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Paper: Authentic Research Pathways with Robotic Telescopes: Observing Objects That Go Bump in the Night
Volume: 524, Advancing Astronomy for All (ASP 2018)
Page: 315
Authors: Spear, G.; Cominsky, L.; Peticolas, L.; Bartolone, L.; Dussault, M.; NASA's Universe of Learning Team
Abstract: As part of NASA's Universe of Learning, Sonoma State University and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory have been working together to develop tools and resources for a progression of authentic research projects observing variable objects. In particular, variable stars provide us with tools we can use to understand the age, distance and scale of the universe, as well as the life cycles of stars. Robotic telescope systems that are easily accessible over the internet make this research convenient and economically attainable for learners world-wide. The authentic research experiences being developed support novice observers in using the MicroObservatory (MO) Robotic Telescope Network to study several well-known eclipsing binaries, Cepheids, and Mira variables. Learners are then directed to the Global Telescope Network (GTN) to pursue deeper analyses of more complex systems, including active galactic nuclei and newly-discovered variable objects.
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