News & Announcements

Current news from LCO

Network status: Intra/Inter Proposal Priority

09 Jun 2016
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 Docum

Network status: end of the IPAC archive

31 May 2016
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

Santa Barbara Solar System Ride

12 May 2016
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.

Network status: Spectral camera woes

26 Apr 2016
The Spectral cameras on both of our 2-meter telescopes, in Australia and Hawaii, are currently out-of-service.

Network status: the start of 2016A

08 Apr 2016
The 2016A semester began on April 1. To those of you who have been granted observing time on the Network, we hope that your observations go well. If you have questions about how to prepare your observing requests, please email our Science Suppor

The 2016A semester begins!

01 Apr 2016
The 2016A semester began at 0 UT on April 1. Congratulations to all PIs whose proposals were granted observing time in the 2016A semester! All proposals have been entered into our database, and time has been allocated. When you login t

Spectacular new image of Haley's Coronet

21 Mar 2016
This new image of the spiral galaxy NGC 1532, also known as Haley's Coronet, was taken using our 1-meter telescopes at our Chile node.

ExoMars observed by education partner

18 Mar 2016
On 14 March 2016 the European Space Agency in partnership with the Russian Space Agency launched the first ExoMars spacecraft, to study the red planet.

Network status: New archive and pipeline; Spectral camera status; Sinistro redo

15 Mar 2016
The 2015B semester is drawing to a close. The 2016A semester will begin on April 1. Results from LCOGT's time allocation process will be distributed soon.

Network status: Dome C in Chile; Faulkes Telescope in Australia

23 Feb 2016
The fl04 Sinistro camera (in Dome C at our Chilean site) warmed-up unexpectedly on Friday (Feb 19) and was producing bad frames. We suspect that the problem was contamination in the cooling system, which has now been cleared, but we're monitoring the

Network status: Sinistro astrometry, binning

26 Jan 2016
We have corrected a glitch in the Sinistro cameras. Because of the way the raw frames were processed, one row of pixels was removed between the top and bottom quadrants. The omission is "invisible" (i.e. there's no gap in the processed frame), but th

Dr Tim Brown to receive distinguished Watson Medal

20 Jan 2016
Annual Award to be Presented by the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. this May

Network status: Sinistro camera available in Texas

19 Jan 2016
The Sinistro camera at LCOGT's Texas site (ELP) is now available for science observations.

Robotic telescopes in education workshop

14 Jan 2016
Las Cumbres Observatory: Robotic telescopes in education We are organising a 2-day workshop in Leiden Observatory, 18-19 April 2016. The purpose of this meeting is to explore the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT), and how this

Universe in the Classroom Host First Robotic Telescope Teacher workshop in North Wales

17 Dec 2015
The first Universe in the Classroom 2.0 primary school teacher-training event took place last week in Wrexham (Wales, UK), during which participant teachers were provided with access to a global network of powerful robotic telescopes, and the resourc

Call for Key Project Proposals 2016 A&B

17 Dec 2015
The deadline for submission is 8 February 2016, 23:59 UTC. LCOGT is soliciting proposals for key projects: large, coherent observing programs designed to take maximum advantage of the unique capabilities of the LCOGT network to address important astr

Call for Proposals 2016A

16 Dec 2015
The deadline for submission is 8 February 2016, 23:59 UTC. In 2016A, LCOGT Network has nine 1-meter telescopes and two 2-meter telescopes available for science observations. The SBIG cameras installed on some of the 1m telescopes are being replaced w

Network status: maintenance at CPT; Spectral camera image reprocessing

09 Dec 2015
Here's an update on recent LCOGT activities.

A Blue, Neptune-Size Exoplanet Around a Red Dwarf Star

24 Nov 2015
A team of astronomers have used the LCOGT network to detect light scattered by tiny particles (called Rayleigh scattering), through the atmosphere of a Neptune-size transiting exoplanet. This suggests a blue sky on this world which is only 100 light

Network status: contention plots; Sinistro cameras

06 Nov 2015