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18th of November 2019
Pia visit to ASKAP
Students from the Pia Wadjarri Remote Community School recently made their annual visit to the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, stopping for a group photo in front of an antenna. Using handheld transistor radios the students observed RFI (radio frequency interference) from equipment inside the control building, then compared it with the lack of RFI outside. The following day the CASS team -- Chenoa, Jane and Rob -- spent the day at the school, following up the previous day’s RFI sleuthing by mapping out sources of RFI in the classroom and the school grounds. Chenoa and Jane talked about their pathways into astronomy and what their work entails. The day ended with the students launching rockets powered by water and alka seltzer tablets: a cooling demonstration of chemistry and rocketry in action.

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