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Las Cumbres Observatory Robotic Telescopes Provide Vital Data for Recent Astronomical Discoveries

Sandy Seale | 26 Jun 2020

During COVID-19 pandemic, LCO has continued to operate their global network of robotic telescopes where it is safe and allowed to do so



Kiosk - observing for beginners using LCO

Edward Gomez | 03 Feb 2020

As part of our ongoing commitment to inspiring people of all ages through the use of robotic telescopes, we are pleased to announce the launch of Kiosk, an entry-level observing portal



LCO Global Sky Partner WAISSYA 2019 is an Inspiring Success

Sandy Seale | 08 Dec 2019

West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers has great success with students in Nigeria

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LCO Welcomes 3rd Annual Cohort of Global Sky Partners

Edward Gomez | 02 Dec 2019

Global Sky Partners 2020 program welcomes new, exciting projects and the return of highly successful ones



Las Cumbres Observatory to help develop a Cyberinfrastructure Institute for Astronomical Data

Sandy Seale | 24 Oct 2019

Las Cumbres Observatory is one of nine organizations jointly awarded a $2.8 million grant by the National Science Foundation to further develop the concept for a Scalable Cyberinfrastructure Institute for Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (SCIMMA).



LCO Reaches a Major Milestone with Observations on the SOAR Telescope

Sandy Seale | 14 Aug 2019

Las Cumbres Observatory has just reached a major milestone, when the first night of observations directed by LCO were conducted on the 4.1m SOAR Telescope in Chile.



LCO Names Dr. Lisa Storrie-Lombardi New Director

Sandy Seale | 01 Aug 2019

Dr. Lisa Storrie-Lombardi takes the reins of Las Cumbres Observatory as President & Observatory Director on August 1, 2019

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LCO works with NASA and the International Space Station in Black Hole Discovery

Sandy Seale | 14 Jan 2019

Image: Artist’s conception of an accretion disk of material flowing around a supermassive black hole, launching a jet of energetic particles.  Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

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Archon controllers in Australia. And Happy Holidays!

Nikolaus Volgenau | 20 Dec 2018

On Monday, Archon controllers were installed into the Sinistro imagers at our Siding Spring site. These two instruments, now dubbed fa12 and fa11, are the last of the Sinistros to get the new controllers. They will be made available for science obser

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LCO Builds New Instrument to Study December Comet

Sandy Seale | 14 Dec 2018

Comet 46P/Wirtanen as viewed with the Faulkes Telescope North, Las Cumbres Observatory at Maui, Hawaii, on 9 December 2018. The green diffuse cloud is the comet’s coma – the green color being caused by carbon molecules. The reddish stripe in the lowe

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LCO and NASA’s Kepler work together to determine origins of supernova

Sandy Seale | 29 Nov 2018

Artist’s conception of the progenitor system of a Type Ia supernova. A white dwarf (tiny dot in the center of the disk at right) steals matter from a companion star (left).  When it steals too much matter, the white dwarf explodes. This supernova exp



Las Cumbres Observatory Welcomes 2019 Education Partners

Edward Gomez | 13 Nov 2018

LCO Education Director Dr. Edward Gomez teaching astronomy at Camp Cosmos

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Call for Proposals 2019A

Nikolaus Volgenau | 23 Aug 2018

Las Cumbres Observatory is soliciting proposals for science observations for the 2019A semester, which will begin on 1 December 2018 and run through 31 May 2019. This call is for astronomers from institutions without guarantees of Network time: the U

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fl16 Sinistro bad dark; SBIG cameras fast & slow; etc.

Nikolaus Volgenau | 14 Aug 2018

Last week, the fl16 Sinistro camera (on the Dome A 1m telescope in South Africa) was equipped with a new Archon CCD controller. In the nights following the release of that instrument, from Aug 9 to Aug 13, bad dark frames were acquired which corrupte



LCO will host Professor Tabby Boyajian at Open House on August 24

Sandy Seale | 13 Aug 2018

Las Cumbres Observatory will host an open house at its headquarters in Goleta, California, from 5:30-7:30pm on Friday, August 24.



New controllers for Sinistro cameras

Nikolaus Volgenau | 08 Aug 2018

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FLOYDS slit errors

Nikolaus Volgenau | 01 Aug 2018