Spaceport reveals exciting new exhibition

Visitors will be able to access images from the world's largest robotic scope


By Kieron Allen

Credit: Liverpool John Moores University

Local school children were invited to the opening of The Observatory exhibit.

This month, The Observatory, a brand new, unique exhibit at Liverpool’s Spaceport opened to the public.

With a direct link to the Liverpool Telescope on the Canary Island of La Palma – the world's largest robotic telescope – The Observatory exhibit gives the public the opportunity to interact with computer generated images (CGI) created with data gathered on the island.

Using an interactive touch screen called a Personal Observation Deck (POD), visitors to the attraction will be able to join up stars to map out constellations, access particular stars and view objects in our Solar System like Mars and Jupiter.

"The Observatory allows visitors to explore a large CGI image of the night sky as seen by the Liverpool Telescope,” said Professor Mike Bode, Director of the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). “They (the public) can then observe and find out about thousands of astronomical objects - from planets and stars to nebulae and distant galaxies."

The images from The Observatory exhibit will also be made available to school children across the country through LJMU’s National Schools' Observatory (NSO) project.

You can book tickets to Spaceport by calling 0151 330 1444.

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