As a significant portion of your class grade (20 %), you
will be asigned to a group of three or four students. Together you will
choose an object from a list to observe with the new Grenfell telescope,
analyse the images using image processing software to highlight a
particular scientific aspect of the object. Your results will be
presented in a poster that you and your group will design and display
towards the end of the term.
Our First Poster Session!
Our first poster session, held April 3rd, 2011 was a big success! The
eight observing groups each produced a poster and students were able to see
and ask questions about everyone else's poster. The Head of
Science, Dr. Campbell, and Dr. Peddle, Grenfell AVP, came to admire the
students' work, as well.
Interactive Chart of the Messier Objects
In the later part of the 18th century, French astronomer and
Messier complied a list of about 100 objects which were not
comets - but whose fuzzy image might be mistaken for a comet.
The objects are now used as a compliation of different kinds
of interesting objects - galaxies, star clusters, supernova
remnants, bright nebulae - which are visible in a small
telescope. They also serve as a challenge for some astronomers
who want to "observe the list"!
For more information, click on any object at right, or see
The Messier Catalog.
how colour images are created, from the
Telescope website, an amateur
astronomy magazine. A very informative site; it has
interactive observing apps and much helpful information.
HubbleSite, a gallery of Hubble images
and info on how they are created. And from the
Hubble Heritage site, detailed information about how colour
filters are used to make the images.
SalsaJ, the image processing software for your images (Download
Stargazing: Astronomy through the Seasons, a series of
popular-level articles posted by an NRC astronomer to promote public
understanding of astronomy
Stellarium is a free
open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky
in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a
telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors.
information for Corner Brook, from the Canadian Meteorological