Modern facilities in astronomy education

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Astronomical education in Armenia enters a new stage of organization and development. Though the economic difficulties restricted the former interest in astronomy for a decade or so, the present young generation gradually finds more and more attraction in space sciences. Knowledge of computers and Internet is their typical difference from the previous students. Thus, astronomy education requires heavy use of computer facilities and Internet, as it is in case of modern astronomical research. The students need as powerful computers, so as computing methods, Internet (including Grid technologies), usage of large astronomical databases, virtual observatories (VOs), etc. The Armenian astronomy has a unique database of the famous Markarian survey (Digitized First Byurakan Survey, DFBS), as well as the newly created Armenian Virtual Observatory (ArVO). Since 2005, we have introduced a new (for the first time in the world!) subject for the Yerevan State University graduate students called "Astronomical surveys, databases and virtual observatories", which is connected directly with the modern understanding and treatment of large multi-wavelength data volumes. The new requirements suggest also training of new kind of (so-called) astronomy-computing specialists, who could heavily push the modern research and make it much more efficient.

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