AGE: Rising 8th graders and older
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 14 STUDENTS
The Astronomy program introduces students to a variety of experiences in observational astronomy, using the Hotchkiss Observatory and its computer-controlled 20-inch reflecting telescope with CCD camera to capture images for science and beauty. Students learn image processing techniques for turning images into useful scientific data and work on projects such as variable star observing, sunspot tracking, and solar system object monitoring. They also learn about the physics of light and how astronomers manipulate and study that light to learn about the universe. Finally, each student modifies and takes home a 5-inch reflecting telescope. Applicants range from novices with a passion for learning more about the night sky to experienced amateur astronomers interested in learning scientific techniques.