The National Astronomy Meeting 2016


Last week the FT team attended this year's National Astronomy Meeting in Nottingham. The event is run by the Royal Astronomical Society and provides eight plenary talks and 60 parallel sessions covering all areas within the field of astronomy and cosmology

The Education and Outreach sessions took place on the Tuesday and Wednesday and was chaired by our very own Paul Roche. On Tuesday, Fraser was able to introduce the audience to the use of robotic telescopes in STEM education, in particular the Liverpool telescope run by the National Schools' Observatory and of course the Faulkes Telescopes and LCOGT network.

Sophie then talked about some of the educational materials we have been developing in collaboration with the Gaia Alerts team at the University of Cambridge. School showcases were shown to demonstrate previous success stories of students making their own observations and analysing the data. 


On Wednesday morning Mat presented the new virtual reality tours he has been developing using Google cardboard. This allows people to do things like experience a virtual tour of the ISS or see all the transients Gaia is detecting within our Milky Way galaxy.

If you'd like to hear more about any of the topics, feel free to contact us on:

fraser.lewis 'at'

sophie.bartlett 'at'

matthew.allen 'at'