Observing the stars at Tuorla Observatory

At the NordForsk sponsored Research Training Course at Tuorla Observatory, Turku University, Finland, 21 PhD students from 12 Nordic and Baltic countries are observing the stars. Around the clock activities combine daytime lectures with night-time observations, preparing the students for future collaboration within the field of astronomy.
With the excellent facilities at the Tuorla observatory, the participants in the course use the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) on La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, and a radio telescope at Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden. Combining visible and infrared light with radio waves allows them to peer deep into the universe.

The course gives the young scientists experience in a very active field of research and prepares them for a future when a vast array of front-line European telescopes at all wavelengths will be available for their research. Creating friendships and future collaborations are also important steps on the way to securing Nordic scientific returns from the future billion-Euro investments in European astronomy.

Over 60 students from all over the world applied for the course, showing a great interest in this area; - A very difficult choice, says NOT Director, Johannes Andersen. 12 nationalities are now represented in the group of students who attend lectures by leading Nordic and international experts on star formation in the Milky Way and other galaxies. Observing techniques for optical, near-infrared and radio astronomy are also part of the ongoing course.

Tuorla Observatory and summer school: http://www.astro.utu.fi/conf/nordforsk09/
Nordic Optical Telescope: http://www.not.iac.es/
Onsala Space Observatory: http://www.chalmers.se/rss/oso-en

Photos: Tuorla Ovservatory, Turku by Johannes Andersen.

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