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 Friday March 4, 2005, during a webcam event from the ESO Headquarters in Garching, at the time of the EAAE General Assembly .

This year saw a record number of entries and again, the jury members were very impressed by the quality of many of the 251 reports that were received and accepted for participation. 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 some "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 members of winning teams will receive a personal certificate.

The reports of the winning teams and those 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 some browser incompatibilities. If you have problems with one browser, try to use another (e.g. Internet Explorer, Netscape, Mozilla Firefox). 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.

Winners of the 1st - 5th Prize (*)

The jury awarded the main prizes - visits to observatories in Chile, Germany and Austria - to the following five teams:


Place Prize Object Group Location Reg. No.
1. prize A trip to the Paranal Observatory The Venus Transit Albert Agraz Sánchez
Oscar Puértolas Cabré
Kacper Wierzchos
Anicet Cosialls Manonelles
Lleida (Spain) 228
2. prize A trip to the Wendelstein Observatory Comet C/2003K4 (LINEAR) Nadezhda Lyubomirova
Veselka Radeva
Hristo Stoev
Varna (Bulgaria) 003
3. prize A trip to ESO HQ in Garching The Moon Antoine Clenet
Pierre Dabreteau
Jean-Jacques Rives
Montaigu (France) 032
4. prize A trip to the Koenigsleiten Observatory The Venus Transit Piotr Dworaczek
Daniel Neugebauer
Stefan Schulz
Werner Warland
Düsseldorf (Germany) 173
5. prize A trip to the Koenigsleiten Observatory The Perseids Ann Astashonok
Christina Karchevskaya
Andrei Pobiyaha
Siarhei Dubrouski
Gomel (Belarus) 182


Shared 6th Prize (*)

The jury decided to award a shared 6th prize - each a jumbo-size, framed astronomical photo from one of the ESO telescopes - to the following ten teams, listed in order of their registration number:


Object Group Location Reg. No.
Variable Star RZ Cas Eva Stefanova Bojurova
Valerii Valeriev Poshtarov
Petar Georgiev Todorov
Zhelyo Zhelev Zhelev
Varna (Bulgaria) 006
The Venus Transit Diego Castellano Sánchez
Daniel Cantero González
Irene Llucia López
José María Rosales Crespo
Cádiz (Spain) 035
The Kuiper Belt Florian Mihai Banc
Iulian Ionita
Alexandru Lucuan Ionita
Andrei Mihai Tudor
Bucharest (Romania) 039
Variable Stars Mark Krummelbein
Jens-Jakob Kratmann Nissen
Peter Sejr
Peter Hansen
Lemvig (Denmark) 215
Alpha Lyrae (Vega) João Maria Anes
Rafael Monteiro
Mariana Machado
Manuela Amaral
Cascais (Portugal) 230
Beta Aurigae (Binary Star) Malte Baer
Helena Fischer
Jerome Wolpers
Martin Falk
Buchholz in der Nordheide (Germany) 236
Asteroid (9069) Hovland Aurelien Aureille
Alexis Reynaud
Guillaume Garaix
Jean Strajnic
Orange (France) 253
Active Galaxies Ludmilla Buller
Mateusz Dabrowski
Karol Opara
Grzegorz Brona
Warsaw (Poland) 293
IK Pegasi (Binary Star) Ivan Zhivkov Dimitrov
Hristo Stavrev Stavrev
Svetlana Yordanova Tzekova
Elhovo (Bulgaria) 310
Enceladus Edina Budai
Andrea Szabo
Budapest (Hungary) 321


Thirty-Two Additional Prizes (*)

The jury also decided to give 32 additional prizes to teams who had done a very good work. Each of them will receive the ESO "3D Atlas of the Universe" CD-ROM . They are listed below in order of their registration number.


