The Bay School

Tuolumne Skies Observatory has entered into a collaboration with The Bay School of San Francisco, an independent high school located in the Presidio of San Francisco. Tuolumne Skies Observatory now allows junior and senior students who are taking the advanced astrophysics classes (for example, Cosmology and Stellar Evolution) to operate the observatory from their Project Center, through a high-speed data link.

Students also take multi-night field trips to run the observatory hands-on, where they image galaxies, comets, and other phenomena, and learn about the night sky and celestial mechanics. They learn the fundamental skills required to operate hardware and software in an observatory. The field trips are assisted by Bay School teachers, and occasionally by astrophysicists from U.C. Berkeley.

Bay School astronomy teachers and students have added to the technology at Tuolumne Skies Observatory, for a collaborative learning experience that emulates some of the activities that professional astronomers do day-to-day.

NGC 891 (Fall 2014 Bay School field trip)

NGC 891 (Fall 2014 Bay School field trip)

M88 (Fall 2014 Bay School field trip)

M88 (Fall 2014 Bay School field trip)

Horsehead Nebula (2/2013 Bay School field trip)

Horsehead Nebula (2/2013 Bay School field trip)

M17 - Swan Nebula (4/2015 Bay School field trip)

M17 - Swan Nebula (4/2015 Bay School field trip)

M27 - Dumbbell Nebula (4/2015 Bay School field trip)

M27 - Dumbbell Nebula (4/2015 Bay School field trip)

M51 (1/2015 Bay School field trip)

M51 (1/2015 Bay School field trip)

Observatory Control Room

Observatory Control Room

Changing eyepieces on the Observation Deck

Changing eyepieces on the Observation Deck

Control Room engineers

Control Room engineers

Testing telescope on the Observation Deck

Testing telescope on the Observation Deck

Galaxy imaging from the Control Room

Galaxy imaging from the Control Room

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