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Advances on the Pierre Auger outreach and education program
Gabriella Cataldi, Andrej Filipčič, Jon Paul Lundquist, Shima Ujjani Shivashankara, Samo Stanič, Serguei Vorobiov, Danilo Zavrtanik, Marko Zavrtanik, 2023, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: The Pierre Auger Observatory has implemented a novel method of astroparticle detection that combines various techniques and has an open data policy. The dissemination of information about the different astroparticle detection methods, ranging from surface water-Cherenkov detectors to underground scintillator detectors, is now possible due to access to specialized tools for data analysis. This allows for the introduction of the topic of astroparticles to teachers and students at different educational levels. This marks a significant moment for the Observatory. In this work, we will discuss the diverse outreach initiatives undertaken by the Observatory, which have facilitated interaction among members of the international collaboration and enabled collaborative actions between the permanent staff of the Observatory in Malargüe and other institutions worldwide through synchronous meetings. These programs provide visitors with the opportunity to explore the environment of secondary particle cascades produced by cosmic rays, leading to a record number of monthly visitors since the opening of the Observatory 25 years ago.
Keywords: Pierre Auger Observatory, ultra-high energy cosmic rays, Pierre Auger Outreach and Education program
Published in RUNG: 24.01.2024; Views: 995; Downloads: 8
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Outreach activities at the Pierre Auger Observatory
K.S. Caballero-Mora, Jon Paul Lundquist, 2022, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: The Pierre Auger Observatory, sited in Malargüe, Argentina, is the largest observatory available for measuring ultra-high-energy cosmic rays (UHECR). The Auger Collaboration has measured and analysed an unprecedented number of UHECRs. Along with making important scientific discoveries, for example, the demonstration that cosmic rays above 8 EeV are of extragalactic origin and the observation of a new feature in the energy spectrum at around 13 EeV, outreach work has been carried out across the 18 participating countries and online. This program ranges from talks to a varied audience, to the creation of a local Visitor Center, which attracts 8000 visitors annually, to initiating masterclasses. Permanent and temporary exhibitions have been prepared both in reality and virtually. Science fairs for elementary- and high-school students have been organised, together with activities associated with interesting phenomena such as eclipses. In addition, we participate in international events such as the International Cosmic Day, Frontiers from H2020, and the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Part of the Collaboration website is aimed at the general public. Here the most recent articles published are summarised. Thus the Collaboration informs people about work in our field, which may seem remote from everyday life. Furthermore, the Auger Observatory has been a seed for scientific and technological activities in and around Malargüe. Different outreach ventures that already have been implemented and others which are foreseen will be described.
Keywords: Pierre Auger Observatory, indirect detection, ultra-high energy, cosmic rays, outreach, open data
Published in RUNG: 26.09.2023; Views: 913; Downloads: 5
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Tanja Petrushevska, S. Papadogiannakis, Emir Karamehmetoglu, 2015, other performed works

Abstract: Fysik i Kungsträdgården is one of the major outreach events in Stockholm where scientists have the chance to show their research. This year the supernova group at the OKC invited the public to look for supernovae with us using the intermediate Palomar (Transient) Factory (iPTF) collaboration telescope in Palomar, California, U.S.A. Due to the time difference between Stockholm and California, we were able to look at live images as they were taken from the telescope, to search for new transient objects such as supernovae. The event was successful, bringing a lot of people from the park in central Stockholm to come and search with us.
Keywords: science outreach, supernova hunting for the public
Published in RUNG: 09.02.2018; Views: 3976; Downloads: 0
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Tanja Petrushevska, S. Papadogiannakis, Tor Kjellsson, other performed works

Abstract: Report of the Fysikshow activities of 2015-2016
Keywords: physics outreach with experiments
Published in RUNG: 06.02.2018; Views: 3461; Downloads: (1 vote)
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Tanja Petrushevska, Katarina Bendtz, other performed works

Abstract: I dagarna offentliggjordes att astrofysikerna på (iPTF) Intermediate Palomar Transient Factory detekterat en supernova typ 1a som vars ljus just nu böjs av en galax. Fenomenet kallas ”gravitational lensing” och är en effekt av att rumtiden kröks av massiva objekt, som vi diskuterade i Professor Magenta avsnitt om maskhål. Tanja Petrushevska är doktorand på Stockholms universitet och medlem av iPTF. Hon och de andra i iPTF skriver just nu på artikeln om upptäckten som hon berättar mer om i detta PM special!
Keywords: interview, astrophysics outreach
Published in RUNG: 06.02.2018; Views: 3555; Downloads: 0
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Education, Outreach and Public Relations of the Pierre Auger Observatory
Charles Timmermans, Andrej Filipčič, Gašper Kukec Mezek, Ahmed Saleh, Samo Stanič, Marta Trini, Darko Veberič, Serguei Vorobiov, Lili Yang, Danilo Zavrtanik, Marko Zavrtanik, 2015, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: The scale and scope of the physics studied at the Pierre Auger Observatory continue to offer significant opportunities for original outreach work. Education, outreach and public relations of the Auger Collaboration are coordinated in a dedicated task whose goals are to encourage and support a wide range of efforts that link schools and the public with the Auger scientists and the science of cosmic rays, particle physics, and associated technologies. We focus on the impact of the Collaboration in Mendoza Province, Argentina and beyond. The Auger Visitor Center in Malargüe has hosted over 95,000 visitors since 2001, and a fifth Collaboration-sponsored science fair was held on the Observatory campus in November 2014. The Rural Schools Program, which is run by Observatory staff and which brings cosmic-ray science and infrastructure improvements to remote schools, continues to broaden its reach. Numerous online resources, video documentaries, and animations of extensive air showers have been created for wide public release. Increasingly, collaborators draw on these resources to develop Auger related displays and outreach events at their institutions and in public settings to disseminate the science and successes of the Observatory worldwide. We also highlight education and outreach activities associated with the planned upgrade of the Observatory’s detector systems and future physics goals.
Keywords: Pierre Auger Observatory, cosmic rays physics, education, outreach, public relations
Published in RUNG: 03.03.2016; Views: 4877; Downloads: 184
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