Viewing posts from December, 2010

Where on Earth is Our Network?

The LCOGT network will consist of at least 6 sites, including Haleakala, Maui and Siding Spring, Australia where the two Faulkes Telescopes reside. The other confirmed network sites are in Chile on Cerro Tololo (CTIO), South Africa near Sutherland (SAAO), Texas at McDonald Observatory, and Tenerife in the Canary Islands (TO). When completed, each site will have two or three 1-meter telescopes and between two and four 0.4-meter telescopes.

Observing the aftermath of a main-belt asteroid collision

Here are the two images hot off the press. The observations of a strange asteroid were taken about 58 hr apart. It was reported that Steve Larson of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, had imaged the asteroid (596) Scheila on December 11.44-11.47 UT with the 0.68-m Schmidt telescope at Catalina and found it to be in apparent outburst with a comet-like appearance. This is the first well-documented occasion that a main-belt asteroid has been seen to be surrounded by a fuzzy coma.