University of Hertfordshire Bayfordbury Observatory

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University of Hertfordshire Bayfordbury Observatory

University of Hertfordshire Bayfordbury Observatory

Bayfordbury Observatory

Situated approximately 6 miles (10 kilometres) from the main campus in Hatfield, Bayfordbury Observatory is one of the astronomical teaching observatories in the United Kingdom. The observatory has formed an integral part of the University of Hertfordshire’s astronomy-related degree programmes since it opened in 1970 and is used by students from the first week of their degree through to their final year, when it can also be used for their final year projects. The Bayfordbury observatory also houses a flight simulator, wind tunnels and a simulated intensive care unit, and is regarded as one of the best teaching observatories in the UK.

The seven optical telescopes at Bayfordbury campus allow students to observe detailed images of objects in space. They can be equipped with a variety of research-grade CCD cameras, high resolution spectrographs or high frame-rate video cameras. Moreover, the five newest telescopes are also able to be operated remotely, and students and staff can request observations via the internet and have images taken automatically when the weather allows. The 4.5-metre radio telescope and 3-dish 115-metre baseline interferometer allow a completely different view of the universe. These are connected to 21 cm line receivers, to detect the neutral hydrogen in the galaxy and extragalactic radio sources.

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