News & Announcements

New Key Projects announced

1 Feb 2017
Following the recommendations of an independent Time Allocation Committee (TAC), five new Key Projects have been awarded time on the LCO Network. The list of all key projects that will run during the 2017AB semester has been posted on the websit

Call for proposals 2017AB

18 Jan 2017
Las Cumbres Observatory is soliciting proposals for science observations for the 2017AB semester, which will begin on 1 April 2017 and run through 30 November 2017. This call is for astronomers from institutions without guarantees of Network time: th

Network status: Happy Holidays!

21 Dec 2016
The Network suffered a one-two punch of power outages in the past week. On December 17, power was lost on Haleakala. As a result, science observations from that site (OGG) weren't possible on December 17-18. ----- A few days earlier, on December 13,

"Brightest Supernova” Not a Supernova, but a Star Ripped Apart by a Spinning Black Hole

12 Dec 2016
A version of this article is also available for young scientists! Read it at

Space Scoop comic book contest

9 Dec 2016
As well as being the LCO education team, Sarah Eve Roberts and I are also the team behind Space Scoop, an astronomy news service for kids. Although the primary audience for Space Scoop is kids from the age of 8, we know that many older kids and adult

Network status: telescopes in Australia, internet to Chile

7 Dec 2016
A new SBIG camera (kb98) was installed on the 0m4a (40cm) telescope at our Australia site on November 24. The camera was enabled for science observations on December 1. Also at the Australia site, the 2-meter telescope was taken offline on Decembe

Network status: Happy Thanksgiving!

18 Nov 2016
In the past few weeks, we've experienced intermittent problems with internet connectivity to some of our network sites, which has prevented us from promptly delivering images to our science archive. In all of these cases, the connectivity problems we

Network status: many Sinistros, one warning

27 Oct 2016
One week ago, all of LCO's 1-meter telescopes are equipped with Sinistro cameras. Today, all of the Sinistros are available for science observations, and the raw images are getting processed through the BANZAI reduction pipeline.

Network status: Spectral camera; Sinistro images in archive; moon separation constraint

24 Oct 2016
The shutter on the Spectral camera on FTN (Haleakala) was replaced last week, and test observations indicate that the shutter is behaving itself. The camera has been cleared to resume science observations. 

Network status: many Sinistros, one vision

20 Oct 2016
There have been many recent advances on LCO's Sinistro camera front. I'm pleased to announce that we have reached a long-awaited milestone: all of our 1-meter telescopes are now equipped with Sinistro cameras.

Network status: new url, FTN Spectral shutter, visibility tool update

17 Oct 2016
Last week, we announced that Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network is now simply Las Cumbres Observatory, and the url of our website has changed to If you've been using scripts that call our various APIs with the

LCOGT becomes Las Cumbres Observatory

14 Oct 2016
On Friday, October 14, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) changed its name to Las Cumbres Observatory.  Associated with this change is a new website, featuring new colors and a new logo, at a new URL,, and ne

Network status: Dome B in Australia, planned DB upgrade

4 Oct 2016
The Sinistro camera on the telescope in Dome B at Siding Spring Observatory is now available for science observations. The images will be processed through the BANZAI pipeline as soon as we have acquired sufficient flat fields. On October 6, from

Network status: start of the 2016B semester

1 Oct 2016
The 2016B semester began at 0 UT today. To those of you who will use the Network for the first time this semester, we say, "Welcome". As in past semesters, if you'd like assistance with preparing your observing requests, please email our Science

Network status: Dome B in Australia; Dome B in Chile

23 Sep 2016
On 21 September, the fl11 Sinistro camera was installed on the 1-meter telescope in Dome B at Siding Spring (COJ). The telescope will be unavailable for science observations while the new Sinistro camera is commissioned.

Hubble confirms a planet orbiting two stars

22 Sep 2016
Artist's impression of the planetary system.

Network status: Spectral camera repaired; Tenerife telescope malfunction

16 Sep 2016
On Monday, 19 October, from 17 - 21 UT, LCO's observatory portal will be closed while we address some software maintenance tasks. You will not be able to submit new observing requests during this time, and the portal website will show an er

Network status: Haleakala Spectral camera offline

7 Sep 2016
The Spectral camera on the 2-meter telescope on Haleakala has been taken out-of-service because of a persistent problem with the camera's shutter. In the past month, the shutter was stuck closed during observations on various nights: Aug 11-15, Aug 3

Network status: Sinistro in Australia, new archive features

1 Sep 2016
On August 29, a Sinistro camera, fl12, was installed on the 1-meter telescope in Dome A at Siding Spring (COJ). Although the commissioning observations made since then have been limited (by poor weather), the performance of the fl12 Sinistro exceeds

Planet Found in the Habitable Zone of our Neighboring Star System

24 Aug 2016
Astronomers have found an Earth-mass planet in the Habitable Zone of our closest neighboring star system.  A version of this article is also available for young scientists! Read it at