What is VSA anyway?
VSA, or Visnjan School of Astronomy, is a summer school of astronomy located in the Visnjan Observatory, near Porec. It represents a continuing experiment in an
attempt to merge science and the education of young minds without the usual stress and unnecessary authority exercised in other similar schools. Young people are
treated like research colleagues in the scientific process. Created in the Visnjan Observatory, VSA represents the result of many years' work of its organizers and founders
When was it held?
VSA '99 was held during summer, from 20 till 27 of August 1999.
How did a typical day look like during VSA '99?
Getting up was around 12:30 -12:45pm. Lunch was at 1pm in Burgonja. Then data reduction from previous night's meteor observation was made. Lecture starts at 5pm
and lasts for hour or 2. Dinner is at 7pm in Burgonja. The preparations for observation start around 8, 8:30pm and from 9pm till 5:30am. Then we were supposed to go to bed.
What kind of equipment was available during VSA '99?
Newton Ross telescope 410 mm/4.3 C-8/200mm CCD cameras ST-6, AP8
Audio-visual equipment: TV, video, etc.
Computers and connection to Internet
CCD cameras ST-6, AP8
Library and literature
Where did participants sleep and eat?
All participants were placed in multi-bed rooms in a dormitory near Visnjan elementary school. Eating was organized through Burgonja restaurant. Their pizza is great :-)
Is there something special about VSA '99 that makes it special?
Two things actually. This year school was be entirely oriented to small bodies of the Solar system, so the planned groups was introduced into astronomy of small bodies
of the Solar system such as meteors and asteroids. The other thing is financial problems which caused shorter duration of VSA '99 (7 days and not 10 as planned).
What about old VSA page?
What about it? There is no old page any more:-)