This project is not just about the end result and the science we can eventually do but also about how we get there. Over the next year the outreach team will be working with each of our groups to present the run-up campaign taking a look behind-the-scenes of design, logistics and science of Exeter Radio Telescope Station.
We’ve been sat on this for a little while now, so we’re excited to finally be able to share it. Earlier this year I was contacted by the editor of the Royal Astronomical Society magasinze, Astronomy and Geophysics, about writing a feature on radio astronomy and the XRT-C project. Additionally, we wanted to work in…READ MORE
After months of tweaking edits, the video detailing Build Day 8 is now live and available to watch. This was a pivotal day, as it’s the day that the dish was finally mounted to the telescope. If you’d like to read more about the build day you can find a post about it here.
We recently took delivery of the telescope PC. The end result is for this PC to be housed in the telescope control room but for the time being it will be set up at the University of Exeter for installation and testing. This is a relatively simple machine as the Spectracyber and dish positioning software…READ MORE
Astronomy madness swept the nation last Thursday due to the last solar eclipse visible from the UK until 2026. Our previous head of Outreach and PR, Hannah Wakeford, hosted a special episode of the Science Hour on Xpression FM and organised an amazing viewing event to celebrate the occasion. We couldn’t resist going along. For anyone…READ MORE
We are pleased to announce that two of our project members have been elected onto the UKSEDS committee at the society AGM on 1st March. Hannah Osborne will be taking on the role of Outreach Officer, while Elisabeth Matthews will be the Public Relations Officer. …READ MORE
This weekend, delegates from the XRT-C team went to the UKSEDS National Student Space Conference. This is an annual meeting of students from astronomy and space societies across the country, featuring various astrophysics big names, and this year even an engineering model of the Mars Rover! The weekend started at 5:30am, with the seven sleepy…READ MORE
Last year was a great year for the XRT-C project. We finally found a home for our telescope, secured enough funding to keep the project running and got some of the components bought and ordered in preparation for construction later this year. While attending outreach events, there’s been nothing we enjoy more than interacting with…READ MORE
On Saturday the 22nd of November XRT-C took part in the IOP Physics festival here at Exeter University. Various members from our Outreach, Press and Publicity and Science teams were at our stall raising awareness for our project. Throughout the day we spoke to many interested members of the public about the project, also…READ MORE
On Saturday 18th October a few other XRT-C members and I went to Sidmouth to participate in a local science fair. While talking to interested people about our project, we decorated biscuits with icing to look like various galaxies. We wanted to raise awareness of our project and needless to say, the pretty pictures and…READ MORE
The XRT-Station project has taken some important steps forward over the last few weeks. The Team leadership have been taking this recent progress as a chance step back and review the progress of the project. Back in November last year we composed a plan for the project. By May we were hoping to have secured…READ MORE
On April 21st the XRT-S team joined Caradon observatory for their Open Day event. We met lots of people from the community and had the opportunity to talk about the project with a wide range of people. We also got to have a look around the observatory and do some observing of our own looking…READ MORE
Week 8 of The Science Hour on XpressionFM Hannah Wakeford and Gareth Jones are joined in the XpressionFM studio by Damian Rumble and Benjamin Drummond from the Exeter Radio Telescope Station (XRT-S) a student run project to design, build, and operate their own radio telescope. Damian is one of the projects leaders with Ben as…READ MORE