Monthly Update - May

Dear All,

This is the monthly newsletter for May from the Faulkes Telescope Project.

Faulkes Monthly Wonders

Each month, we at the Faulkes Telescope Project will be handpicking a number of astronomical objects which you might like to observe with the telescopes. They will be chosen as they are interesting objects to look at, with a number of educational activities that you can do with the images whether you're a complete beginner, or a more advanced user of the telescopes. All observing criteria e.g. filters, exposure times, coordinates etc will be given, so all you have to do is choose your targets!

This month's targets are:

  •     M27 - The Dumbbell nebular
  •     M92 - Globular Cluster
  •     NGC 5897 - Globular Cluster
  •     Arp271 - A pair of interacting galaxies

As always we'd also like to encourage you to send us your completed images so we can showcase them to other users and the public. You can share them with us via:

Twitter: Tweet us @faulkestel using #FaulkesMonthlyWonders
Instagram: @faulkestelescopeproject
Email: Send an email to , tell us what you did and we'll put them on our showcase for all to see!

Upcoming Events

We have a number of events coming up over the next couple of months - more details can be found on the FT website here: but at a quick glance we have:


3rd-5th June 2016 - STEM discovery week - Brussels, Belgium

There will be a face-to-face workshop “STEM Discovery Week: Innovative Practices in Inquiry Based Learning” in the Future Classroom Lab, Brussels. Selected teachers will enjoy a free round-trip from the UK to Brussels, free meals and accommodation! You will also have the opportunity to participate in various STEM workshops as well as network and exchange best practices with science teachers from other projects and across the world. Please see here more details on how to apply:

13th-15th June 2016 - Space as a context for teaching science - Didcot, UK

This three day CPD event will allow teachers to learn from scientists and engineers from Cambridge University and the Mullard Space Science Laboratory who are behind the European Space Agency's Gaia mission. This is part one of a two part course and will be held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Didcot, Oxfordshire. Please see here for more details and how to apply.

20th June 2016 - CPD Event - Northern Ireland

More details to be released soon. Keep an eye on the Upcoming events page on our website (

Clear Skies

FT Team