Viewing posts from January, 2013

Siding Spring Observatory narrowly escapes major damage during wildfire

A heatwave in New South Wales, Australia last week pushed daytime temperatures to as high as 42 degrees Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) and triggered a series of wildfires. One of these, the Wambelong Fire, burned through portions of the Warrumbungle National Park and threatened the Siding Spring Observatory where a large share of the astronomy in Australia is conducted.

Call for proposals 2013A

Call for Proposals to use the LCOGT 2m telescope facilities

Siding Spring safe from bush fire

This weekend Siding Spring observatory has been ravaged by a bush fire. All of the telescopes (including Faulkes Telescope South and our other instrumenation) appear to be safe. The New South Wales Fire Service used the LCOGT webcams to investigate the extent of the fires. Due to their brave efforts and the preventative measures of observatory staff, no life was lost. Sadly some buildings, including residential buildings, were lost to the flames.

Hands-On LCOGT Science at the AAS Meeting!

LCOGT scientists are attending the winter 2013 meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Long Beach, CA. In addition to several poster and oral presentations, LCOGT will be hosting a booth in the conference hall all week. Members of our supernovae, exoplanet, and solar system science teams will be there to talk about their science along with our public outreach group who will be demonstrating the cool interactive education projects available through our website. We will also be showing how to explore our new imaging and photometry archives as well as exhibiting some of the hardware from the 1-meter telescopes.