Latest webcam image of the Dish
Most recent pulsar observation from Cranebrook HS, St Brendan-Shaw College (31-Aug-21)
What is PULSE@Parkes?PULSE@Parkes is a project that provides high school students the opportunity to control the famous Parkes radio telescope. Students observe pulsars under the guidance of professional astronomers.
To the students
The data you obtain can be analysed to determine a number of properties of the pulsars, the post-supernova remnants of dead stars. Your results feed into a growing database used by professional astronomers. You may discover a new pulsar or help determine the distances to existing pulsars. You can help monitor them and identify unusual ones or detect sudden glitches in their rotation. Through participating in this project you will meet professional astronomers, learn how to control a state-of-the-art telescope, experience some real science and share your work with students from other schools.
The data you collect will also be used by the astronomers for ongoing research. Astronomers from the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) use the data to track the evolution of the pulsars over many years, to test Einstein's theory of gravity and hopefully find gravitational waves.
The PULSE@Parkes observations
New PULSE@Parkes Observing Sessions Now Open for ApplicationsWould you like your students to use the Parkes radio telescope?
PULSE@Parkes is a free program run by CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science for students in Years 10-12. Students use Murriyang, the iconic 64m Parkes radio telescope, to observe pulsars, analyse their data and meet with professional astronomers.
Sessions include two hours of telescope time, remote but live. These are interactive online sessions.
We currently have slots available from 15 March through September 2021. Details and how to apply are here.
Preference will be given to schools who register interest by 10 March 2021. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions we are not currently running sessions where students visit one of our sites. The good news is that all our sessions can be delivered remotely so that schools anywhere in Australia can apply for a free session.
For more information on the project, details on how to sign up and for more educational materials relating to PULSE@Parkes please select from the options below for information for
- how to apply
- Information for teachers
- professional astronomers
- the public and the press
- PULSE@Parkes publications
If you wish to learn more or would like to make sure that you are informed of project developments then please contact:
robert.hollow (at) csiro.au
(02) 9372 4247