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Observatory Celebrates Satellite Receiver Designed By Students

observatory-studentsLast Monday, Mayor Bill Pinkham attended a celebration with members of the school district and the community to honor some talented kids at the Estes Park Observatory.

With the help of a troupe of mentor/volunteers, students Storm Wolf, Jeff Switzer and Cody Mikolitch built a satellite receiver sensitive enough to detect weak astronomical radio signals from hundreds of trillions of miles away.

Todd Burke, teacher at EPHS believes that only two other U.S. high schools have a radio telescope of this size. He is very confident that this is the very first radio telescope of its kind ever to have been built by high school students. Todd thanked not only the students but members of the community as well who stepped up to help in the construction of this project.

At the event, the Mayor and the students cut a ribbon, officially marking the start of the receiver’s operation. The receiver is now sending signals to the computer inside the EP Observatory.

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