Object Group Location Reg. No.
The Moon and Lunar Eclipses Tanya Zhivkova Nikolova
Denitsa Georgieva Georgieva
Dimitar Georgiev Kokotanekov
Rositsa Petkova Zhekova
Dimitrovgrad (Bulgaria) 024
Messier 42 Vladimir Alexandrov
Leila Chavdarova
Anton Iliev
Smolyan (Bulgaria) 040
The Venus Transit Georgi Cvetanov Conkov
Nadka Stoqnova Ivanova-Dankova
Ralica Rumenova Karanikolova
Marin Nikolinov Kovachev
Troian (Bulgaria) 042
Toutatis Trajan Petkov Petkov
Veselka Radeva
Varna (Bulgaria) 059
Mars Janis Libeks
Iveta Murane
Kristina Popila
Martins Priedols
Riga (Latvia) 068
Exoplanets Jennifer Björklund
Sara Levin Saglind
Anders Västerberg
Saltsjöbaden (Sweden) 070
The Venus Transit Bilyana Hristova
Dimitar Kokotanekov
Georgi Kokotanekov
Vladimir Palankov
Dimitrovgrad (Bulgaria) 080
The Venus Transit Tatjana Gulic
Alen Jambrosic
Andrej Miklavcic
Miha Osredkar
Medvode (Slovenia) 081
The Moon Alex Feyereisen
Fabrice Muller
Felix Retter
Claude Boncher
Luxembourg (Luxembourg) 106
Exoplanets Stefan Iliev Karatodorov
Joanna Stefanova Kokotanekova
Krasimir Veselinov Vasilev
Haskovo (Bulgaria) 117
The Venus Transit Jacek Dargiel
Kamil Matuszewski
Joanna Trociuk
Miroslaw Trociuk
Wlodawa (Poland) 118
The Venus Transit Szigeti Balazs Budapest (Hungary) 127
The Moon Mateusz Nowak
Kamil Suchodolski
Grzegorz Anasiak
Jaroslaw Wloszek
Lublin (Poland) 139
The Venus Transit Tomas Mojzis
Jan Zeman
Tereza Weingartova
Eva Mojzisova
Teplice (Czech Republic) 152
Alpha Tauri (Aldebaran) António Martins
Fabiano Fonseca
Ofelia Melo Silvestre
Beatriz Cachim
Agueda (Portugal) 154
The Venus Transit Albert Castelltort
LLorenç Samsó
Ricardo González
Albert Capell
Badalona/Barcelona (Spain) 180
The Sun Yuriy Rozhin
Andrey Shurikov
Konstantin Yokimaitis
Alexandr Pobiyakha
Gomel (Belarus) 184
Io Manos Veroutis
Dimitris Arvanitidis
Manos Panagiotis
Manos Apostolakis
Pallini Attikis (Greece) 191
The Sun Kristian Poulstrup
Henrik Bjerregaard
Rasmus Davidsen
Kirsten Kragbak
Vejle (Denmark) 197
The Venus Transit Ivan Nenkov Kolev
Milko Todorov Markov
Joanna Stefanova Kokotanekova
Haskovo (Bulgaria) 205
The Venus Transit Carlos Sampedro-Villasan
Jesica Leyva-Rodriguez
Sonia Martin-Plata
Estefania Molinero-Cortes
Granada (Spain) 207
The Venus Transit Jose Manuel Orrego Alvarez
Berlarmino Alvarez Alvarez
Daniel Dos Santos Machado
Oviedo (Spain) 213
Exoplanets Peter Greskovic
Peter Rudy
Svidnik (Slovakia) 226
The Pleiades Artem Khvastunov
Egor Eremeev
Stanislav Pashkov
Irina Guseva
St. Petersburg (Russia) 237
The Venus Transit Gergely Kun
Csaba Szávai
Alpár Ferenczi
Szentendre (Hungary) 239
The Sun Giedra Abramaityte
Agne Marudinaite
Rigonda Skorulskiené
Vilnius (Lithuania) 256
Supernova 1987A Carola Alejandra Campos Hernández
Patricio Andrés Manuel Robles
Jorge Eduardo Fuentes Peralta
Olga Victoria Hernández de la Fuente
Talca (Chile) 289
Tidal Forces in the Solar System Marcel Törpe
Daniel Weh
Clemens Spensberger
Landsberg am Lech (Germany) 292
The Venus Transit Diego Manuel Carrasco Pinto
Jonathan Rodríguez Gómez
Jairo Infantes Andivia
Manuel Miguel Reina Viedma
Huelva (Spain) 295
Sedna Jakub Macioszek
Krzysztof Gregorczuk
Natalia Spychala
Marek Ogorkiewicz
Suchy Las (Poland) 300
Titan Guiseppe Caso
Alfredo Lamberti
Alfonsina Senatore
Ernesta De Masi
Cava de Tirreni (Italy) 316
The Moon Agate Rublovska
Liva Galina
Kristiana Mindere
Iveta Murane
Riga (Latvia) 349

Winners of three special prizes! (*)

The jury also decided to present three prizes to participants who have distinguished themselves in a special way. Each of the prizes consists of a visit in the near future by an ESO astronomer to the school of the respective teams, for interaction with students and teachers (as far as possible, in the language of the country):

  • Teacher Oita Marinescu-Voicu (Bucharest, Romania), with Laura Chiriazi and Maria Alexandra Crucica ( Team 075 ), for their excellent report on the Moon and as the youngest participants (8 years!)
  • Teacher Carme Alemany Miralpeix (Santa Eulália de Riuprimer, Barcelona, Spain) with Raquel Prat Farràs, Nil Serra Tió and Marc Junyent Puig ( Team 265 ), for involving the entire school in the Venus Transit event
  • Teacher Anders Västerberg (Saltsjöbaden, Sweden) and the members of Teams 022, 023, 054, 070, 071, 072, 090, 111 and 114 , as the teacher with the largest number of delivered reports that fully conform with the Catch a Star! rules.



(*) The organisers will soon contact all the winning teams to arrange for the transfer of the prizes. Please direct any further questions to eduinfo@eso.org.