Internet Telescope Project

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Overview


Take stunning scientific images of celestial objects by operating a telescope remotely while sitting at your home. Learn what a professional astronomer does.

Internet Telescope project, spearheaded by SPACE was first introduced to Indian students in the year 2011 under Global Hands on Universe in collaboration with IASC. Under this project selected students get an opportunity to control and monitor 10” and 16″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes located at the Ironwood North Observatory, USA and also iTelescope project in Europe, while sitting here in India by accessing a remote interface that connects to the telescopes. This project gives the opportunity to students to take data using telescopes at a professional observatory. This kind of opportunity is not possible for most students even at the college level.

Description of Activity
Students use these telescopes to explore the night sky visible in other locations, and take in depth pictures of celestial objects such as asteroids, galaxies, nebulae, clusters etc. In the project, students are guided by educators, and they learn how to plan an observation the way real astronomers do to find targets, and plan exposure times and filters.

Learning Outcomes and Benefits to Schools
Students are taught skills in observing like real astronomers do. Skills gained by them during this workshop include observation planning, familiarisation with the software interface which are very advanced skills at the school level. The school is able to showcase the spectacular pictures imaged by their students. The data received can be used for further analysis.

Current programme

The Internet Telescope project was held in India on 8 days in April 2012. Through this program students were given access to 2 telescopes – a 10 inch and a 16 inch simultaneously for 40 hours. About 50 SPACE club schools, and schools otherwise affiliated with SPACE participated in this project.

In Internet Telescope, SPACE enabled about 50 schools and organizations to  remotely control and monitor 10” and 16″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes located at the Ironwood North Observatory, USA while sitting right here in New Delhi!  Students sitting at their desks in India during school hours could see and explore the night sky visible in United States, and take in depth pictures of celestial objects such as asteroids, galaxies, nebulae, clusters etc.  Earlier, SPACE had conducted the pilot run of Internet Telescope in July, 2011 with few selected schools and organizations. This time SPACE hosted nearly 50 schools and organizations which makes Internet Telescope as one of the 2012’s biggest Astronomy Projects. This project gave a unique and rare experience to students at a young age to get access to telescopes placed in a privately-owned observatory. Usually this opportunity can only be availed by college students.

Achievements


Conducted since 2011, SPACE associated schools have been privileged to be a part of this unique opportunity:

  • 91 schools and 215 students have participated.
  • More than 400 stunning Astronomy Images have been taken of celestial objects including deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulae, globular clusters and comets.
  • Students have had the privilege to access professional telescopes from observatories around the world.

Gallery


Find photos of this event in the SPACE Photo gallery Click here

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