Each year the 4th-year Astrophysics students go on an observing trip to the Observatoire de Haute-Provence in France, as part of their final year project. They spend five nights at the observatory, during which time they plan and take observations using two research-level telescopes. When they return home to Maynooth, the students then calibrate and analyse this data as part of their final year projects.
During the last few years the 2nd-year Astrophysics students have visited the Jodrell Bank Observatory in England and did radio astronomy observations. We are planning a new trip this year.
There are also occasional trips to the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in The Netherlands, to which students of all years can sign up.
Student Field Trips
European Space Research and Technology Centre 2013
Jodrell Bank 2012
Observatoire de Haute-Provence 2011
Jodrell Bank 2011
Observatoire de Haute-Provence 2010
Jodrell Bank 2010
Birr Castle and Ross telescope, 2010
Observatoire de Haute-Provence 2009
Jodrell Bank 2009
Observatoire de Haute-Provence 2008
Jodrell Bank 2008
Observatoire de Haute-Provence 2007
European Space Research and Technology Centre 2007
Jodrell Bank 2007
Jodrell Bank 2006
Observatoire de Haute-Provence 2005
European Space Research and Technology Centre 2004