If most high school students ever get to see the Horsehead Nebula, it's by looking at a book, or a slide in science class.

But thanks to a telescope network spearheaded in part by a Pennsylvania youth, students from across the country now can view this nebula and countless other celestial formations from any internet-connected computer.

Schuylkill Valley High School sophomore Ryan Hannahoe punches coordinates on a keyboard, and waits a few moments for a telescope under crystal-clear New Mexico skies to swing toward the dramatic dust cloud


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