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If you've ever used a telescope with a CCD camera you've probably encountered FITS files. FITS, or Flexible Image Transport System, is a file format used widely in astronomy to share images.
Last Wednesday, Feb 9, the team working on the new science camera system, Sinistro, got their first light image. This is a huge accomplishment, congratulations to the team!
I didn't mean to be a geek at the NewYears party. Really I didn't. I brought my laptop, and the host told me I could set it up at a table. I think that the intent was for me to post on FB or something like that. I had a set of data from the Faulkes that was burning a hole in my pocket, and so I told myself I would just look at one field.
One of our science team, Yiannis Tsapras has produced a graphic showing interesting information about all the exoplanets listed on The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia.
NASA's Kepler mission has discovered its first Earth-size planet candidates and its first candidates in the habitable zone, a region where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface. LCOGT scientists are involved in the mission.
Once again Richard Miles (Director of the BAA, asteroids and comets section) has been following up interesting activity on the periodic comet, Comet 29P/ Schwassmann-Wachmann. His report is below.
Over recent months we've been improving how we show observer's images. We started by building an ontology based around /observations. Every observation (e.g. this observation of spiral galaxy M65), observer (e.g. Whitchurch High School) and telescope (e.g.
From our 2010 Zeitgeist blog you may have noticed some information about the relability and use of Faulkes Telescope North and South during 2010. Here is a more detailed break down of how we did on successful nights of observing, technical downtime, weather and more.
As 2011 begins we thought it would be interesting to have a look at some numbers which were significant for LCOGT during 2010. The majority of the numbers are precise but a couple of them are estimates (look at the descriptions for more information). Not all the information is scientifically relevent, but we hope you enjoy it anyway.
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