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GCSE Astronomy

It is now possible to use the Liverpool Telescope for the internal assessed coursework (Unit 2) of the GCSE Astronomy course. The National Schools' Observatory has been in close consultation with Edexcel to ensure that the projects we develop for this section of the website can be used in a way that is suitable for the GCSE Astronomy Unit 2 tasks.

The use of robotic telescopes is both acceptable and encouraged by Edexcel.  An increasing amount of professional astronomy is now carried out using robotic telescopes that do not have an observer or operator at the actual telescope site. This change in the GCSE Astronomy reflects the change in the professional world of astronomy.

Before starting the GCSE activities, you may want to download or investigate the following resources:

Teacher Notes : MS Word Format or PDF Format

Student Helpsheet: MS Word Format or PDF Format

External Reference:
Edxcel GCSE Astronomy Web Pages

Once you have read the above guidance, you can investigate the following GCSE practical tasks:

B1 - Lunar Features

B11 - Drawings of Messier/NGC Objects


Please note that over the weekend of the 26-28th May 2017 we will be switching over to our brand new website - during this time there may be periods where the site is difficult to access, and users will be unable to request observations from the telescope. Please bear with us during this time. All should be back up and running by the 29th May 2017.