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Inspiring the next generation of Astrophysicists

The moon

Last week, over 150 students and parents attended informative workshops spread over four evenings, and led by our Science Department, about life on the moon and comets. Participants then entered our school observatory in smaller groups of six, to study the moon, using a computerised, optical telescope.

In 2018, the Science Department introduced GCSE Astronomy as an option for Sixth Form students to take alongside A Levels.

One of the workshops was led by our Sixth Form astronomers, who shared details of the cutting-edge research we are doing with the James Webb Project. 

“As a member of the Institute for Research in Schools, we are currently gathering and classifying data provided to us by the Spitzer Space Telescope,” explained Maddie and Nahila.

“When the James Webb Space Telescope launches in 2021, it will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe.”

This initiative was led by Miss Constantine our Head of Physics, who was delighted with the high level of interest shown. “It was wonderful to share our scientific work and discoveries with parents and students from Years 2 to 13,” she commented.

“The range of interests and questions they had, led to some fascinating discussions about the moon, comets and infra-red astronomy.”

Date Posted: 26 November 2018
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