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OU Physical Sciences researchers will host the inauguration of the OpenScience Observatories
The OpenScience Observatories are the astronomy element of the award-winning OpenSTEM Labs

This event took place on 6th July 2017 at 3:00pm (14:00 GMT)

This event will be taking place in the Library Atrium, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes.

For almost half a century, the OU has been developing the latest digital technology to enhance the learning experience of students. The inauguration of the new remotely-controlled and robotic telescopes, COAST and PIRATE will provide students with an interest in astronomy and space sciences the opportunity to operate professional telescopes as part of their studies, from their laptops, PCs, and smartphones.
The robotic telescopes, based at the Observatorio del Teide on the island of Tenerife, are part of a £5.4 million initiative to develop the Open STEM Labs. 50% funded by HEFCE, the OpenSTEM Labs offer an “Internet of Laboratory Things”, which is accessible to distance learning students at all hours.
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."

  • For time limited free demo access to use COAST and PIRATE, visit:

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The webcast was open to 300 users

(45 minutes)