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“Lets do some great science.” With these words Wayne Rosing announced that the LCOGT Southern ring was complete. Like many projects, science on the LCOGT network began before the completion of construction.
Recently two LCOGT 1.0 meter telescopes went on sky for the first time at Siding Spring Australia. I was given the privilege of taking some of the first images with those telescopes.
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke at Santa Barbara's Granada Theater on May 2, 2013. Before the lecture, Dr. Tyson stopped by Las Cumbres Observatory's headquarters in Goleta. Photographer Kimberly Citro, working with UCSB Arts & Lectures which sponsored the lecture, has kindly shared some of her photos of the event with LCOGT.
Maintaining a high-paced rollout, LCOGT shipped two more 1-meter production telescopes today. Bound for Australia and the Siding Spring Observatory, the telescopes will bring the total number of 1-meters to nine. A team lead by LCOGT technician Kurt Vander Horst will travel to Australia in May to install them.
NASA annouced the selection of five exoplanet scientists who will receive the 2013 Carl Sagan Exoplanet Postdoctoral Fellowships today. One is former LCOGT postdoc Avi Shporer. The fellowship, named for the late astronomer, was created to inspire the next generation of explorers seeking to learn more about planets, and possibly life, around other stars.
Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope, with six operational observatory sites and more to come, will open their robotic telescopes to hands-on use during the University of Hawai'i Institute for Astronomy (IfA) open house this coming April 14.
Last week (15 -24 march) was National Science and Engineering Week in UK, and as a break in between writing computer code and telescope scheduling, I took the opportunity to do some public engagement.
Here are three images put together by BJ Fulton from the data from 2 March, 2013 on our newly installed 1-meter telescopes at Sutherland, South Africa.
We have installed and completed engineering commissioning of three robotic 1-meter telescopes in a matter of a few days this week at the South Africa Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), Sutherland.
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