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New system of science communication based on the collaboration with a university and public astronomical observatories in a regional area. Masami OKYUDO Ne twork in W akayama, E ducation of A stronomy and R esearch, Wakayama University okyudo@center.wakayama-u.ac.jp.

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New system of science communication based on the collaboration with a university and public astronomical observatories in a regional area

Masami OKYUDO

Network in Wakayama, Education of Astronomy and Research,

Wakayama University

okyudo@center.wakayama-u.ac.jp

astronomical group in wakayama pref
Astronomical group in Wakayama Pref.
  • Public Astronomical Observatories and Planetariums
    • Misato Observatory
      • 105-cm telescope, 3 curators, since 1995
    • Kawabe Astronomical Park
      • 100-cm telescope, 11-m planetarium, 2 curators, since 1996
    • Oishi-Kogen Astronomical Observatory
      • 50-cm telescope, 1 curator (part-time), since 1992
    • Wakayama Science Museum
      • 12-m planetarium, 1 curator, since 1981
  • Wakayama University
    • Faculty of Education
      • 60cm telescope, 1 professor and 1 associate professor
    • Faculty of Engineering
      • 1 associate professor
    • Student Center for Independent Research in the Sciences
      • 1 professor
  • We held a workshop “WAKATEN” every month in the last 10 years.
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Misato 1-m

Oishi 0.5-m

Misato 8-m Radio

Kawabe 1-m

Wakayama-U 0.6-m

collaboration with misato obs and wakayama univ
Collaboration with Misato Obs. and Wakayama Univ.
  • Practice for curator course at Misato Obs.
    • After their practices, many students continued their studies at the observatory
    • 5 bachelor’s theses and 5 master’s theses in the past 5 years
  • Joint Research and Development
    • Remote telescope using the Internet
    • Observation of minor planets, comets, etc.
    • 8-m radio telescope for education
  • Fusion of the Art and Astronomy
    • Music and Astronomy
    • Poem “TANKA” and Astronomy
    • Conversation between the Buddhism and the Astronomy
appearance rate in newspapers
Appearance rate in newspapers

On Feb. 28, 2004

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present status of public astronomical observatories and universities in japan
Present status of public astronomical observatories and universities in Japan
  • Public Astronomical Observatory
    • Almost facilities established / managed only by “small” local governments (town or village), because they need the dark night sky.
    • Fiscal crisis of the local governments
    • Cut down their management costs and staff members
  • National universities
    • Fiscal crisis of the government
    • Corporatization, Privatization
    • Local universities attach importance to the collaboration with local governments, corporations and citizen in a regional area
  • Solution of the problem
    • The collaboration with observatories and universities
establishment of new system newear network in wakayama education of astronomy and research
Establishment of new system “NewEar” Network in Wakayama, Education of Astronomy and Research
  • Established at Center for Education and Research of Lifelong Learning, Wakayama University on Sept. 5, 2005
    • 3 curator of Misato obs. were adopted as guest associate professors of the university.
    • They can subscribe for many scientific research funds like the professor of the university
  • The board of education, Wakayama Prefecture will join to “NewEar” after 2007.
future 2007
Future (2007~)
  • Misato Observatory will be managed by 3 organizations, Misato town, Board of education, Wakayama Pref. and Wakayama University

Out reach / communication activities of Astronomy

Collaboration with the school / lifelong education

Board of education,

Wakayama Pref.

Training of science communicator

Misato obs

Wakayama University

Misato Town

R&D

Education of Univ. students

Tourism resource

Economic effect, Vitalization of a regional area