Super fast rotator spotted with FTS

A British amateur astronomer has discovered the fastest rotating natural object known in our Solar System, using data from FT South part of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, have proved that the newly-discovered asteroid, 2008 HJ is revolving once every 42.7 seconds, classifying it is as a ‘superfast rotator'.

The astronomer, Richard Miles, made his exciting discovery on Tuesday 29th April using the Faulkes Telescope South, which he operated remotely via the Internet from his home in Dorset. Confirmation of his discovery was formally announced by the International Astronomical Union on Thursday 22nd May. The previous record holder was asteroid 2000 DO8, discovered eight years ago and found to rotate once every 78 seconds.

Bad weather at FTS

Just in case you were wondering if there was a conspiracy and FT South was being used for top secret observations, but appearing to be offline, here are some of the latest pictures

Schools present work at Cambridge University

Two leading schools in the Faulkes Telescope Project have collaborated in a year long videoconferencing project on disease dynamics with a team of mathematicans and staff from the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University. 

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