Pinoy pride: Cebu-based astronomer to play a key role in Jupiter exploration

  • A Cebu-based astronomer will play a key role in the Jupiter exploration
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s tapped Cebu-based astronomer Christopher Go
  • Go has been observing Jupiter for 12 years

A Cebu-based astronomer will be playing a big role in the Jupiter exploration which will start on July 4.

In an article written by Aya Tantiangco of GMA News, it was disclosed that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Juno spacecraft will be investigating Jupiter, with the new information leading to a better understanding of our solar system. The world’s leading amateur and professional astronomers will collaborate with NASA to better understand the “state and evolution of Jupiter’s atmosphere over the course of the mission.”

Among those tapped by NASA is Cebu-based amateur astronomer, Christopher Go.

“I’ve been imaging Jupiter since 2004 and have worked for many years to develop collaborations between amateur and professional astronomers.  Amateurs have the advantage in that they don’t have to apply for telescope time, and the equipment now available means that we can make very high-quality observations,” he said.

Go is one of the 29 participants from 13 different countries, including Japan, Romania, Slovenia, and the US. The participants will be attending a workshop at the Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur in Nice, France for a coordinated ground-support for the Juno mission.

“I am delighted that the amateur community has been invited to collaborate on Juno and excited at the opportunity to make an important contribution to the mission,” Go expressed.

Go’s first major discovery involving Jupiter was in February 2006, when he observed that the planet’s Oval Ba white spot has turned red. The spot is now called “Red Spot Jr.”

After the aforementioned discovery, Go was accepted into the American Astronomical Society and its Division for Planetary Sciences.

Moreover, in June 2010, he and fellow astronomer, Anthony Wesley, were able to capture a fireball exploding in Jupiter.

Watch Go’s lecture on advanced planetary imaging here: