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Australia Telescope - Outreach and Education

An innovative project by the Parkes radio telescope which allows secondary students to control the telescope and observe pulsars under the guidance of professional astronomers.

Students can analyse data to try to determine properties of the pulsars, results are feed into a growing database used by astronomers. By participating in this project students will meet professional astronomers, learn how to control a state-of-the-art telescope, experience real science and share work with students from other schools.

The data collect by this project will be of use to astronomers in ongoing research. Astronomers from the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) use the data to track the evolution of the pulsars over many years, to test Einstein's theory of gravity and hopefully find gravitational waves.

The website also contains:

  • Resources for junior and senior Secondary students
  • Teacher information to support the teaching of Astronomy 
  • Wildflowers in the Sky Project – an initiative linking Midwest WA schools with the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility
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