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ICRAR PhD Candidate Mehmet Alpaslan explains the Tiny Radio Telescope (TRT) to students during an incursion to Christ Church Grammar School.

ICRAR PhD Candidate Mehmet Alpaslan explains the Tiny Radio Telescope (TRT) to students during an incursion to Christ Church Grammar School.

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.

School groups sometimes visit us at Curtin University or The University of Western Australia where we give them a taste of what it is like to be a professional astronomer through various activities. We demonstrate the use of optical and radio telescopes, show students how to weigh an entire galaxy and give them a hands-on experience working with real radio astronomy data to explore the Milky Way and nearby galaxies.