Observing

Our network of 18 telescopes at 7 excellent astronomical sites across the globe operate as a single, intelligent observatory.

LCO members can observe a variety of cosmic wonders, including exploding stars, asteroids passing close to the Earth, or watch for signs of planets crossing stars far outside our Solar System, phenomena which take place on timescales of minutes and even seconds, virtually as they happen. Observations are automatically scheduled and rescheduled on our network to find the best observing site and time for your unique request.

LCO is a unique and valuable resource, one which we encourage children (and learners of all ages) to use to discover the wonders of the Universe around us and incite a passion for learning. On this page you will find a range of tools to help you carry out observations and answer your questions about LCO and our robotic telescopes.