Blog - Monthly Updates

What’s Going on with the RASC Robotic Telescope?

Our Robotic Telescope Project consists of three teams: Astrophotography, Science, and Outreach. More about these teams can be found in the tabs to the left.  Each month, we will update you on the current work being done in the above projects. These updates will be posted here as well as sent out in the RASC Monthly Bulletin. 

If you ever have any questions about the telescope program, please contact telescope@rasc.ca  


This Month's Featured Photo:

M42 (Orion Nebula) in LRGB

Processed by John Abbott College Student, Fall 2020

Credit: JACAstro (Contact Karim Jaffer for more info)

Data from: RASC Robotic Telescope


January 2022: Outreach Update

Since September, several classes have participated in our basic and advanced RASC Robotic Telescope for Classrooms programs. We have imaged SIX exoplanet transits. Including three TESS Objects of Interest (TOI), suspected but not confirmed exoplanets. TOI data taken by our robotic telescope and analyzed by participating high school students can be uploaded to the Exoplanet Follow-up Observing Program for TESS (ExoFOP-TESS) to help confirm the existence of these potential exoplanets. 

Our advanced classes also participated in imaging and processing several deep-sky objects, including the Cigar Galaxy, the Orion Nebula, and the Fetus Nebula. Check out an image processed by students at John Abbott College below. 

Not only do the students get to choose which exoplanets and deep-sky objects to image, but they get to watch us program the telescope in real-time. We also spend some time before the start of our imaging runs touring the night sky and taking single frame exposures of deep-sky objects (and sometimes dimmer planets and their moons such as Uranus). Students get the chance to ask questions and learn more about observational astronomy. These “virtual-field” trips to watch the telescope inaction continue to be a favourite part of the Robotic Telescope for Classrooms Program for both students and teachers. 

Are you interested in learning more about our Robotic Telescope for Classrooms program? Visit eduscope.rasc.ca.

Credit: JACAstro (Contact Karim Jaffer for more info)  Data from: RASC Robotic Telescope