And the winners are...

ESO and EAAE are delighted to announce the winners of the Catch a Star 2007 contest. We would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the competition. The standard of the entries was most impressive, which made the task of choosing winners difficult, and the jury enjoyed reading the projects on which the teams had worked so hard. Even if you did not receive a prize this year, we hope you had fun taking part, and learnt some exciting things about our Universe! Look out for the next "Catch a Star!" competition...

Thank you also to the members of the public who voted in the Artists competition.

The winners listed below are subject to confirmation of eligibility (according to the rules given in "How to enter" ). We will be contacting winners shortly to confirm details, but if you have any questions please email us at eduinfo@eso.org .

The winners of the top prize, a trip to the ESO Very Large Telescope in Chile:

The top prize in Catch a Star 2007 was a week-long trip to Chile to visit the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) on Paranal. It was won by students Jan Mestan and Jan Kotek from Gymnazium Pisek in the Czech Republic, together with their teacher Marek Tyle. Their report on "Research and Observation of the Solar Eclipse" told how they had studied solar eclipses, and involved their fellow students in observations of an eclipse from their school in 2006.

You can read more about the winners in the ESO press release announcing the results.

The following material is the responsibility of the participants, and not of ESO:

Full list of winners:

Researchers

Visit to the ESO Very Large Telescope on Paranal (Chile).

  • CAS2007-7: Research and Observation of the Solar Eclipse
    Jan Mestan, Jan Kotek with Marek Tyle (Czech Republic)
  • Visit to Königsleiten Observatory (Austria).

  • CAS2007-397: Jupiter on radio
    Emilio Rojas, Angel Sánchez, Javier Ortíz with Roberto Palmer (Spain)
  • Visit to ESO Headquarters and Wendelstein Observatory (Germany).

  • CAS2007-388: Determining the relative radiant of Geminid meteor shower
    Bogumil Giertler, Ammar Ahmed with Richard Burt (Italy)
  • Visit to the Hispano-German Astronomical Observatory of Calar Alto in Almeria (Spain).

  • CAS2007-433: Light on Dark Matter
    Victor Raimbault, Remi Takase, Thomas Salez with Michel Faye (France)
  • Pack containing "RedShift 6 Premium" DVD-ROM astronomy software, ESO posters, and ESO baseball caps

  • CAS2007-120: Catch a Supernova!
    Piotr Luboń, Piotr Skonieczka with Krzysztof Rochowicz (Poland)
  • CAS2007-269: The Extraordinary comet C/2006 P1(McNaught)
    Evgeni Deliev, Mariana Hubenova, Denitsa Georgieva with Dimitar Kokotanekov (Bulgaria)
  • CAS2007-284: Sunspots and Solar Activity
    Javier Vaquero Martínez, Javier Pascual Vinagre, Pedro Román Álvarez with María José Torrado Criado (Spain)
  • CAS2007-290: undressing a star
    Elena Jordana, Paloma Rodríguez with Ángel Luis Pérez (Spain)
  • CAS2007-291: Saturn - The real "Lord Of The Rings"
    Jan Schotte, Mark Oppermann, Jannis Kühl with Martin Falk (Germany)
  • CAS2007-293: Eta Carinae
    Lynn Blau, Jillian O'Conell, Raphaëlle Schmit with Pascal Daman (Luxembourg)
  • CAS2007-318: Open cluster Praesepe (M44)
    Alexander Kurtenkov (Bulgaria)
  • CAS2007-333: Blue Stragglers - A Challenge To Modern-Day Astronomy
    Rumen Stamatov, Hristo Stavrev, Martina Malcheva with Svetlana Tsekova (Bulgaria)
  • CAS2007-392: M100-a hundred looks on one galaxy
    Marta Kotarba with Grzegorz Sęk (Poland)
  • CAS2007-428: "Rediscovering" the Solar System
    Fanni Kovács, Zsófia Heiligermann with Alpár Ferenczi (Hungary)
  • Adventurers

    Note: all non-winning entries from Catch a Star Researchers are automatically entered into the Catch a Star Adventurers lottery.

