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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.
On December 23, 2010, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope’s CEO Wayne Rosing and a crew of three movers from Bucks Movers and Transport Statewide arrived at LCOGT’s Goleta warehouse to see if LCOGT’s 1-meter telescope enclosures could be built in a fast and repeatable manner.
The LCOGT network will consist of at least 6 sites, including Haleakala, Maui and Siding Spring, Australia where the two Faulkes Telescopes reside.
Here are the two images hot off the press. The observations of a strange asteroid were taken about 58 hr
apart. It was reported that Steve Larson of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory,
University of Arizona, had imaged the asteroid (596) Scheila on
December 11.44-11.47 UT with the 0.68-m Schmidt telescope at Catalina
and found it to be in apparent outburst with a comet-like appearance.
On November 11, 2010 the BOS telescope
at Sedgwick Reserve produced its first science result. BJ Fulton
controlled the 0.8m telescope from Santa Barbara while the Santa Ynez
Valley was enjoying good weather and seeing conditions. Taking 120
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