The Liverpool Robotic Telescope

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Produced in 2015, these materials are themed around the work of the Liverpool Robotic Telescope and the National Schools’ Observatory (NSO). Through the National Schools’ Observatory (NSO) web site, registered schools can request specific observations to be made using the remotely-controlled Liverpool Telescope. In one project, using current observations, students can participate in the search for Near Earth Objects (NEO).

The materials consist of teacher notes and student materials. They contain information designed to inform teachers of the cutting edge science being performed at Liverpool John Moores University. They may also be used with students following post-16 courses in Physics.

Student activities include:

Asteroid watch - Students interpret images from the Liverpool Telescope to see how Near Earth Objects can be detected. They use LTImage to view the images and also calculate the speed of an asteroid captured in the images. Using this technique, students can analyse current, real-life data from the Liverpool Telescope and become involved in looking for Near Earth Objects.

Light spectra and stars - Students work in groups to research and present information that looks at how photons are produced in distant stars, how this light can be analysed by spectroscopy and how stars can be classified according to characteristic spectra.

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