Schools


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.

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:

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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. 

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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.

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: 

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