News & Announcements

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

9 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

6 Nov 2015

“Spooky” NEO passes close to the Earth on Halloween

30 Oct 2015
It's no trick, but certainly a treat that on 31 October 2015 at 10:00 am PDT the near-Earth object (NEO) 2015 TB145 (nicknamed “spooky” by some) will pass within ~490,000 km or ~305,000 miles from Earth (roughly 1.3 times farther away than the Moon).

Network status: upgraded ETC; Sinistros to Australia.

6 Oct 2015
Dear Users and Friends of LCOGT Network,

LCOGT monitors a close-approaching NEO

5 Oct 2015
On 29 September 2015 the near-Earth object (NEO) 2015 SZ2 passed within roughly 500,00 km or 305,000 miles from Earth (that's only 1.3 times farther away than the Moon). At LCOGT, we monitored the NEO as it flew by. The movie shows images taken from

The 2015B semester begins

1 Oct 2015
The 2015B semester began at 0 UT on October 1. Congratulations to all PIs whose proposals were granted observing time in the 2015B semester! All proposals have been entered into our database, and time has been allocated. When you login to t

K2SciCon Announces Student Researcher Award

22 Sep 2015

K2SciCon register soon!

11 Sep 2015

There is No Such Thing as a Stupid Question

2 Sep 2015
Over the past few months, I have been working with local artist Laura Sorvala from Auralab. We are both keen on science and both comic book fans, so we decided to make a comic book. The comic book is going to accompany our education programme, partic

First Open Source software collaboration

12 Aug 2015
This week we are proud to launch version 1.0 of WhatsUP. This is small app which provides On Sky (our education observing interface) with a list of suggested observing targets. This list has been curated by me (Edward Gomez) and other members of

First light in Tenerife

3 Jul 2015
5 weeks ago (May 2015) we successfully installed 2 of our 0.4-meter class telescopes on Mount Teide in Tenerife. Since then we have been commissioning these telescopes, getting them ready for autonomous, robotic operations.

Asteroid Day and asteroid monitoring at LCOGT

30 Jun 2015
Today is Asteroid Day! At LCOGT We have been observing asteroids since the 2005, back when we only had our 2 flagship, 2-meter class telescopes. Asteroid Day is about sharing global awareness of asteroid impacts. So, we are sharing this movie of the

Call for semester 2015B proposals

25 Jun 2015
Call for proposals to use LCOGT 1m & 2m telescope Network.

Open Source astronomy with snakes and ponies

8 Jun 2015
Over the past 2 months I have attended 2 conferences about software development. The first, Python in Astronomy, focused on the software tools astronomers have developed to help them to do research and how we can support each other, mostly in Python.

Tenerife node gets its first telescopes

28 May 2015
You may remember that in 2012 we prepared an observatory site on mount Teide on the island of Tenerife (one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean). Sadly that site has remained empty of LCOGT telescopes. However, are pleased to announce that af

LCOGT Cerro Tololo telescope capture close-passing asteroid

27 Jan 2015
A Near Earth Object (NEO), an asteroid which can come close to the Earth, which has been designated 2004 BL86, passed safely past the Earth on January 26 at a distance about three times the distance of Earth to the moon. Less than 11 hours later, one

Call for Key Project Proposals 2015A & B

17 Dec 2014
Call for Proposals for Key Projects to use the LCOGT 1m and 2m telescope networks