Outreach Events

The UK ALMA Regional Centre Node routinely participates in public outreach events in the Greater Manchester area.  Among other activities, the UK ARC Node has participated in the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2012, Manchester Science Spectacular, National Science and Engineering Week, and Jodrell Bank Live.  A complete list is available on our public outreach events list.

If you are interested in a visit from the UK ALMA Regional Centre Node, please contact us.

 

Software

The UK ALMA Regional Centre Node has developed a software GUI illustrating how interferometry works known as the Pynterferometer. The software allows users to rearrange, add and substract antennas in a simulated interferometeric telescope and see how this effects the image an interferometer will create of the sky. The user can also use a number of built-in sky images or even take a picutre of themselves to 'interferometer-ize'.

The Pynterferometer is written in the Python scripting language and works on Mac OSX, Windows (older versions) and Linux.

This software is available from http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/pynterferometer/ .

A paper based on this software, useful for teachers for getting the basics of interferometry is available from the European Journal of Physics.

 

Lab Activities

The UK ALMA Regional Centre Node has also designed a series of lab experiments that can be used to learn about ALMA, interferometry, and millimetre astronomy.  These activities are described in a series of lab scripts that can be used in secondary school.

  • Using Sound Waves to Measure Angles - In this lab experiment, students use two "spy microphones" like an interferometer to measure the position of a sound source relative to the two microphones.  Suitable for secondary school or undergraduate university students.
  • Measuring Doppler Shift Using Sound - In this lab experiment, students use a "spy microphone" to measure the change in frequency of a person running with a tone generator, which can then be used to measure the velocity of the person.  Suitable for secondary school or undergraduate university students.

 

Colouring Sheets

For younger children, we have created a series of colouring sheets based on photos of the telescope and astronomical images created by the telescope. You can click on the links below to download either JPG or PDF versions of the images.

 

ALMA (multiple antennas) colouring sheet

ALMA (multiple antennas)

JPG

PDF

Fomalhaut colouring sheet

Fomalhaut (star with dust ring)

JPG

PDF

 
 

HL Tau colouring sheet

HL Tau (protostar with gas and dust disc)

JPG

PDF

R Sculptoris colouring sheet

R Sculptoris (evolved star with shell of molecular gas)

JPG

PDF

 

SDP.81 colouring sheet

SDP.81 (gravitational lens)

JPG

PDF