ASTRONOMY

Current, as well as past scientific research, has focused on stellar observational astrometry (binary stars) and photometry (light curves) with modest-aperture telescopes. Research by student teams has resulted in some 150 published papers with 500 coauthors. Developments in astronomy education are focused on refining of the Astronomy Research Seminar and strengthening its supporting community of practice. A National Science Foundation grant funded the expansion and evaluation of the Seminar. Current engineering developments are focused on the design and refinement of both ground- and space-based (CubeSat) robotic telescopes and their supporting instruments and software. The development of robotic telescopes started in 1979 at the Fairborn Observatory, the predecessor of the Fairborn Institute. First fully automatic operation was achieved in 1983, and a series of conferences, books, and papers launched the spread of robotic and remote-access telescopes that transformed observational astronomy.

© 2018 by Russell M. Genet and The Fairborn Institute