Have you ever wanted to take your astronomy to the next level, or maybe getting a telescope is just not practical? Think you might be too young to do real science and astronomy? (or too old?) Well think again with resources like Our Solar Siblings and iTelescope.net, you can access research telescopes across the world at anytime and all you need is a computer and the desire to take some amazing images.
Still not sure if you could do it? Well come along to Dr Michael Fitzgerald‘s talk on the Science Stage and see the kind of amazing science and astronomy the students he has been working with have produced. Some of them have even authored scientific papers! All the way from Edith Cowan University, a talk not to be missed by anyone of any age!
Our Solar Siblings
Find out about what upper primary and high school students are researching about stars and galaxies with robotic telescopes around the world.
Our Solar Siblings is a high school level project where teachers and students can use research-grade robotic telescopes in the classroom. The project is focused on the Year 9/10 Australian Curriculum but is also used in Year 11/12, the International Baccalaureate, astronomy clubs and individual student researchers. Some students have even gone onto publish their own science papers using data from the telescopes.
And the best thing about doing astronomy this way, other than the awesome images and science, is that you don’t have to be outside all night getting really cold while waiting for the perfect shot. Although, add in a nice cup of hot chocolate and a comfy chair so you can watch the stars, it then becomes a very nice evening.
Check the Program page for the full schedule.