Las Cumbres Observatory have partnered with Asteroid Day and Universe Awareness to create a website which allows you to take pictures of asteroids, using a global network of telescopes, was launched by Dr Edward Gomez at the National Astronomy Meeting in Nottingham on Tuesday 28 June. Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) has 18 professional robotic telescopes in 7 remote, astronomical sites across the globe. With this website you can join the international campaign to study and raise awareness about asteroids.
In recent status reports, I mentioned that we've swapped SBIG cameras on telescopes in Australia (Dome B) and Chile (Dome A). The swaps were only one step in our efforts to eliminate occurrences of "shutter failure" in these cameras. We believe we have now fixed the "shutter failure" problem (on all SBIGs) through a combination of hardware and software modifications. We will continue to monitor the cameras' performance.
We have implemented a system to allow users to promote (or demote) the priority of observing requests within their science programs. An introduction to this system, called IPP for "Intra/Inter Proposal Priority", is available from our Documentation webpage, as well as in the observatory portal. The IPP system is voluntary; users may choose to adopt or ignore it.
May 31 is the last day that LCOGT's archive at IPAC will be available. If you haven't yet switched to retrieving your data from our new archive
, you must do so after today. The description of the archive (available at https://lcogt.net/documentation/archive-documentation/
) has been substantially improved since the archive was opened. The documentation includes information on the data products available and how to search for images. If you have questions that can't be answered by the information available there, please send an email to email@example.com
LCOGT has participated in this year's Cyclemaynia event in the best way we know how: by geeking out over both cycling and astronomy at the same time.