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This is an engineering-notes blog. I plan on posting regular updates on my day-to-day happenings in a very casual format.
Saturday was a case of “third time is
the charm” in terms of scheduling a star party for the Santa
Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU) as the first two attempts were
weathered out. Even Saturday evening when we were gathering at
The cover of this week's Santa Barbara
Independent (June 16-23, 2011, Vol. 25, No. 283) features not only
LCOGT, but how Santa Barbara is rising “to become a center of the
astronomy universe.” (from the cover of the SB Independent).
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
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