Astronomy Against Terrorism: An Educational Astronomical Observatory Project in Peru

Ishitsuka, Mutsumi and Montes, Hernan and Kuroda, Takehiko and Mormoto, Masaki and Ishitsuka, Jose (2003) Astronomy Against Terrorism: An Educational Astronomical Observatory Project in Peru. In: IA U 8th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting ASP Conference Series. Astronomical Society of the Pacific, pp. 49-52.


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The Cosmos Coronagraphic Observatory was completely destroyed by terrorists in 1988. In 1995, in coordination with the Minister of Education of Peru, a project to construct a new Educational Astronomical Observatory has been executed. The main purpose of the observatory is to promote an interest in basic space sciences in young students from school to university levels, through basic astronomical studies and observations. The planned observatory will be able to lodge 25 visitors; furthermore an auditorium, a library and a computer room will be constructed to improve the interest of people in astronomy. Two 15-cm refractor telescopes, equipped with a CCD camera and a photometer, will be available for observations. Also a 6-m dome will house a 60-cm class reflector telescope, which will be donated soon, thanks to a fund collected and organized by the Nishi-Harima Astronomical Observatory in Japan. In addition a new modern planetarium donated by the Government of Japan will be installed in Lima, the capital of Peru. These installations will be widely open to serve the requirements of people interested in science.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2018 08:51
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26

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