With an eye to the sky, the Strategic Air & Space Museum is partnering with the Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos (YCCC) program.
Through this program, the Museum provided their Sky's The Limit summer camp participants the opportunity to take raw images of the night sky and create spectacular colorful images of the cosmos using the same kind of software that astronomers use.
Student projects will be on display at the Strategic Air & Space Museum beginning November 5, 2012 through November 23, 2012.
The goal of the YCCC program is to use hands-on exercises to teach participants how to control the MicroObservatory robotic telescopes over the internet and take their own astronomy images of the universe. Images created will be used in astrophotography exhibitions featuring the students’ unique images, captions, poems and comparisons to images taken by NASA's space-based observatories.
YCCC promotes increased interest, awareness, and knowledge of astronomy content, understanding of technology and proficiency in real scientific research skills.
Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos is funded by the Smithsonian Institution's Youth Access Grants program awarded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access.
The project is led by the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, in partnership with Smithsonian Affiliations.