Solar system

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...

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.

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.



Comet Cardinal imaged as part of BBC Stargazing Live event!

As part of the BBC's Stargazing Live event, users of the FTs have been asked to image interesting objects. This lovely image of Comet Cardinal was taken by amateur astronomer Nick Howes, using FTN.

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.

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