae Majoris (Mizar) and Alcor Irene Bolognino
Maria Elisabetta Pratelli
Italy - Torino 132
Orion Nebula Dimitar Slavov Dimitrov
Anton Mitkov Kamenov
Joanna Stefanova Kokotanekova
Bulgaria - Haskovo 139
The Pleiades Stefan Iliev Karadatov
Joanna Stefanova Kokotanekova
Krasimir Veselinov Vasilev
Bulgaria - Haskovo 140
Milky Way Centre Bruno Gatamorta
Araceli Muñoz De La Peña
Cristina Prieto
Jara Rodriguez
Spain - Getafe 141
Andromeda Galaxy Giuseppe Basiricò
Giacomo Miceli
G. Battista Previti
Elisa Zichichi
Italy - Trapani 149
The Leonids Meteor Shower Ann Astashonok
Siarhei Dubrouski
Christina Karchevskaya
Alexander Pobiyaha
Belarus - Gomel 157

 

(*) The organisers will soon contact the teams who have won the three top prizes that involve travels as well as the ones who have won the special prizes. The other prizes will be sent to the winning teams within some weeks. The T-shirts will be sent to all "Official Participants", but this may take a little longer. Any team that is in doubt whether they have sent their exact postal address to the organisers should please send it now to eduinfo@eso.org.