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Global Telescope Network

Main Project Information
Goal Study gamma-rays & x-rays to complement high energy astrophysics
Task Observe and analyze gamma-rays and astronomical objects.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Using small telescopes around the world, Global Telescope Network members observe and analyze astronomical objects related to the NASA Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (formerly GLAST), Swift, and XMM-Newton missions.

These missions are designed to study astronomical objects through their emission of x-rays and gamma rays. But much can be learned by combining observations over a broad range in the electromagnetic spectrum. So, the Global Telescope Network has been assembled to make observations in the optical range to complement the observations by space-borne observatories.

Members can participate in a number of activities, including gamma-ray burst photometry analysis, surveillance data analysis, and galaxy monitoring, and by donating telescope time. The Global Telescope Network in turn provides involvement for students, teachers, and amateur astronomers in cutting-edge astronomical research. It also offers mentoring in research practices, telescope use, data analysis, and educational resources.

How to Join

There are two ways to join the Global Telescope Network. "Associates" analyze data taken with other people's telescopes. "Partners" use their own hardware to regularly observe astronomical targets. Partners may occasionally be able or willing to offer telescope time to other project participants.

Fill out this form to join as an Associate:

Fill out this form to join as a Partner:

Required Gear

Depending on the level of involvement, participants may need a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera, image analysis software, a computer, and a telescope.

Astronomical software package options can be found on the Global Telescope Network website at

Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Tags astronomy, NASA, telescope
Project Updated 05/23/2018