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

Crowdfunding science education with comic books

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.

Las Cumbres Astronomers Discover a Star That Would Not Die

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

Las Cumbres Observatory Launches Global Education Program

Telescope network based in California donates 1,000 hours of observation time to new education partners across the globe

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.

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

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

LCO astronomers help track close-approaching asteroid 2012 TC4

(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

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

Supernova 2017cbv, on the outskirts of the spiral galaxy NGC 5643. Data are from the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Supernova Project and the Carnegie-Irvine Galaxy Survey. Credit: BJ Fulton, LCO.

The situation at LSC

We have had to discontinue observations with the telescope in Dome C at our Chilean site (LSC). The Sinistro camera in that dome (fl04) appeared to have a steep drop in temperature on 2017-05-07. The drop was actually a symptom of a problem with a circuit boards on the camera controller. A replacement board has been sent to Chile; the camera will be offline until the swap can be made.

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