Astronomy with Art

Pupils at Goddard Park Community Primary School in Swindon got stuck into World Space Week but incorporating astronomy into their art lessons! Inspired by some of the images taken by the Faulkes Telescopes, Year 3 pupils produced some beautiful chalk drawings of galaxies, nebulae and various other astronomical objects. 

Here is some of their work:











Supernova Success from Portugal

We've had more success on this year's favourite supernova so far, SN2016adj in Centaurus A.

High School Adolfo Portela in Portugal have been observing the supernova and performing photometry measurements in their Astronomy Club. 


Here is what the students had to say about their experiences: 

Photometry from France

College le Monteil in France have had great success both observing and analysing data they obtained from the Faulkes Telescopes. Students took their own images of the recent supernova in Centaurus A and used these along with images taken by other users to perform photometry.

From their results, they were able to plot a light curve in order to see how the supernova has faded over time.

An Investigation of the Open Cluster M25 by 10th Grade Students in Greece

A photometric study of the open cluster M25 has been conducted by Mrs. Stella Tryfonidou and her class of 10th grade students. Their work is presented in both Greek and English and features a study of stars and stellar evolution.

By using images from the LCOGT archive, they were able to use the free photometry package, Salsa J, to take measurements of the brightness of several stars and use these to create a colour-magnitude diagram.

From this, they were able to identify a main sequence of stars as well as identifying a star which may be an evolved red giant.

Galaxies Projects with the Faulkes Telescopes

In March this year, we reported on a school in France who had recently begun using the Faulkes Telescopes in their classroom. After attending an EU-HOU/GTTP Astronomy Training Workshop, their teacher, Hevre Faivre, introduced the students to the telescopes, and to a project on galaxies. To read about their project, and how they linked observations of galaxies with the citizen science project, Galaxy Zoo, click on the link here

Holly Hall School target asteroid Scheila for BBC Stargazing Live Event

As part of the BBC's Stargazing Live event, FT users have been observing a list of interesting targets - here, Holly Hall School have taken a number of images of the asteroid Scheila. This animation shows the path of the asteroid across the sky.

Aging the Stars



Poster form Goleta Valley Junior High School by  Daniel Godinez Alcantara and Caylin Canales (13 yrs old) - 4th Place in Pysics & Astronomy division at California State Science Fair.






Astronaut Visit

On the 2nd of July 2010 Astor of Hever Community School students welcomed Garrett Reisman, a mission specialist on the latest Space Shuttle Atlantis mission, STS -132.

Students enjoyed a day of astronaut themed activities.



Detecting the dwarfs!

On Tuesday May 18th, pupils at College Le Monteil in France, together with their teacher Andre Debackere, used FTS to image two of the dwarf planets in our Solar System - Pluto and Ceres.


The images of Pluto, taken with the R filter for 30s were then made into an animted gif, shown below. Pluto can clearly be seen near the middle of the image, moving against the starry background.



Finding the Asteroid 2007 UR2 - Observations with Faulkes Telescope North

In January this year, 2 students from Victoria College, Belfast, worked with astronomers at the Armagh Observatory, and found a very exciting object! Read their report of their observations here...

169P/NEAT: A Comet or an Asteroid?

Two students from Our Lady and St. Patrick's College, Knock, and Bangor Grammar School in Northern Ireland worked with astronomers at the Armagh Observatory in January this year, observing comets and unusual asteroids. Read the report they wrote about their work here...

Astronomy projects with the Faulkes Telescopes

In June 2009 three senior school physics students from West Galilee handed in their research projects completed using data from the Faulkes Telescopes to the Board of Education in Israel.

40% of the students final grade in physics was based on these projects. Teachers examined each student for over an hour and were very impressed saying that they would have liked to give one student in particular more than 100%.

The Faulkes Telescopes and the Nuffield Science Bursary Scheme

As part of the 2009 Nuffield Science Bursary Scheme, two students from Northern Ireland carried out summer projects under the supervision of Dr David Asher at Armagh Observatory. Details of the projects they carried out can be found by clicking here.

First EU-HOU Comenius teacher training workshop - a teacher's point of view (2)

The first Comenius funded teacher training workshop was held on the 7th-10th May this year and was attended by 2 UK teachers, Jacquie Milligan and Jeremy Thomas. Here is Jeremy's report on the succesful workshop:

First EU-HOU Comenius teacher training workshop - a teacher's point of view

Following the successful Comeniu-funded EU-HOU teacher training workshop in France on 7th-10th May, Jacquie Milligan, a OHPexo.jpgregular Faulkes Telescope user who attended the workshop, had this to say about the weekend: 

Faulkes Telescope Projects

Jeff Stanger, a teacher at Sydney Girls High School, has written a number of projects based around using the Faulkes Telescopes in the classroom. His excellent activities and worksheets can be found by clicking on the link here

GCSE Astronomy Coursework

Keiran Davies, a year 10 pupil at West Monmouth school undertook his GCSE Astronomy coursework using the Faulkes Telescope in Hawaii. Observing the spiral galaxy M100, Kieron studied a supernova in the galaxy, and his results can be seen in the coursework here.

Faulkes Telescope Project Poster

Christs Hospital School produced this FT poster to advertise their activities in astronomy for their School Open Day.

Discovery of Fast rotating asteroid

Following an observing alert posted on April 10, four groups contributed observations of the newly-discovered near-Earth asteroid 2008 GP3 using Faulkes South. The object was imaged both on April 11 and on April 12 and photometry was performed by Richard Miles of the British Astronomical Association to check whether or not the object was a fast rotator. Since 2008 GP3 is a small object, probably only about 20-30 meters across, there is a good chance that it spins quickly on its axis.