Would Your Students Like to Control the Parkes Radio Telescope?

Would Your Students Like to Control the Parkes Radio Telescope?

Applications Open for PULSE@Parkes at VSSEC

PULSE@PARKES is a CSIRO program that allows students to remotely control the Parkes Radio Telescope. Students observe pulsars under the guidance of professional astronomers and their data is feed into a growing database used by professional astronomers. Visit the PULSE@Parkes website for more information and instructions on how to apply for an observation slot. For schools who are unable to secure an observation slot the first PULSE@Parkes online module is now freely available to all. In this module you can access any of the observations from the program and analyse them to determine the dispersion measure for a given pulsar and hence estimate the distance to the pulsar. The module includes a tutorial.

Expressions of interest are now open for the PULSE@Parkes observing session at VSSEC, Wednesday 24th August, 2011. Three groups of five Year 11 students from different schools will be accepted. Preference will be given to schools who haven’t participated in the program before. Applications will close on the 15th July and successful schools will be notified no later than 22nd July. Please email bookings@vssec.vic.edu.au to register your interest and include how this program will benefit your school.