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Astronomical outreach activities of INTA: PARTNeR and RTRCAB. Luis Cuesta Juan A. Vaquerizo. Communicating Astronomy with the Public Cape Town, 19 March 2010. Centro de Astrobiología. What is CAB? A Spanish research centre Life as a result of the evolution of the Universe

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astronomical outreach activities of inta partner and rtrcab

Astronomical outreach activities of INTA:PARTNeR and RTRCAB

Luis Cuesta

Juan A. Vaquerizo

Communicating Astronomy with the Public

Cape Town, 19 March 2010

centro de astrobiolog a
Centro de Astrobiología

What is CAB?

  • A Spanish research centre
    • Life as a result of the evolution of the Universe
  • Associated to NASA Astrobiology Institute
  • Departments
    • Astrophysics
    • Molecular evolution
    • Planetology and Habitability
    • Instrumentation
    • Outreach
robotic telescopes
Robotic Telescopes
  • CAB

Campus INTA

Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid)

3º 28’, 40º 30’, 639 m

  • EVA1

Estación de Vigilancia Aérea 1

El Frasno (Zaragoza)

1º 30’, 41º 22’, 1.405 m

WHERE

  • CAHA

Observatorio de Calar Alto

Almería

2º 33’, 37º 13’, 2.146 m

robotic telescopes1
Robotic Telescopes
  • Reflector telescopes
    • 40-50 cm
    • f/10 (~0.5 º)
  • Classic Cassegrain configuration
    • Parabolic primary
    • Hyperbolic secondary

FEATURES

robotic telescopes3
Robotic Telescopes
  • Reflector telescopes
    • 40-50 cm
    • f/10 (~0.5 º)
  • Classic Cassegrain configuration
    • Parabolic primary
    • Hyperbolic secondary
  • Equatorial mount
    • Direct transmission
    • Friction

FEATURES

robotic telescopes5
Robotic Telescopes
  • Reflector telescopes
    • 40-50 cm
    • f/10 (~0.5 º)
  • Classic Cassegrain configuration
    • Parabolic primary
    • Hyperbolic secondary
  • Equatorial mount
    • Direct transmission
    • Friction
  • Dome
    • Form 0º to 90º
    • Motorized
    • Automatic

FEATURES

robotic telescopes7
Robotic Telescopes
  • CCD Finger Lakes
    • 4008 x 2672
      • 0.37 "/pix
      • 24' x 16'
    • 9 μm
    • Refrigerated
  • Filters
    • Johnson (UBVRI)
    • [OIII], Hα ,Hβ, …
    • Red, Green, Blue

FEATURES

robotic telescopes8
Robotic Telescopes
  • CCD Finger Lakes
    • 4008 x 2672
      • 0.37 "/pix
      • 24' x 16'
    • 9 μm
    • Refrigerated
  • Filters
    • Johnson (UBVRI)
    • [OIII], Hα ,Hβ, …
    • Red, Green, Blue
  • Presence
    • Interactive
  • Remote
    • Interactive (from the distance)
  • Robotic
    • Programmed

FEATURES

robotic telescopes9
Robotic Telescopes
  • Scientific Activity
    • Astrobiology
      • Exoplanets
        • Search
        • Characterization
      • Solar type stars
      • Comets and NEOs
    • Other lines
      • Variable stars
      • Opportunity objects
      • Galactic surveys (PN, HII, SNR)
  • Advantages
    • Observations without operator
    • Huge amount of data
    • Automatic data reduction and analysis
    • Photometry and astrometry

OBJECTIVES

exoplanets
Exoplanets

2,5 hours

DETECTION METHODS

  • Transits
    • Photometry
      • (0.01-1%)=>mmag
    • Repeatability
    • > 60 planets

SEARCH

  • HD 209458 b (1999)
    • 47 pc
    • 0.69 MJ
    • 1.32 RJ
    • 0.045 UA
    • 3.5 d
    • 86.7 º
exoplanets1
Exoplanets
  • Use of Robotic Telescopes
  • Data about the planet
    • A lot of observation time
    • Light curves => increase s/σ
      • Mass, size and distances
        • Begin and end
      • Orbital cycles
        • Max and min

CHARACTERIZATION

exoplanets2
Exoplanets

RESULTS

TrES3

outreach
Outreach
  • Open telescopes to the public
  • Educational programs
  • Collaborations
    • International

WHAT TO DO?

outreach1
Outreach
  • Guided visits to CAB
    • Laboratories
    • TR
  • Fairs
    • Science Week

VISITS

outreach2
Outreach
  • Sessions of astronomical observation at CAB
    • Dome access
    • Explanation talk
    • Remote observation
      • Auditorium
    • Objects
      • Moon, planets, comets
      • Nebulae, galaxies

VISITS

outreach3
Outreach
  • Sessions of astronomical observation outside CAB
    • Explanation talk
    • Remote observation
      • Internet connection to TR
    • Objects
      • Moon, planets, comets
      • Nebulae, galaxies
    • Science Week at MNCN
      • More than 300 people

VISITS

whole educational projects
Whole educational projects
  • A new laboratory: The telescope
    • Preparation of the observations
    • Time application
    • Results analysis
    • Final report
      • Main astrophysics
        • Exoplanets
    • Remote observation
    • International collaborations 
      • Observations on local time
    • Support to teacher and students

TELESCOPES TO THE CLASSROOM

outreach4
Outreach
  • Diffusion of activities
    • Press releases
    • AstronomíA
    • PARTNeRama
    • Web page
      • Weather station
      • Telescope status
      • Collaborations
      • Time schedules
      • Projects
      • Teachers and students questions

AND MORE…

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Luis Cuesta (cuestacl@inta.es)

Juan Ángel Vaquerizo (jvaquerizog@cab.inta-csic.es)

Centro de Astrobiología

INTA

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Luis Cuesta (cuestacl@inta.es)

Juan Ángel Vaquerizo (jvaquerizog@cab.inta-csic.es)

Centro de Astrobiología

INTA

slide29
Luis Cuesta (cuestacl@inta.es)

Juan Ángel Vaquerizo (jvaquerizog@cab.inta-csic.es)

Centro de Astrobiología

INTA

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Luis Cuesta (cuestacl@inta.es)

Juan Ángel Vaquerizo (jvaquerizog@cab.inta-csic.es)

Centro de Astrobiología

INTA

resultados
Resultados

Galaxia NGC 253

resultados1
Resultados

Galaxia M 51

resultados2
Resultados

Nebulosa M 27

ciencia
Ciencia

WASP1

RESULTADOS

resultados3
Resultados

TrES 5 (R – 80 s)