The Online Observatory project offers educational activities for schools and students of all ages.

The project is run by a consortium of astronomers from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Latvia and the UK, and is funded by an EU Erasmus+ grant.

Through OO, users can access a variety of educational classroom resources, free software, data archives and even make use of robotic and remotely controlled telescopes located around the world.

OO will help bring the universe into your classroom!

The Veil Nebula (NGC6992), the remains of massive star that exploded as a supernova, and created new chemistry, scattering it into the universe. It is ~1,500 light years away, in the constellation Cygnus. Image taken with FT North, operated by Las Cumbres Observatory.

Virtual tours

We give virtual tours of five European historical observatories. Whether you are planning to visit any of our observatories, or just curious to how they look –  enjoy! 

The first guided tours are still under development…


Meteorites throughout history

This activity looks at how meteorites have been used and studied throughout history. It is a comprehension activity, where students will read some text and then answer questions.

Simulating asteroid rotation

This activity allows you to create the “rotation lightcurve” of an object, matching the approach that astronomers use when trying to determine the rotation rate of an asteroid. The original version of this activity used a potato as the “asteroid”, so it is sometimes referred to as the “Rotato Experiment”!

Who are we?

We are a collaboration of five European observatories with key interests in making astronomy accessible for young students. Our project was started in 2018 and is funded by the European Union through an Erasmus+ grant.