Public outreach is an important aspect of the RoPACS project. Educational tools and classroom activities will be designed and developed by network researchers (ERs and ESRs). More products will become available as and when they are developed in the near-future.
Developed by Dr James Collett at the University of Hertfordshire, the Brunometer is a hand-held mechanical device that allows you to calculate the surface temperature on planets. By adjusting a variety of critical parameters that relate to the planet and the parent star, the Brunometer determines the effective surface temperature of the body at periastron and apastron. The Brunometer also simultaneously calculates the range of orbital distances that encompass the habitable zone - a region around a given star where we might find life as we know it. For more detailed information on this product, including the set of downloadable templates that are required to construct the device, click on the following link or the image to the right of this text.