Traditionally, astronomers travel to the telescope, observe for a few nights, then return home to analyze the data over the next few months or years. Some big problems with this approach are:
LCOGT technology has eliminated all of the above.
Schools in Europe and the United States are already making observations with LCOGT telescopes. This has opened up new worlds of exploration and fascination, encouraging children and adults alike to discover the wonders of the universe and incite a passion for learning never before realized. From its inception, LCOGT has been committed to using astronomy as a tool for public engagement and formal and informal education, with the aim of encouraging eager learners of all ages to think critically and develop investigative skills.
Scientists are able to request observations the instant they learn of a gamma ray burst or the discovery of a new supernova. Recent discoveries by LCOGT have included potentially hazardous asteroids crossing the orbit of Earth, new planets around other stars, stars being torn apart by black holes, and measuring the mass of a black hole from fluctuations in the gas being funneled into it. We’re also measuring Dark Energy, the mysterious substance that dominates the Universe, perplexingly causing it to accelerate in its expansion.
With internet access, anyone in the world, at anytime, is able to make discoveries utilizing the LCOGT global telescope network.
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