AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 36 Uses of Modern Technology in Introductory Astronomy Education
Special Session, Monday, January 10, 2005, 10:00-11:30am, Sunrise

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[36.05] Virtual Educational Observatories: Project CLEA in the 21st Century

L. A. Marschall, G.A. Snyder (Gettysburg College)

Computerized simulations of astronomical instrumentation along with user-friendly analysis tools provide a versatile and effective way to introduce students to the methodology of astronomy. Recent efforts by Project CLEA (Contemporary Laboratory Experiences in Astronomy) have produced a new modular exercise on solar rotation, with exercises on transits of mercury and venus and on x-ray astronomy in the works. We focus on an ongoing effort, currently in an advanced beta version, to produce a “virtual educational observatory”, VIREO, which departs from the modular approach. VIREO is a simulated multi-wavelength observatory including optical, radio, infrared, and x-ray instrumentation and a very large-all-sky database. The VIREO software provides an environment under which a wide variety of astronomical exercises can be carried out, from observations of asteroids, to searches for high-redshift quasars using a multi-slit spectrograph. This research was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Gettysburg College.

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