Education & Public Outreach: A View from Research
Institutions and Observatories
Imagine a planetarium show in a small school facility or a
small science museum in which multi-wavelength data of the sky is projected, with real-time access to the latest observations. Or suppose a web surfer could fly through the Local Group chasing a notorious digital arch-rival. Consider the science fair projects students could create with access to astronomical data. These possibilities can be realized as astronomers make data and expertise available to the public. A data bank linked to ancillary resources could provide many such opportunities for education and public understanding of science programs, in addition to the benefit provided to the research community for which it is principally intended.