The ALP Observatory was re-opened by our great friend Br Guy Consolmagno SJ (Keeper of the Vatican’s meteorites) in 2009.ALP Observatory
Now, under the skilful and enthusiastic guidance of Dr Igor Zharkov, the Observatory has become an integral part of the life of an Ardingly student.
Weather permitting, it is used twice weekly and is producing astronomers thirsty for knowledge.
We are sending students to the Mullard Space Laboratory where much good work has been undertaken. We have set our sights on publishing three papers within 12 months. It is truly amazing that Ardingly students have these opportunities to use results from the major telescopes of the world, including the Hubble and the VLT (Chile).
Ardingly has been very successful in the National Cassini Huygens’s competition, winning both the under-16 category for the past three years and the under-18 category for two years.
We are also very fortunate to visit our friend Br Guy at the Vatican Observatory at Castel Gandolfo (The Pope’s Summer Palace) near Rome. A party of students have already had the incredible opportunity to visit it.