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Teide telescopes allow students to take control remotely

6 June 2017

The Open University’s STEM Faculty is celebrating the inauguration of its remotely-controlled robotic telescopes, which will bring astronomy and space science to life for students wherever they are in the world.

The inauguration of the new remotely-controlled and robotic telescopes, COAST and PIRATE, will enable students to operate professional telescopes as part of their studies, from their laptops, PCs and smartphones.

The robotic telescopes, based at the Observatorio del Teide on the island of Tenerife, are part of a £5.4 million initiative to develop the OpenSTEM Labs. 50% funded by HEFCE, the OpenSTEM Labs offer an ‘Internet of Laboratory Things’, which is accessible to students studying online at all hours.

Dr Ulrich Kolb, Senior Lecturer at the Open University's School of Physical Sciences, comments: "The marvels of the universe have always sparked imagination, and our fascination with studying them has really pushed the boundaries of what we can achieve through technological innovation. Why shouldn’t students at The Open University be able to experience the same capabilities and technologies from the comfort of their home as researchers do from their workplaces? We are offering our students the opportunity to access these fantastic astronomical facilities at one of the best observing sites in the Northern Hemisphere."

If you’d like a free ticket to the inauguration on Thursday 6 July 2017, which is hosted at The Open University in Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, visit our Eventbrite webpage.

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