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Astronomical events and their impact on knowledge transfer in optics and photonics
Author(s): Dan Curticapean; Oliver Vauderwange; Benjamin Heitz

Paper Abstract

We present our twenty years of experience in the live broadcasting of astronomical events, with the main focus on total lunar eclipses. Our efforts were motivated by the great impact and high number of viewers of these events. Visitors from over a hundred countries watched our live broadcasts. Our viewer record was set on July 27, 2018, with the live transmission of the total lunar eclipse from the Feldberg, the highest mountain in the Black Forest, attracting nearly half a million viewers in five hours.

An especially challenging activity was the live observing of the Mercury transit on 9 May 2016, which we presented as ‘live astronomy’ with hands-on telescope. The main goal of this event was to awake our students enthusiasm for optics and astronomy.

Furthermore, we report on our experiences with the photography of optical phenomena such as polar lights and green flash.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 July 2019
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 11143, Fifteenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2019, 111431O (2 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2522847
Show Author Affiliations
Dan Curticapean, Offenburg Univ. (Germany)
Oliver Vauderwange, Offenburg Univ. (Germany)
Benjamin Heitz, Offenburg Univ. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11143:
Fifteenth Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2019
Anne-Sophie Poulin-Girard; Joseph A. Shaw, Editor(s)

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