Welcome to the NSO

NGC 7635 observed by the Liverpool Telescope
Credit: NSO

Welcome to the National Schools' Observatory (NSO), established by Liverpool John Moores University in 2004, to allow schools to make their own observations alongside professional astronomers with the world's largest fully-robotic telescope - the Liverpool Telescope.

The NSO uses the sense of excitement and wonder created by astronomy, to aid the education of pupils of all ages in all aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The NSO also endeavours to improve computer literacy and communications skills, strengthen critical thinking and provide experience the real-world application of science and technology.

The most important feature of this website is the opportunity for schools to make their own observations, remotely, using a professional telescope. Schools across the UK and Ireland can do this for FREE by registering with the NSO (which takes 5 minutes) – and to date over 140,000 observations have been requested!

Once the observing request has been completed, pupils are able to download the data from the telescope and use special software (LTImage) to process and analyse the resulting images.


NGC 4501 observed by the Liverpool Telescope
Credit: NSO

The NSO also provides teachers with support, though our dedicated teacher website, and training opportunities, as well as a wealth of resources for projects and activities, GCSE astronomyresources and step-by-step observing guidance.

For more details on getting started what the NSO can do for you please explore our teacher pages or get in touch using help@schoolsobservatory.org.uk

We hope that you will find this resource useful in supporting your teaching of STEM and are dedicated to supporting teachers in any way we can.

Best wishes,

The NSO Team.