News & Announcements

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

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 Milestonewith Observations on the SOAR Telescope

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

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

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

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.

LCO Builds New Instrument to Study December Comet

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

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

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

13 Nov 2018
LCO Education Director Dr. Edward Gomez teaching astronomy at Camp Cosmos

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

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.

Announcing MARS (Make Alerts Really Simple)

21 Jul 2018
Zwicky Transient Facility Sees First Light on November 1, 2017. (Credit: Caltech Optical Observatories)

Las Cumbres Observatory Receives a $4,880,000 Grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to Build Two New Telescopes

09 Jul 2018
Las Cumbres Observatory Founder Wayne Rosing and Director Todd Boroson, showing where the two new 1-meter telescopes will be located on Tenerife. (Photo credit Paul Clay.)

Crowdfunding campaign to send science comic books to children around the world

17 Jan 2018
Crowdfunding science education with comic booksOn 17 January 2018,  Dr. Edward Gomez, Las Cumbres Observatory education director, and Laura Sorvala, independent illustrator, launched a Kickstarter campaign for an educational comic book for kids name

Las Cumbres Astronomers Discover a Star That Would Not Die

02 Nov 2017
Artist’s impression of a Supernova. Image Credit NASA, ESA, G. Bacon (STSci)

Las Cumbres Observatory Launches Global Education Program

26 Oct 2017
Telescope network based in California donates 1,000 hours of observation time to new education partners across the globeLas Cumbres Observatory (LCO) is pleased to announce the launch of a new education program that will start on December 1, 2017

Astronomers use Global Telescope Network to Catch a Fleeting Kilonova for the First Time

16 Oct 2017
Las Cumbres Observatory astronomers were part of an international group of scientists who discovered and made some of the first observations of a kilonova, a new type of explosion in space. This marks the first time in history that an astronomical ph

LCO astronomers help track close-approaching asteroid 2012 TC4

12 Oct 2017
(Animation depicting the flyby of small asteroid 2012 TC4 as it passes under Earth. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Summer Interns Bring Project Serol to Life

01 Sep 2017
The Las Cumbres Observatory education team tripled in size this summer, as four interns joined us to work on an exciting new project for elementary school students called 'Project Serol'.

“Shocking” findings from a supernova illuminate the stellar culprits

14 Aug 2017
Astronomers using Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) have observed an exploding star slamming into a nearby companion star and detected the fleeting blue glow from the interaction at an unprecedented level of detail. The observations reveal the surprising

Agent NEO taking a break

11 Aug 2017
For the past 2 months we have been running an experiment on The Zooniverse's project builder platform, called Agent NEO. We had 2 aims: 1) to improve our code for finding NEO candidates and 2) to shorten the time from observation of the candidate to