News & Press Releases

27 Jun 2011
Our newly-commissioned Lucky Imaging and High Speed Photometry (LIHSP) cameras on FTN and FTS scored a great success on June 23rd at their first attempt to collect science data, catching occulations of both Pluto and its satellite Charon from FTN!  An "occultation" is simply the transit of an object along the line of sight to a star, From occultations of Kuiper Belt Objects, you can learn about their size, and a for large one like Pluto, its atmosphere and or
24 Jun 2011

There might be something to say for defining interfaces up front. Spending over one day cleaning up and re-organizing JSON output throughout multiple subprojects can be quite tedious. Once again, sed proved helpful, but sometimes it's harder to make sed perform like the scalpel than to run a quick grep search and manually edit.

21 Jun 2011

This is an engineering-notes blog. After publishing the first entry, I was alerted that these are sent to subscribers around the world. Apologies if this isn't your cup of tea, but I'm hoping to share another side of our project with the world! And I heard blog readers love pictures.

20 Jun 2011

This is an engineering-notes blog. I plan on posting regular updates on my day-to-day happenings in a very casual format.

20 Jun 2011

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

16 Jun 2011

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).

16 Jun 2011

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.

10 Jun 2011

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.