Contact: Dr. Abebe Kebede
336-285 2113 or email

  Dr. Kevin Ivarsen

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

  September 15, 2008

Marteena Hall, Room 310  Time- 4:00 PM

PROMPT and the Skynet Telescope Network

At UNC Chapel Hill we operate a worldwide network of robotic telescopes called Skynet. In January 2006 we launched Skynet with the six PROMPT telescopes, which were built by UNC and are located in Chile. Since that time we have been working to expand Skynet to other telescopes around the world. When a group connects their telescope to Skynet, they trade idle time on their system for access to all other telescopes on the network. Skynet and PROMPT are also used by UNC to perform rapid response observations of Gamma Ray Burst events. In this talk I will cover the grand vision of Skynet as well as the features and advantages offered by the system. I will also give a live demonstration of how PROMPT and Skynet work.

Level: High School and Above
Courses related to the subject: Astronomy,  Astrophysics, Optics, Space Science
Target Audience:  K12,  amateur astronomer, Informal Educator
Tools: telescope, robotic telescope, SkyNet,  Aggieland Robotic Observatory

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