The 2016A semester begins!

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 to the observatory portal (, you will see your 2016A proposal listed under "Your current proposals." Those of you who are new users of LCOGT Network must first create an account before you can submit observing requests.

ExoMars observed by education partner

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

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

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 camera's performance tonight.

Network status: Sinistro astrometry, binning

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 the omitted row creates a discontinuity in the astrometry between the top and bottom halves of the frames. We have recently corrected this omission, and hereafter, images will be astrometrically continuous from the top to the bottom of the frames. To accommodate this change, we must also make the correction to our flat fields, so that we can properly flat field the new-format frames.

Dr Tim Brown to receive distinguished Watson Medal

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

Network status: Sinistro camera available in Texas

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

Robotic telescopes in education workshop

This is the original announcement. For full details of the workshop, please see the workshop website.

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

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 resources and know-how to use them to explore the night sky from their classrooms.

Call for Key Project Proposals 2016 A&B

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 astrophysical problems. The goal of key projects is to produce the highest-impact science that can be done with the Network.

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