On the evening of 15th February Students studying physics at the University of Lincoln carried out their first observations of the night sky. This was the historical first practical astronomy session with the aim of expanding our practical element for you physics students. On the roof of the Isaac Newton Building students used a 8 inch (203mm) Schmidt-Cassegrain reflecting and 4.75inch (120mm) refracting telescope to view various interesting astronomical objects. Even in the centre of Lincoln we were able to clearly observe Orion’s nebula. A deep sky object which is a cloud of gas and dust illuminated by nearby young hot blue stars that have recently formed.
The plan is to loan out some of our telescopes to allow students to make their own observations in their own time.