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It is that time of year again when the
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) announces the winners of their
eight awards, which include amateur astronomy and outreach efforts,
significant contributions to astronomy research, outstanding Ph.D
thesis, and teaching at different levels.
Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) achieved a critical milestone today, with two 40’ containers leaving their Santa Barbara headquarters en route to the CTIO observatory node in Chile. Inside the containers are three sets of enclosure walls designed and built by LCOGT for our 1-meter class telescopes.
Quick update to Progress update on our network sites.
Astronomy Picture of the Day (or
APOD) featured the Supernova Sonata, featuring stars exploding to music.
The LCOGT network will consist of at least six sites around the world to create its unique capabilities to observe for 24/7 in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. These sites include additions to Haleakala and Siding Spring next to the two Faulkes Telescopes.
We held our first star party at Photon
Ranch for 2011. The guests were from The Oaks Parent Child Workshop,
a preschool located in Santa Barbara. For the past two years, LCOGT
has donated a star party as a silent auction item to raise money for
We have been very busy hosting two star
parties at Sedgwick Reserve within the last week!
Recently Dr. John Pye brought students from his astronomy class to visit the Faulkes Telescope North. Each semester Dr. Pye brings his students from UH Maui College to the summit for an evening observing with the Faulkes Telescope North, and with smaller telescopes brought by the HaleakalāAmateur astronomers.
At McDonald Observatory in western Texas, there is a very unique telescope. This telescope had it's original first light back in October of 2009, but on April 20th, 2011, the Wren-Marcario Acecssible Telescope (WMAT) have its first ADA accessible first light.
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