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Sutherland students observing with the Faulkes Telescope (FT)

24 Jun 2013, 15:11 UTC
Sutherland students observing with the Faulkes Telescope (FT)
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Ten grade eight students from Roggeveled primary school in the small town of Sutherland (Northern Cape, South Africa), which is the home of the 3X1m Las Cumbres Observatory Global telescope (LCOGT) robotic telescopes, participated in an essay competition based on various astronomical observations they made using the LCOGT 2m Faulkes Telescopes in Hawaii and Australia. The various objects observed by these group of students include galaxies, star clusters and planetary nebulae. Recently LCOGT starts to allocate some time on both the Faulkes Telescope North and South (FTN/FTS) to strengthen the education program jointly run with the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and as part of that effort this pilot project with students of Roggeveled primary school is conducted. So far more than 12hrs of observing time is used and various astronomical objects were observed by the students. We hope that a much larger program which involves more students from South Africa as well as the rest of Africa will be done once the 3x1m robotic telescopes in Sutherland are open for normal operation. After acquiring their data by remotely observing their targets using the computer facility made available by the South African Astronomical observatory (SAAO) in Sutherland community center, the ...

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