Agnes Scott students have access to Canary Island telescope

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 12, 2015
A telescope on Canary Island of La Palma, Spain. Photo by D. López/IAC.

A telescope on Canary Island of La Palma, Spain. Photo by D. López/IAC.

A telescope on Canary Island of La Palma, Spain is back in commission, and Agnes Scott College students will have the opportunity to access it remotely.

“An agreement between the U.S.-based Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy consortium, or SARA, which includes Agnes Scott College and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), has rendered the 1-meter JKT active for the first time since 2003,” a press release from Agnes Scott says.

Students will be able to operate the equipment remotely via the internet. The telescope is located 7,861 feet above sea level on the island’s summit, the press release says. Due to the time differences between Decatur and Spain, students will be able to use the telescope between noon and midnight.

Dr. Christopher De Pree, director of the Bradley Observatory and Charles A. Dana Professor of Astronomy and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Agnes Scott said, “The new telescope in the Canary Islands will allow students to make remote observations during daytime here in Atlanta and expand our ability to integrate telescope observing with daytime classes.”

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