Students participate in Astrometry Field Research Seminar
This summer was the first Astrometry Field Research Seminar. Astrometry is the scientific process of measuring celestial bodies and 8 talented Paso Robles High School students got to become published researchers! The PRHS students selected a binary and requested time on a remote-controlled 0.4-meter telescope in Tenerife, Spain. The images obtained were then analyzed and the precise location of the stars were calculated. Our students then reported their findings as a formal paper which was submitted for publication in the Journal of Double Star Observations.
The team then traveled down to Mt Wilson Observatory (in the San Gabriel Mountains) for a truly remarkable experience. On the mountain, they were treated to guest speakers on topics ranging from astrophysics, interferometry, and geology. They watched sunsets from the 150 foot solar telescope and stayed in the historic “monastery” for 2 nights. The highlight of the trip was an evening on the 100-inch telescope. Astrometry Field Studies Seminar is one of many great opportunities our students have at PRHS!