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Explore stars in the US from India using internet telescope

Delhi,Education,Science/Tech, Mon, 09 Apr 2012 IANS

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) Students from nearly 80 Delhi schools will soon get an opportunity to explore the night skies in the US while sitting in India using internet telescope through a project in collaboration with IASC (International Astronomical Search Collaboration).


Students sitting at their desks in India will remotely control telescopes to see and explore the night sky visible in the US and take in-depth pictures of celestial objects such as asteroids, galaxies, nebulae and clusters.


The international space science project - 'Internet Telescope' is brought to India by SPACE (Science Popularisation Association of Communicators & Educators), an organisation working for spreading awareness about astronomy in youngsters.



Internet Telescope enables school students to control and monitor 10 inch and 16 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes located at the Ironwood North Observatory, USA while sitting in New Delhi.



"It is the first time that such a project has been brought to India on a large scale. Selected students will get an opportunity to be trained and participate in this exciting real science project," said C.B. Devgun from SPACE.



This gives a unique and a rare experience to students at a young age to get access to telescopes placed in a privately-owned observatory located in Queen Creek, Arizona, he said.



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