Shared Skies

Click for a view of Australia's night sky from October 2015

A collaboration between the University of Louisville, and the University of Southern Queensland remotely and robotically operates a network of telescopes for research, teaching and informal education. In the northern hemisphere, we have telescopes at Moore Observatory in Kentucky and Mt. Lemmon in Arizona, and in the southern hemisphere at Mt. Kent in Queensland, Australia. The latitude difference of the sites provides full sky coverage, and the longitude difference enables long duration observations as well as observing in the daytime for students in the opposite hemisphere. The collaboration's joint effort is currently directed toward following up discoveries of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) with precision ground-based photometry and spectroscopy. The very dark sky at Mt. Kent Observatory in Australia offers the center of the Milky Way, the Magellanic Clouds, and transient events not visible from mid-latitudes in the northern hemisphere. Moore Observatory, in a forested nature preserve near Louisville, Kentucky, offers complementary remote services, live images of bright planets and the Moon, and the occasional northern comet and supernova to students in Queensland.

Shared Skies User Resources

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Last update: February 27, 2024
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