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Science museum, space telescope and thousands of people

Edward Gomez | 28 May 2009

I've spent the past 2 days talking to total of about 2000 people at the Science Museum in London, with Dr Haley Gomez (Cardiff University) and others. We were talking to people in the Antenna gallery whose sole purpose is to show people what is hap

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School blog about exoplanet observing

Edward Gomez | 19 May 2009

We've recently launched an exoplanet observing programme, and are looking for people to help with observing these very rare microlensing events. One such group in Ireland has already taken up the challenge and successfully observed 10 different candi

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Science Festival in Torun

LCO Webmaster | 27 Apr 2009

Last week (April 23-26, 2009) we have had a traditional (9th) Science and Art Festival in our town Torun (Poland). Since the beginning it is connected with Nicholas Copernicus University and other institutions in our region, which during 4 days pre

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Sedgwick Telescope sees first light on site

Edward Gomez | 24 Apr 2009

The Sedgwick telescope has now had first light at its site.  The telescope is not robotically controllable yet and does not have a full set of instrumentation installed or commissioned on it. This trip was was to check and calibrate the optics on a

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Astronomy Has Strong Showing at Hawai`i State Science Fair.

JD Armstrong | 16 Apr 2009

At the recent Hawai`i State Science fair there were two projects which I believe that people in the LCOGT community might find of interest.

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Boy Scout Troop #49

JD Armstrong | 26 Mar 2009

On the 21st of February I took 22 Boy Scouts and 17 adults to the summit of Haleakala for a Tour of AEOS, FTN, and Mees as part of the requirements for their astronomy merit badge. After the tour we broke into three groups to work on a couple more re

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Sedgwick Telescope sees first factory light

Derek Johnson | 21 Mar 2009

On the evening of March 12, 2009, the Sedgwick telescope, looking outside from the doorway of the LCOGT warehouse, was put on sky for the first time.  As it was primarily a test for the drive system's tracking performance, the goal for the night wa

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IT maintenance

Edward Gomez | 10 Mar 2009

We would like to make all our users aware that we will be performing IT maintenance at 0500 UT on 11 March. This will mean some of our services will be unavailable (including the website and data archives).

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Global network update

Edward Gomez | 27 Feb 2009

Over the next 12 months, we will be transforming our global telescope network, inline with our plans to have continuous night sky coverage by the end of 2012.

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Hawkcams to be Decommissioned

Rachel Street | 19 Feb 2009

LCOGT is about to install the new Spectral cameras, offering a wider field of view and faster read out time.  During these upgrades, the older Hawkcam cameras, EA01 and EA02, will be decommissioned.  According to our database, all current observing

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How to keep a telescope dry

Edward Gomez | 28 Jan 2009

Not only keeping the telescopes dry but safe from wind, snow and all adverse weather conditions.

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0.4m Update

LCO Webmaster | 16 Jan 2009

The next batch of 0.4m telescopes are nearly done being built and have begun to be wired up.  The current plan is that the first pair will be sent to Haleakala at the end of March 2009 (where they will be housed inside the FTN clamshell), the next

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Presenting our new website!

Edward Gomez | 06 Jan 2009

This January not only marks the beginning of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, but also the official launch of our new website. There are many new features and more will be appearing over the next few months. There is also lots of exciting

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FTN image makes Astronomy Picture of the Day

Edward Gomez | 24 Oct 2008

An image taken with LCOGT's Faulkes Telescope North was the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day for June 26th 2008. You can view the APOD site here:

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Goleta Valley Girl Shoots For the Stars!

Edward Gomez | 23 Oct 2008

April Gadsby, an 8th grader at Goleta Valley Junior High in Santa Barbara, has won 1st prize (Gold) in the Santa Barbara County Science Fair, and 4th in the California State Science Fair, with an eclipsing binary lightcurve research project with LC

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Students win ESO competition with LCOGT!

Edward Gomez | 23 Oct 2008

A number of school students have won prizes in national and international competitions after working with LCOGT scientists and facilities.  On Friday 23rd May, ESO announced the winners of its "Catch a Star" competition: "ESO and EA

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LCOGT at the 2008 Royal Society Exhibition, London

Edward Gomez | 23 Oct 2008

LCOGT participated in this years prestigious Royal Society Exhibition with an exhibit titled: Is there anybody out there? Looking for new worlds. There were three general themes, each outlining the most popular methods used to detect planets around

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National Eisteddfod in Wales, UK

Edward Gomez | 16 Oct 2008

The Faulkes Telescope project team and astronomers from the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University ran a highly successful “Observatory” at the 2008 National Eisteddfod. This year’s event was visited by around 156,000 people, and th

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Crab nebula shockwave

Edward Gomez | 29 Aug 2008

During the summer of 2007 Olivia Gomez, a student at St David's Catholic 6th Form College, Cardiff, worked on Faulkes data of one of the most enigmatic objects in the sky, the Crab nebula.

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Update on 1m development

Edward Gomez | 15 Aug 2008

There will be 21 telescopes spaced around the world, arranged in clusters of three telescopes at each of seven sites in the North and South hemispheres. Weather permitting, this enables continuous coverage of celestial objects of interest - mainly ti

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Super fast rotator spotted with FTS

Edward Gomez | 23 Jul 2008

A British amateur astronomer has discovered the fastest rotating natural object known in our Solar System, using data from FT South part of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, have proved that the newly-discovered asteroid, 2008 HJ

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Bad weather at FTS

Edward Gomez | 22 Jul 2008

Just in case you were wondering if there was a conspiracy and FT South was being used for top secret observations, but appearing to be offline, here are some of the latest pictures

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Schools present work at Cambridge University

Edward Gomez | 22 Jul 2008

Two leading schools in the Faulkes Telescope Project have collaborated in a year long videoconferencing project on disease dynamics with a team of mathematicans and staff from the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University. 

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Galaxies Galore

Edward Gomez | 28 Mar 2008

We are pleased to announce that we have 3 new exciting galaxies projects for FT users to enjoy! From energetic jets to crashing galaxies, these projects aim to cover a variety of galaxy topics.

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LCOGT at National Museum of Wales

Edward Gomez | 28 Mar 2008

To mark the start of National Science Week 2008 and the opening of a new exhibition in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, LCOGT was asked to attend a space themed day, last Saturday.