Gemini Schools Astronomy Contest

Gemini Schools Astronomy Contest

Australian students: What would you do with an enormous telescope?

Students in Australia have a chance to win an hour of observing time on one of the world's largest optical telescopes, the 8-metre Gemini South telescope in the Andes Mountains of Chile.

Pick an object in the Southern sky and in one page, explain why your selected target would be a good choice to be imaged by the Gemini South Telescope. Justify your answer with reasons of scientific interest and visual appeal. The contest is open to any Australian students in Years 5-12, as well as inter-school groups and clubs of students, provided each entry has a clearly designated submitting school and teacher. Entries may be written individually or in groups, but must be submitted by a teacher (limit of two entries per school).

Deadline: Friday 13th May 2011

The best-ranked entry will have their object imaged by Gemini. The professionally processed picture will then be presented to the school by astronomers who will explain what the image reveals about the target.

The classes for the top three entries will be eligible to participate in a Live From Gemini program, an introduction to the Gemini telescopes provided via a video link to experts in one of the Gemini control rooms.

For more details and to download an entry form visit http://ausgo.aao.gov.au/contest/