Las Cumbres Observatory is pleased to welcome 9 new education partners and 11 returning education partners for 2019. The LCO program established last year offered 1,000 hours of viewing time on the network of 0.4m telescopes to educational courses that feature astronomy. The program was a success in its first year, providing 17 partners with telescope time and support resources. Building on last year's model, we held another open call for proposals for educational programs. We were oversubscribed for this call of 1,000 hours of telescope time, receiving proposals totalling 2,300 hours. This is an excellent sign that there is high demand for education projects using LCO's robotic telescopes.
Zwicky Transient Facility Sees First Light on November 1, 2017. (Credit: Caltech Optical Observatories)
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.)
On 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 named Ada's Adventures in Science. It is a special edition that will include a compilation of three earlier Ada comics and new artwork and will come with additional educational activities. The Kickstarter campaign aims to distribute the educational science comics to children around the world.
Press release from Louisiana State University:
Artist’s impression of a Supernova. Image Credit NASA, ESA, G. Bacon (STSci)
Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) is pleased to announce the launch of a new education program that will start on December 1, 2017, with 12 new education partners from around the globe, adding to our 4 core education partners.
Artist's illustration of two merging neutron stars. The narrow beams represent the gamma-ray burst while the rippling spacetime grid indicates the isotropic gravitational waves that characterize the merger. Swirling clouds of material ejected from the merging stars are a possible source of the light that was seen at lower energies. Credit: National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet
(Animation depicting the flyby of small asteroid 2012 TC4 as it passes under Earth. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)