The Dr. Ralph Medjuck Telescope.

Twitter Praise

By Suzanne Robicheau | fall 2016

Heralded as the world’s first Twitter-controlled telescope, the Dr. Ralph Medjuck Telescope in Saint Mary’s Burke-Gaffney Observatory made the cut when Twitter celebrated its 10th birthday by highlighting the top ten unique uses of the social media platform for 2016. 

Many observatories use Twitter as a way to reach out
to the public, but it’s generally humans on a keyboard who respond to questions and send pictures. By equipping the Burke-Gaffney Observatory with a twitter-controlled application, Saint Mary’s makes it possible for amateur astronomers and professionals from around the world to use the University’s website to request astronomical photos. Using the Twitter handle @smubgobs, the Dr. Ralph Medjuck Telescope Weather takes space-image requests from Twitter users, tweets back a confirmation, and captures the requested images on the next clear night.

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