Open Access

Network Capabilities

Information on what LCO can do

The Open-Access Program makes the LCO network available to the whole US community, thanks to an award from the NSF's MSIP initiative.

Approximately 1200 hours of time on the 1-m network and 220 hours of 2-m time will be available per semester, starting in 2017, and US astronomers have the opportunities to lead or join Key Projects (through an annual call from LCO) and to submit a proposal to the NOAO.

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 LSST era by developing relevant programs, methods, and technologies.

We will host a series of workshops to bring interested developers together with LCO staff and facilitate the sharing of ideas and tools. The first workshop, on developing follow-up programs and technologies, was  held in conjunction with the NOAO's workshop Building the Infrastructure for Time-Domain Alert Science in the LSST Era, Tucson, AZ, May 22-25, 2017. The goals of the workshop were:

  • To bring together people interested in developing software to support time domain science,
  • To introduce LCO ‘power user' tools,
  • To stimulate community development of applications and tools,
  • To inspire the formation of collaborations to prepare for LSST science.