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FTN image makes Astronomy Picture of the Day

An image taken with LCOGT's Faulkes Telescope North was the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day for June 26th 2008. You can view the APOD site here:

Goleta Valley Girl Shoots For the Stars!

April Gadsby, an 8th grader at Goleta Valley Junior High in Santa Barbara, has won 1st prize (Gold) in the Santa Barbara County Science Fair, and 4th in the California State Science Fair, with an eclipsing binary lightcurve research project with LCOGT. April is the first student in the US to have used the Faulkes Telescope South which lives in Australia and is controlled over the internet.

Students win ESO competition with LCOGT!

A number of school students have won prizes in national and international competitions after working with LCOGT scientists and facilities.  On Friday 23rd May, ESO announced the winners of its "Catch a Star" competition:

"ESO and EAAE are very pleased to announce the winners of the Catch a Star 2008 contest. We would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the competition. The standard of the entries was extremely impressive, which made it difficult for the jury to choose the winners! We enjoyed reading the projects and looking at the artworks, and the hard work that went into the entries was evident. Even if you did not receive a prize this year, we hope you had fun taking part, and learnt some exciting things about our Universe! Look out for the next "Catch a Star!" competition... "

LCOGT at the 2008 Royal Society Exhibition, London

LCOGT participated in this years prestigious Royal Society Exhibition with an exhibit titled: Is there anybody out there? Looking for new worlds. There were three general themes, each outlining the most popular methods used to detect planets around other stars: Doppler shifts (wobbles), microlensing (blips) and transits (winks). A factsheet about the exhibition is included here. During the exhibition, several thousand visitors enjoyed science exhibits over four days, at the Royal Society's offices in central London.

Other participants on this exhibition were: The Open University; University of St Andrews; University of Hertfordshire; The Faulkes Telescope Project; The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics; Keele University; Queen's University Belfast.

National Eisteddfod in Wales, UK

The Faulkes Telescope project team and astronomers from the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University ran a highly successful “Observatory” at the 2008 National Eisteddfod. This year’s event was visited by around 156,000 people, and the Science Pavilion attracted around 2,000 people a day over the 8 days of the event.