    "RedShift 6 Premium" DVD-ROM astronomy software

  • CAS2007-53: Days of Astronomy in Astrospace school Sirius-86
    Pavel Alizade, Danil Bojmistruk with Vladimir Golendukhin (Russia)
  • CAS2007-190: The Red Planet
    Jack King with Catherine Wilson (United Kingdom)
  • CAS2007-205: Following Kopernik
    Angelika Chajec, Magdalena Chrobak with Lech Głazunow (Poland)
  • CAS2007-257: Diffuse nebulae and star formation
    Inna Bozhinova, Maya Petkova with Veselka Radeva (Bulgaria)
  • CAS2007-361: The unseen matter: a darkness' enigma
    Inês Sofia Alves, Ana Rita Soares, André Filipe Malta with Ana Cardoso (Portugal)
  • CAS2007-399: Black Holes
    Nils Landberg, Filip Fernqvist, Erik Kjellström with Anders Västerberg (Sweden)
  • CAS2007-402: Interactions between galaxies
    Philippe Lentz, Catherine Wirtz, Benoît Descoups with Pascal Daman (Luxembourg)
  • CAS2007-421: Saturn
    Matthew Bemtgen with Claude Boncher (Luxembourg)
  • CAS2007-430: Searching for biomarkers in the Universe
    Ben Miller, James Pocock with Lynn Peek (United Kingdom)
  • CAS2007-431: Geminga
    Jakub Macioszek, Krzysztof Obst, Piotr Surma with Zbigniew Gałędzki (Poland)
  • ESO astronomy posters

  • CAS2007-4: ¿THE COALITION AND CANIBALISM OF GALAXIES ? (¿FUSIÓN Y CANIVALISMO ENTRE GALAXIAS?)
    Fernando Julián Storniolo Vera, Matías Samuel Jofré Peralta , Gonzalo Ezequiel Pérez Díaz with Verónica Beatriz Mut Cabello (Argentina)
  • CAS2007-11: GRO J1655
    Ulrike Brinkman, Nele Heimann with Carsten Paul (Germany)
  • CAS2007-175: CCD PHOTOMETRY of GSC 6321-798 (OAM2) ECLIPSING BINARY SYSTEM
    Aleksandar Cikota with Reiner M. Stoss (Croatia)
  • CAS2007-191: Supernovae, Explosions of Life
    Carolina Burgos, Matias Banda, Stefano Botello with Victor Salinas (Chile)
  • CAS2007-261: Die drei kleinsten Planeten unseres Sonnensystems
    Enis Sdiri with Monika Pastor (Germany)
  • CAS2007-288: Oganic molecules in the molecular clouds
    Pit Alberty, Yves Reuland, Martin Heinrichs with Pascal Daman (Luxembourg)
  • CAS2007-387: Face to face with supernova star
    Paulina Sowicka with Grzegorz Sęk (Poland)
  • CAS2007-398: Catch the Eagle Nebula
    Stan Aelterman, Ilia Van Campenhout, Freya Van Alboom with Rinne De Bont (Belgium)
  • CAS2007-401: Quasar Collision
    Mariana Barakchieva, Plamen Dimitrov with Stefka Mihalevska (Bulgaria)
  • CAS2007-429: NGC 6543
    Vanessa Brito, Danilo Saraiva (Portugal)
  • ESO baseball caps

  • CAS2007-187: Plejaden
    Claudio Barchetta, Christian Thumm, Konrad Klein with Hildrun Bäzner-Zehender (Germany)
  • CAS2007-232: Mega Mars
    Joseph O'Hara with Joanne Poland (United Kingdom)
  • CAS2007-267: The Orion Constellation
    Daniela - Adriana Lacatus, Carmen Sultan, Consuela - Emilia Tataru with Lidia Minza (Romania)
  • CAS2007-277: EUROPA Y SU TEORIA DE SER EL NUEVO HOGAR
    GUSTAVO ADOLFO OSORIO BELTRAN with CRISTIAN ALBERTO GÓEZ THERÁN (Colombia)
  • CAS2007-298: G-stars
    Claudia Chabowski, Ruediger Schmitz with Martin Falk (Germany)
  • CAS2007-300: Jupiter and the New Red Spot
    Árpád Bakonyi, Bence Böröndi with Judit Czupy (Hungary)
  • CAS2007-394: The planemo twins- an extraordinary discovery
    Zhelyo Vasilev, Alexander Karadjian, Mihail Kaludov with Ogniana Baikova (Bulgaria)
  • CAS2007-425: Moon Eclipses
    Antoaneta Bilyanska, Yordana Gogozova with Siyka Simeonova (Bulgaria)
  • CAS2007-427: Sunspots, Solar Flares and CMEs
    Gustaf Lansner, Niklas Billing, Felix Ahlström with Anders Västerberg (Sweden)
  • CAS2007-434: Universo Literario
    Darwin Johan Hernadez Vallejo, Laura Cristian Rodriguez, Jhon Guzman with Liliana Gavilan Infante (Colombia)
  • Artists

