The winners of this year’s Catch a Star Contest have been announced.
The top three prizes were awarded to: The Lost Planet, by Andrea Moral Suárez, Natalia Serrano López and Ana Sánchez Díez from Spain; Life on Mars, by Daniel Vilda Rodríguez, Daniel Sayad Pérez Peréz and Iván Rodríguez Lozano from Spain; and Dark Matter in the Classroom by Simona Stoyanova and Ognyan Simeonov from Bulgaria.
A complete list of the winners can be found on the Catch a Star website.
ESO is presenting a mounted astronomical image to each of the top five places and each winning team will also have the chance either to carry out remote observations at the National Astronomical Observatory “Rozhen”, Bulgaria, or to hold a video conference with a professional astronomer.
Secondary school students from around the world were invited to take part in the contest. To participate students had to submit a written report on an astronomical topic of their choice — for example an astronomical object, phenomenon, observation, scientific problem or theory.
Catch a Star is a contest organised as a collaboration between the European Association for Astronomy Education (EAAE) and ESO that has been running since 2002. Its goal is to stimulate the creativity and independent work of students, and to strengthen and expand their astronomical knowledge and skills. The programme encourages students to work together, to learn about astronomy and to discover things for themselves by researching information on an astronomical object.
Find out more about the competition on the Catch a Star website.