For those of you who haven’t heard about Kickstarter yet, it’s an innovative crowdfunding platform with a mission to help creative projects come to life. The idea is quite simple — each project has a deadline and a minimum sum required to kickoff; then people from all around the world can backup the project by a chosen sum of money, which is often rewarded symbolically by various awards and special offers related to the project. Naturally, there is quite a few science related projects that can be found on the Kickstarter website. One of the projects that recently caught my attention, is by Colin Robson and his colleagues.
An Observatory for Everyone is a project dedicated to simple people with a passion for astronomy. As you might now, all around the globe astronomers are scanning the skies with huge and powerful professional telescopes. These telescopes do their jobs perfectly, unfortunately, they are unavailable to the general public and amateur astronomers. The idea of this Kickstarter project is to build an observatory that would be accessible to the general public.
Ok, so you might be asking, if you backup this project, what’s in there for you? Here’s the answer:
- Scientific data available to the public. The telescope will gather raw data that will be available to amateur astronomers, or anyone interested.
- Life streams using Google Hangouts will be available online.
- Overnight viewing sessions for the public and students.
- Loads of pretty pictures.
- Biggest backers will be able to decide up on a name for the observatory.
Now for those interested in the technical side of the project, visit this page to find out more about the telescope, the observatory, the camera and the filters. All the other information that might interest you can also be found on the Kickstarter page. And if you think this is a good idea, don’t forget to back this project.