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5th of September 2017
PULSE@Parkes in South Africa
Through the PULSE@Parkes program, high school students take control of the Parkes radio telescope to observe pulsars under the guidance of professional astronomers. Students may discover a new pulsar, identify unusual ones or detect sudden glitches in their rotation. The data collected is added to a growing database of results and is used by astronomers for ongoing research.

George Hobbs and Robert Hollow recently spent a week in Cape Town running a series of PULSE@Parkes observing sessions and pulsar science workshops, and visiting the SKA South Africa offices. At the Cape Town Science Centre where they ran a PULSE@Parkes session for 26 Year 10 students from Manzomthombo High School. After this the Science Centre staff had an opportunity to observe pulsars with Parkes, then George answered their astronomy questions.

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