Event Title

A local Sidereal Time Clock to Facilitate Remote Observations

Mentor 1

David Kaplan

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

29-4-2016 1:30 PM

End Date

29-4-2016 3:30 PM

Description

Undergraduate students in ARCC at UWM often remotely operate two of the world’s largest radio telescopes: the Arecibo telescope and the Green Bank telescope. However, in order to plan and execute observations students require knowledge of the Local Sidereal Time at each observatory. This determines which astronomical targets will be visible at a given time. We describe the design, construction, and operation of an Observing Clock. This clock is based on the open-source Raspberry Pi system and is easily extendable and modifiable.

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Apr 29th, 1:30 PM Apr 29th, 3:30 PM

A local Sidereal Time Clock to Facilitate Remote Observations

Union Wisconsin Room

Undergraduate students in ARCC at UWM often remotely operate two of the world’s largest radio telescopes: the Arecibo telescope and the Green Bank telescope. However, in order to plan and execute observations students require knowledge of the Local Sidereal Time at each observatory. This determines which astronomical targets will be visible at a given time. We describe the design, construction, and operation of an Observing Clock. This clock is based on the open-source Raspberry Pi system and is easily extendable and modifiable.