Radio Astronomy: The Invisible Universe

Turn your students into real Astronomers where they utilise a real, dedicated radio telescope to probe a region of deep-space in search of distant celestial object activity such as stars, supernova and supermassive blackholes.

Students will:

  • Learn more about stars, blackholes and other deep-space objects before selecting an object to survey with the telescope
  • Use a real radio telescope to discover stars, pulsars, supermassive blackholes, and other phenomena deep in our galaxy – and or even entire galaxies beyond ours
  • Learn more about the various ways of making astronomical discoveries
  • Appreciate the coordinate systems used by actual astronomers to track objects in space
  • Contribute to a real bank of scientific knowledge

This program would be an ideal practical exercise for the VCE Physics Unit 2 study ‘What Are Stars?’ but is designed to be accessible to all secondary levels.

Note that this is a Virtual Program where VSSEC provides materials & telescope access and the session(s) are organised and delivered by the school using their teaching staff. Bookings are for exclusive control of the telescope and not for an incursion/excursion.

Funded by the Victorian Government through their Challenge and Enrichment Series. Available to Victorian Government Schools only.

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Teacher Led, Blended Experience @ School: It’s not a site-visit, excursion, or incursion. We provide the digital access, the curriculum resources, and the support. You deliver the learning in the school in a way that meets your school’s needs.

Available for Victorian Government Schools only.

This program is free of charge.

Groups of all sizes at Year 7+ ability.


Bookings are 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm.
We recommend at least one session per class.

In this blended-model program, VSSEC provides your school with digital control access to our Telescope, a range of resources and a recommended curriculum plan. However, how you deliver this in the classroom setting is up to you and your school.

There are no event bookings for this program – rather, there is a resource booking requirement where you select a day that your school takes exclusive control of the telescope via a digital interface.

For more general information, Download the Information Brochure HERE.

Link to Australian Curriculum Radio Astronomy Australian Curriculum