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Open Access

The Open-Access Program makes the LCO network available to the whole US community, thanks to an award from the NSF's Astronomical Sciences (AST) division.

The award provides 625 hours on the 1-m telescopes and 100 hours on the 2-m telescopes in the 2024B semester (August 1, 2023 - January 31, 2024). US-based astronomers can submit proposals to the NOIRLab. We specifically solicit science projects that effectively follow up on current time domain surveys, especially those with public distribution of data and alerts. This is designed to stimulate the community to prepare for time domain research in the Rubin LSST era by developing relevant programs, methods, and technologies.