RAS helps students aim for the stars at ESO Astronomy Camp
The Royal Astronomical Society has awarded bursaries to two UK sixth form students – Jade Askew and Sim Kumar – to attend the prestigious European Southern Observatory (ESO) Astronomy Camp.
Each year the camp brings together almost 60 students from across Europe to take part in five days of astronomy. The camp - organised by Sterrenlab in collaboration with ESO, the ESO Science Outreach Network and the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley — will this year take place from 26 December 2015 to 1 January 2016 in Saint-Barthelemy, Nus, Italy.
Exploring the theme of the Solar System and exoplanets, the camp will hold several astronomical sessions, including lectures, hands-on activities, and night-time observations with the telescopes and instruments at the observatory. Social activities, winter sports, and excursions will also help make the camp a memorable all round experience.
RAS President Professor Martin Barstow congratulated the UK winners: "It’s always a pleasure to be able to support the astronomers of tomorrow. I hope that Jade and Sim have a fantastic time and make the most of this incredible opportunity."
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