View ICRAR’s key Outreach and Education Audiences and Activities
Astrofest galvanises the astronomical community, bringing science communicators and educators together to deliver an event that showcases science happening in WA while connecting the public with our own awe-inspiring night sky.
One of the biggest problems in radio astronomy is finding the computing power needed to process the massive amounts of data collected by telescopes. Enter theSkyNet — a citizen science project that aims to raise the public profile of science and radio astronomy while simultaneously creating a research grade data processing resource for scientists.
Professional astronomers and astrophysicists aren’t the only people who can make worthwhile scientific discoveries thanks to SPIRIT, a web-enabled robotic telescope initiative accessible to educators, students and researchers in Western Australia and beyond. The SPIRIT initiative provides a full life-cycle of resources and activities for the next generation of astronomers, allowing them to access the same tools used by professional astronomers and discover the universe for themselves.
School Incursions and Excursions
ICRAR Outreach staff and astronomers have visited schools all around the Perth metropolitan area and all over Western Australia. We give presentations on a wide range of topics from general astronomy to the Square Kilometre Array project. We also bring optical telescopes with special solar filters so that students can safely look at the sun, or our Tiny Radio Telescope (TRT) so students can get hands on with radio astronomy.
Astro Photo Art
ICRAR's recently developed 'AstroPhotoArt' program works with smaller groups of students for an intensive period, teaching students the basics of Astrophotography. It's operated in conjunction with Rick Tonello at Astronomy Education Services.
Sometimes the best science experiences happen when people least expect it. ICRAR’s guerrilla astronomy is about setting up telescopes in unusual places and inviting people to observe the West Australian night sky as an unexpected break in their evening.
Astronaut and Nobel Laureate visits
ICRAR outreach were involved in organising events hosting Astronauts Dr Buzz Aldrin and Dr Andy Thomas, and Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt.
Astronomy in the Outback
With its vast outback and sparsely populated regional areas, Western Australia is a perfect place for the science of radio astronomy. But while these qualities are strengths for this type of research, they create significant challenges for ICRAR’s outreach and education team.
Ilgarijiri Art Exhibition
In 2009, Australian Indigenous artists from Yamaji Art in Geraldton and astrophysicists from ICRAR came together to explore different understandings of the night sky and the Universe.