    ESO astronomy posters

    CAS2007-12: Mysterious comet
    Lazar
    CAS2007-64: Galaxy
    Jędrzej , Alicja
    CAS2007-96: Solar Corona
    Alexey
    CAS2007-148: Wane moon
    Karolis
    CAS2007-151: Touch 1
    Kristina
    CAS2007-169: The Stars
    Zilvinas
    CAS2007-170: Star rain
    Rosanna
    CAS2007-410: KLEPSYDRA
    Sylwester
    CAS2007-462: Constellation
    Rebecca
    CAS2007-514: Sapere aude!
    Agnieszka

    ESO T-shirts or baseball caps

    CAS2007-46: Saturn
    Roman
    CAS2007-47: Mars
    Daria
    CAS2007-50: + The Shining MARS +
    Justyna
    CAS2007-55: Ocean Planet
    Baisan
    CAS2007-58: Solar system
    Natan
    CAS2007-62: Eclipse
    Lariab
    CAS2007-63: Saturn
    Olga
    CAS2007-67: Saturn
    Edyta
    CAS2007-68: The Solar System
    Justyna
    CAS2007-70: The Sun
    Piotr
    CAS2007-77: space
    William
    CAS2007-86: Secret Planet
    Fidha
    CAS2007-105: Space
    Dimitar
    CAS2007-116: Black Hole
    Ewa
    CAS2007-118: A Comet
    Kinga
    CAS2007-119: Życie na Księżycu
    Katarzyna
    CAS2007-121: Starry Night
    Veronika
    CAS2007-150: Flover of the Universe
    Liubov
    CAS2007-153: To the Light
    Paulius
    CAS2007-154: In the Space
    Matas
    CAS2007-157: Dance
    Jurate
    CAS2007-162: Saturn
    Egle
    CAS2007-166: Planet
    Juste
    CAS2007-172: The Auroras
    Rosanna
    CAS2007-180: Dr Rock
    Thomas
    CAS2007-185: Space
    Weronika
    CAS2007-195: "Comet Trail"
    PINAKI PIYUSH
    CAS2007-212: Space
    John
    CAS2007-239: The carzy sky
    Ana , Carina
    CAS2007-246: Saturn's moom Titan
    Monika
    CAS2007-259: To Catch a Star
    Julian
    CAS2007-263: Mars Space Station
    Boyan
    CAS2007-271: The Solar System
    Daniel
    CAS2007-282: Catch a Star
    Nadine , Laurence
    CAS2007-289: Descubriendo el Universo
    Dana valentina , Mercy Catalina , María Paz
    CAS2007-310: Cosmos on my fingertips
    Jana
    CAS2007-311: Star
    Ilze
    CAS2007-336: 10
    Emilia
    CAS2007-356: 30
    Michalina
    CAS2007-375: The Starry Flowers
    Aleksandra
    CAS2007-377: Catch a Star
    Zuzanna , Karolina , Paulina
    CAS2007-381: The Smile of the Universe
    Marta
    CAS2007-382: The Fantasy
    Paulina , Aleksandra
    CAS2007-419: Colossal Comet
    Jessica
    CAS2007-448: Far Away Spark
    Louise
    CAS2007-467: Star Shower
    Danny
    CAS2007-471: Meteor
    Samantha
    CAS2007-472: Shooting Star
    Jake
    CAS2007-515: Earth: Our Home Planet!
    Bethany
    CAS2007-516: Saturn
    Stephanie