There will be demonstrations, hands-on OpenSTEM Lab activities, laboratory tours, and lectures throughout the afternoon. You will have the opportunity to learn about how studying with the OU works, discuss the next steps in your studies, and experience the latest research driving our science curriculum.

Robotic and remotely-controlled telescopes

Robotic telescopes COAST and PIRATE
Credit: Alan Cayless (The Open University

Support the inauguration of our Robotic Telescopes

This year, the Open Day includes the launch of our new robotic and remotely-controlled telescopes, COAST and PIRATE, based on the island of Tenerife. As a student of astronomy and space sciences at the OU, you will be operating these incredible facilities as part of your studies.

Senior Lecturer at the School of Physical Sciences, Dr Ulrich Kolb, said:

“The marvels of the Universe have always sparked imagination, and our fascination with studying them has really pushed the boundaries of what we can achieve through technological innovation.

“Why shouldn’t students at The Open University be able to experience the same capabilities and technologies from the comfort of their home as researchers do from their workplaces? We are offering our students the opportunity to access these fantastic astronomical facilities at one of the best observing sites in the Northern Hemisphere.”

FREE tickets for all

If you are interested in FREE tickets to the inauguration on Thursday 6 July 2017 which is hosted at The Open University in Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, visit Eventbrite. The inauguration will also be livestreamed for those wanting to watch remotely.

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