NRES commissioning

The first unit of the Network of Robotic Echelle Spectrographs (NRES) was successfully installed at our Chilean site at the beginning of the month. NRES is not yet ready for routine science observations (updates will be posted on the LCO website), but from now on, commissioning tests should be intermittent and less disruptive. The telescope in Dome C, with a repaired fl04 Sinistro camera, began making routine science observations again on the night of March 14.  The telescope in Dome B was returned to science observing on March 21.

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NRES installation in Chile

As I write this, a crew of LCO engineers, IT specialists, and scientists is traveling to Cerro Tololo. Their mission is to install the first element of the NRES (Network of Robotic Echelle Spectrographs), as well as to do some site maintenance work. The work will require that they shut off the power to all of our telescopes at the site. The site will be unavailable for science observations on the nights of March 1 & 2. The commissioning of the first NRES element will begin on March 4. The spectrograph will be tested with input from the telescopes in Domes B & C, but it's not yet clear which telescope will be used on which night.

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Teachers reach for the stars!

Last week (Friday 3 February) the LCO education team hosted a teacher training event in Cardiff University, jointly with School of Physics & Astronomy, Universe in the Classroom, and Space Awareness. It was the not only the largest teacher training event ever run at the School of Physics & Astronomy (with 35 registered teachers from across Wales) but was also our first event as official partners with Space Awareness.