Christopher Lindsay '17 received three prizes for his project, "Looking for Life in all the Right Places: A Search for Transiting Extrasolar Planets using the CoRot and Faulkes Telescopes." His project mentor was Dr. J.D. Armstrong of the Institute of Astronomy, Maui, and his faculty adviser was Dr. Mark Lindsay.
Maintaining a high-paced rollout, LCOGT shipped two more 1-meter production telescopes today. Bound for Australia and the Siding Spring Observatory, the telescopes will bring the total number of 1-meters to nine. A team lead by LCOGT technician Kurt Vander Horst will travel to Australia in May to install them.
NASA annouced the selection of five exoplanet scientists who will receive the 2013 Carl Sagan Exoplanet Postdoctoral Fellowships today. One is former LCOGT postdoc Avi Shporer. The fellowship, named for the late astronomer, was created to inspire the next generation of explorers seeking to learn more about planets, and possibly life, around other stars. The primary goal of the fellowship program is to support outstanding recent postdoctoral scientists in conducting independent research related to the science goals of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program.
Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope, with six operational observatory sites and more to come, will open their robotic telescopes to hands-on use during the University of Hawai'i Institute for Astronomy (IfA) open house this coming April 14.