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Announcing MARS (Make Alerts Really Simple) mars.lco.global

Sandy Seale | 21 Jul 2018

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

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

Sandy Seale | 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.)

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Science Communication internship 2018

Edward Gomez | 01 Apr 2018

Applications for internships are now closed for 2018

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Call for proposals 2018B

Nikolaus Volgenau | 20 Feb 2018

Las Cumbres Observatory is soliciting proposals for science observations for the 2018B semester, which will begin on 1 June 2018 and run through 30 November 2018. This call is for astronomers from institutions without guarantees of Network time: the

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

Edward Gomez | 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

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New Data Debunks Alien Megastructure Theory on the ‘Most Mysterious Star in the Universe’

Sandy Seale | 03 Jan 2018

Press release from Louisiana State University:

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Las Cumbres Astronomers Discover a Star That Would Not Die

Sandy Seale | 02 Nov 2017

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

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Las Cumbres Observatory Launches Global Education Program

Sandy Seale | 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

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

Sandy Seale | 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

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LCO astronomers help track close-approaching asteroid 2012 TC4

Tim Lister | 12 Oct 2017

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

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Call for proposals 2018A

Nikolaus Volgenau | 01 Sep 2017

Las Cumbres Observatory is soliciting proposals for science observations for the 2018A semester, which will begin on 1 December 2017 and run through 31 May 2018. This call is for astronomers from institutions without guarantees of Network time: the U

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Summer Interns Bring Project Serol to Life

Sarah Eve Roberts | 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'.

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“Shocking” findings from a supernova illuminate the stellar culprits

Sandy Seale | 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

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Agent NEO taking a break

Edward Gomez | 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

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NRES release schedule

Nikolaus Volgenau | 26 Jul 2017

NRES is LCO's set of high-resolution echelle spectrographs. The first NRES unit was installed at our Chilean site in March, and it has been undergoing development and testing ever since. Earlier this week, members of the NRES project team met to

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Call for education partners 2018

Edward Gomez | 19 Jul 2017

The deadline has now passed and we are not accepting any more applications for this round.

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More 0.4m telescopes

Nikolaus Volgenau | 22 Jun 2017

Three of LCO's 0.4m telescopes, which hitherto had made observations exclusively of satellites and space debris, are now making science observations. So, if you are an investigator on a project that was granted 0.4m-time, the scheduler may assign you

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The new portal is LIVE!

Nikolaus Volgenau | 05 Jun 2017

LCO's new observing portal is now available! Thanks for your patience while we brought the portal online. We think that you'll like it.

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Coming soon: new user portal

Nikolaus Volgenau | 25 May 2017

In June, LCO will unveil a new observing portal, the interface through which you interact with the Network. This new portal has been developed (under the codename "Valhalla") over many months. We expect that the re-designed portal will be easier for

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FLUXAPER values in image headers

Nikolaus Volgenau | 19 May 2017

We recently discovered an error in our BANZAI data pipeline. In the source catalogs (i.e. the .CAT extensions) that accompany the reduced images, the set of FLUXAPER* keywords are used to indicate the source fluxes within circular apertures of * arcs

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The situation at LSC

Nikolaus Volgenau | 12 May 2017

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 ci

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FLOYDS "sky" mode fixed

Nikolaus Volgenau | 28 Apr 2017

We have debugged the "Sky" slit positioning mode on FLOYDS. "Sky" mode allows you to fix the position angle of the slit. (The more commonly-used mode sets the slit at the parallactic angle.) The change will take effect with FLOYDS observations beginn

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Network status: FLOYDS, default airmass; TDA workshop

Nikolaus Volgenau | 18 Apr 2017

It's already the third week of the 2017AB semester. In a break with routine, this semester will be 8 months long, ending on November 30. As in past semesters, if you'd like assistance with preparing your observing requests, please email our&nbsp

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Robotic Telescopes in Education

Edward Gomez | 13 Apr 2017

Using robotic telescopes for astronomy education is something that is at the heart of my professional interests and I have been actively working on this during my nine years at LCO. This week, my collaborator Dr Michael Fitzgerald and I published a r