of Birmingham shows its new telescope for the public
A new era of
astronomy is beginning at the University of Birmingham. Students and researchers
are starting to observe the night sky with a new state-of-the-art telescope
at the observatory of the University on the outskirts of the city.
The new telescope,
which is the largest within 50 miles of Birmingham will revolutionise the
learning opportunities for students. The new Alluna Optics telescope will
be available also for the community and local astronomy groups . Since
the 1980s, the observatory has been used by generations of students at
for the prestigious physics and astrophysics study programme at the university.
Dr. Graham Smith, Director of the University of Birmingham Observatory,
said: Our students can now investigate much further back in time to the
beginning of the universe and also research much fainter objects in the
local universe than was previously possible. Iím really looking forward
to urging them to use our new telescope to its limit as they explore the
cosmos and develop cutting-edge research, analysis and project competence.
This trip starts today, the new era of student observations is beginning.
Callum Bell House, an undergraduate student in Birmingham who will be using
the telescope in his studies, said: "My friends and I are very pleased
to see this upgrade at the observatory. Itís great to be among the first
students to have the opportunity to observe using the Alluna RC telescope.
The practical skills and experience we have obtained with this new telescope
are invaluable for our future." Callum continued: "The members of our Bachelor
Astronomy Society AstroSoc will organise astronomy events for the general
public. As Chairman of the AstroSoc I can say I am looking forward to start
working with the observatory and the new public astronomy nights a year
in 2014 " Website
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