Mineral County High School has been chosen to participate in the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network (RECON) campaign on Nov. 23.
This hands-on collection of data will engage children in astronomical research. RECON members have been trained to use telescope and camera equipment.
The goal is to measure the size of trans-Neptunian objects, four and a half billion years old frozen objects which are orbiting beyond Neptune.
Observing these objects will allow RECON to understand the formation and composition of the matter. Data collected could lead to new information regarding the origins of our solar system.
Hawthorne is one of twelve communities in Nevada that will participate in the observation.