News & Announcements

Current news from LCO

Network status: upgraded ETC; Sinistros to Australia.

06 Oct 2015
Dear Users and Friends of LCOGT Network,

LCOGT monitors a close-approaching NEO

05 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

01 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

02 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

03 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

08 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

Call for Regular Proposals 2015A

16 Dec 2014
Call for Proposals to use the LCOGT 1m & 2m telescope facilities

Santa Barbara Junior High meets Messier Bingo

11 Dec 2014
This week (on 8 December 2014) Eric Saunders, LCOGT software team leader, was invited to speak to 7th grade science class in Santa Barbara Junior High. I volunteered to go along with him to help. We weren't sure how much science this class would hav

Faulkes South Celebrates 10 years of Science

08 Oct 2014
Last weekend one of our flagship telescopes, Faulkes Telescope South (FTS), celebrated its 10 year anniversary. For many years FTS was one of only 2 telescopes in the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. Consequently it, and its twin Fau

Robotic observing of comets now available

03 Oct 2014
We are continually updating our systems with hardware and software, to improve the capabilities of our network. One major upgrade we have recently made is to allow adaptive scheduling of comets. We have had the capability to adaptively schedule aster

Introducing On Sky

01 Sep 2014
On Sky Today marks to launch of a brand new observing interface for LCOGT network of telescopes. It has been designed for education users and is called On Sky. Earlier this year the whole LCOGT network was officially launched with the 1-meter and 2-m

Visibility Tool Update

19 Aug 2014
We have recently identified a bug in our online visibility tool, which caused it to incorrectly calculate the hour angle of objects with high RA.