Take an image using (free) NASA robotic telescopes

January 27, 2012 | By | Add a Comment
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If you are covering the ‘Space Sciences’ component of the Australian Curriculum (Science) this term, why not get your students to take their own photograph of a celestial object (such as the Moon or a galaxy) using a robotic telescope? You don’t need any technical knowledge of how to use the telescope (it uses a simple ‘select and click’ menu) and you are emailed when the image has been taken. That said, for the technically minded, you can download free image manipulation software from the site if you want to.

The telescope website can be found at: http://mo-www.cfa.harvard.edu/MicroObservatory/

Sample image taken by a MicroObservatory telescope of the Ring Nebula (M57).

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This website is maintained by Paul Floyd. I am an amateur astronomer (and school teacher) with 25 years experience (as at 2015) in running a range of education and public astronomy outreach activities. As of January 2015, I have been providing astronomy information via the WWW for eighteen years.