March 2011, ARIES Scientific was granted 501(c)(3) non profit status.
ARIES wins a NASA ROSES EPOESS grant to support Sun Earth Day 2012
February 2011, ARIES Scientific won a NASA ROSES EPOESS grant to support Sun Earth Day 2012. This program will engage 10's of millions of people in the excitement of the June 5/6, 2012 Transit of Venus.
ARIES wins grant to support LSST E/PO
ARIES has won a multi-year contract from the LSST (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) project that is based in Tucson, Arizona. ARIES will contribute to the development of education and public outreach programs for the LSST, which has been identified by the U.S. National Research Council as the highest priority ground-based astronomy facility for the next decade. LSST will be an 8.4-meter telescope with a 3-gigapixel camera, capable of imaging the entire visible sky in 3 nights. LSST will repeatedly image the full sky 1000 times over a 10-year project lifetime. The telescope is expected to discover 100,000 new sky events every night -- these include supernovae, asteroids, gamma-ray bursts, planetary transits, gravitational lensing events, accretion outbursts around black holes, and more. Because the LSST has an open data policy, it will be a "telescope for everyone", so that students, educators, and the public will be able to share in the excitement of new discoveries every night for 10 years.