Observe With Me !
Phoenix, the first live astronomy program in Iran and middle east, brings the opportunity to use a remotely controlled telescope and charge-coupled device (CCD) camera in a real-time, hands-on, interactive environment to students around the world. Phoenix enables students to increase their knowledge of astronomy; improves their computer literacy; and strengthens their critical thinking skills. Phoenix is a program under management of Hedayatgaran Research Center (HRC) and sponsored by the Falah high school and Shirin Nam trading company.
The Phoenix program currently utilizes a 8-inch Newtonian reflecting telescope located at the K1 Observatory, about 20 Kilometers out of the Isfahan. The telescope has been used by students, researchers, centers and universities to observe Sun, Moon, comets, galaxies, nebulae, variable stars and other ambitious projects and experiments. Now through Phoenix, university students have researched and recorded data of surface of the Sun . Researchers of HRC are designing equipments for online solar radio observation which develop the phoenix usages (Astronotice). By this project, the Sun observers, around the world, can receive data, time to time.
The telescope and CCD camera located at the K1 Observatory can be operated remotely by educators and students from the convenience of computers in their classrooms or home via modem and special astronomy software. Images can be downloaded to a remote user of the telescope in few minutes (the time depends upon the speed of the user's modem). These images can be stored in the user's computer for later image processing and study. Use of the Phoenix system is without charge except for the purchase of "The Sky" controls the telescope. The software also serves as planetarium.
Educators and students can reserve observation time on the K1 telescope for any day of the week. Observation sessions can last from one hour to an entire day.
Phoenix works in 4 methods:
Phoenix project has been successful for past years. During that time:
- December 2005, Phoenix was confirmed by Rahnema international IT Company (RDC). Amin Beytollahi, RDC vice president, wrote the confirmation for Phoenix program when RDC technicians and engineers investigated the technical details and worked with Phoenix successfully.
- December 2005, Phoenix accepted in Kharazmi international festival, 2005.
- November 2005, Phoenix program was introduced as one of the best scientific ideas by Yazd Science and Technology Town (YSTT). YSTT is a governmental center under management of Iran ministry of sciences, research and technology. According to this certificate, the phoenix idea has been registered for Hedayatgaran Research center (HRC). Best ideas festival is a national program in Iran to discover and introduce the best and remarkable ideas in scientific and technologic areas.
- August 2005, International Meteor Organization (IMO) introduced Radio Phoenix(1) in its world projects links (More details).
- August 2005, Phoenix was introduced to Isfahan astronomy society at Isfahan astronomy club. More than 100 students and amateur astronomers had been attended in this program. M. Akoochekian, introduced the project to them completely.
- June 2004, Phoenix live webcast attracted about 80000 visitors for transit of Venus. tens of international website introduced this webcast to their visitors. Following www are some of them:
- May 2003, Transit of Mercury which broadcasted by Phoenix, introduced by SpaceWeather and Science@NASA websites, as the only website in Iran and one of 13 websites in the world, to visitors wanted to see the transit as live. About 5000 visitors observed transit by Phoenix eyes.
- February 2003, Phoenix was invited to Isfahan astronomy gathering at the Iran Akhtarvash Society (IAS) and received honor prize of gathering.
- Phoenix is the first live astronomy program in Iran and middle east.
Phoenix Program / Hedayatgaran Research Center