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Undergraduate Research Through Radio Astronomy

Preethi Pratap, MIT Haystack Observatory
Session number: 5

Research and teaching in astronomy has long since involved the use of cutting-edge technology. A current example of teaching astronomy research to undergraduate students using Internet technology and radio astronomy will be presented. The Haystack Observatory program involves the development of a small radio telescope that will be sold to colleges and universities to teach the fundamentals of radio astronomy. Research experiments can be performed using this telescope. Students can also use the 37-m diameter radio telescope remotely to perform research experiments that can lead to new discoveries. The program makes use of the WWW in disseminating the information about the telescopes and radio astronomy to students and faculty. This program could not have been possible without the developments of the last decade in Internet technology.


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