Students divide into five
research teams to make recommendations on the location of a new observatory
for NASA Students will evaluate scientific and cultural data for
five potential sites; in Antarctica, Japan, Chile, and the United States,
and make presentations to a formal review panel. The research teams
Seeing Team: Observatories are located in places where the atmosphere
is very stable. Team members will create digital movies from "test
observations" to assess the quality of the seeing at various locations.
and Environmental Setting Team: Observatories are used by astronomers
from all over the world. Team members need to analyze the language,
culture, currency, geography, and history of the potential locations.
and Climate Team: Observatories need to be located where there
are hundreds of cloudless nights and predictable weather patterns.
Team members need to evaluate the quantity of clear nights and describe
the local climates.
Team: Observatories are used by astronomers from all over the
world. Team members need to critically analyze the accessibility
and costs of getting to these locations.
Design Team: Modern observatories are equipped with reflecting
telescopes. Team members will need to evaluate the benefits and costs
of these telescope designs: multiple mirror, single mirror, adaptive
optics, and recommend which to use.