A new internet telescope to be launched by State Education Minister Dr Elizabeth Constable at The University of Western Australia this Friday will give high school students the opportunity to discover new planets and exploding stars in distant galaxies.
SPIRIT (SPICE-Physics-ICRAR Remote Internet Telescope) is a research-grade instrument that is accessible to schools across WA, regardless of a rural or remote location.
The SPIRIT initiative has been developed by the secondary teachers' enrichment program, SPICE, and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), with support from the School of Physics at UWA.
Editors note: Projects by students from Mt Barker Community College, Mt Lawley SHS and Shenton College will be on display at the launch and students will be available for interview.
Video footage of the telescope at work and associated still images will be made available to media on the day. For access prior, please contact Pete Wheeler.
WHAT: Launch of SPIRIT remote access telescope
WHEN: Friday, 24 September 2010, 10.30 am
WHERE: The Centre for Learning Technology at UWA
Nearest car park P18
Please contact Public Affairs to arrange a parking permit.