CESAR: telescopes for education


The space available to students. Everything is ready for European students and university students to become astronomers.

Through the project CESAR (acronym in English for Cooperation through Education in Science and Space Astronomy) can now control the five telescopes dedicated to pedagogical purposes.

Last Monday, January 19 , the three institutions involved in the project have signed the agreement on CESAR in the Space Astronomy Center of ESA (ESAC) in Villanueva de la Cañada (Madrid). The three entities, ESA , INTA e ISDEFE , were represented respectively by Alvaro Giménez, Director of Science and Robotics Exploration of ESA, Ignacio Azqueta Ortiz, General Director of INTA and Francisco Quereda Rubio, CEO of ISDEFE.

CESAR has five telescopes at three observatories: a 15 m radio telescope (VIL1) and two solar telescopes, at ESAC, a 30 cm optical telescope, at the NASA station in Robledo de Chavela (Madrid), and a 50 cm optical telescope, at the deep space station of ESA in Cebreros (Ávila).

The VIL1 antenna of 15 m and the optical telescope of 50 cm they have been contributed to the project by INTA. The Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA) operates the 50 cm optical telescope.

All the instruments that are part of CESAR work in a robotic way to operate autonomously with the planned observation. This allows users to interact remotely with them from the classroom or from the Internet thanks to the applications developed by the scientists and engineers of the project. ESAC is the control center of the CESAR network from which all the instruments are controlled.

In addition, CESAR will have a number of educational programs that can be carried out with the telescopes of the project and that They cover a wide range of areas of Astronomy, from the identification of exoplanets and the detection of extragalactic supernovas to radio astronomy through the study of the Sun.


Scientific Culture Unit of the CAB: Luis Cuesta < / p>


Fuente: UCC-CAB

Fecha: 2015-01-19


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