National Schools Observatory

Mission: Access to the Universe for All.

Liverpool John Moores University started the National Schools’ Observatory (NSO) with this mission: Access to the Universe for All.

We use the wonders of space to inspire the next generation of scientists, programmers and engineers.  We provide quality programmes designed to have a positive impact on teaching and learning in schools. We also deliver outstanding public engagement. 

That’s why we give free use of the world’s largest robotic telescope, the Liverpool Telescope (LT), to schools around the world. Unlike traditional telescopes, there is no need to stay up through the night. The LT collects observation requests, schedules them, and automatically returns them to your account when they’re done. Controlling a professional telescope is not straight forward, so the NSO was created to link schools with the telescope. Why not meet the NSO team?

The NSO is a website built around a Go Observing interface that allows teachers and students to request, download and analyse images of objects in space taken by the telescope.