Las Cumbres ObservatoryBuilding a global network for professional and citizen scientists                            Edward...
Our Goals ✤   Establish and build a durable scientific institution     dedicated to time-domain astrophysics ✤   Use astron...
Wayne Rosing   The Boss
Global network
Time domain astronomy                                                   0.4m  Maui                                        ...
ScienceLCOGT research                        Wider Community• Exoplanets                          • Open call for semester...
Telescope Classes       2m x 2                       1m x 16                                   0.4m x 242005            20...
Santa Barbara, California : Headquarters
Typical site plan                    9
Sutherland, South Africa
1m enclosures - Cerro Tololo, Chile                                      11
First 1m installed at MacDonald Observatory, Texas - 29 March 2012First light image - 1 April 2012
Site Weather   http://lcogt.net/weather
Education & Outreach
Education partners   Faulkes Telescope Project            IfA Hawaii   Space to Grow programme           (Australia)•Using...
Education & Citizen Science• Promote science investigations• Provide technological resources•Work with existing organisati...
Interactive resources
http://lcogt.net/observations   Observation archive
http://lcogt.net/virtualsky   Virtual Sky
Star in a Box   html,js,csshttp://lcogt.net/starinabox
Django, html, js,css, blood,              Agent Exoplanet     sweat & tearshttp://portal.lcogt.net/agentexoplanet
betaLCOGT Citizen science framework • Focused and directed core projects • Shallow learning curve before start online obse...
betaLCOGT Citizen science framework
Celebrities using telescopes               Show Me Stars     and tweeting observationshttp://portal.lcogt.net/showmestars
Agent µExoplanetFuture Projects   Agent All-sky                  Agent NEO                  Agent Supernova
Summary• Global network of 42 telescopes: 2m, 1m, 0.4m• Full deployment 2013-2014• Available to both professional and non-...
Links • http://lcogt.net/ • http://lcogt.net/education • http://lcogt.net/network         Sign up for our newsletter  http...
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Las Cumbres Observatory: Building a Global Telescope Network

  1. 1. Las Cumbres ObservatoryBuilding a global network for professional and citizen scientists Edward Gomez Director of education and public engagement
  2. 2. Our Goals ✤ Establish and build a durable scientific institution dedicated to time-domain astrophysics ✤ Use astronomical research to inspire critical thinking & technical understanding in citizen scientists of all ages
  3. 3. Wayne Rosing The Boss
  4. 4. Global network
  5. 5. Time domain astronomy 0.4m Maui China? 0.8m Texas ? x 1m 3 x 1m 2m 4 x 0.4m Tenerife, Canary Islands ? x 0.4m 2 x 0.4m 4 x 0.4m 3 x 1m 2 x 1m Cerro Tololo, Chile Sutherland, S. Africa Siding Spring 4 x 0.4m 4 x 0.4m 3 x 1m 3 x 1m 2m 2 x 0.4m 2 x 1m 2 201342+ Telescopes = 2 x 2m, 16 x 1m, 24 x 0.4m + 2 2
  6. 6. ScienceLCOGT research Wider Community• Exoplanets • Open call for semesterised proposals • Transits • Multi-year Key Projects proposals • Microlensing • Adaptive network scheduler• Supernovae • Spectrograph, high-cadence camera, sky-mapper at each site • Palomar Transient Factory • 82 hours per calendar day at full • Supernova Cosmology project deployment• Solar System • NEO follow-up and identification
  7. 7. Telescope Classes 2m x 2 1m x 16 0.4m x 242005 2012 2007 2007
  8. 8. Santa Barbara, California : Headquarters
  9. 9. Typical site plan 9
  10. 10. Sutherland, South Africa
  11. 11. 1m enclosures - Cerro Tololo, Chile 11
  12. 12. First 1m installed at MacDonald Observatory, Texas - 29 March 2012First light image - 1 April 2012
  13. 13. Site Weather http://lcogt.net/weather
  14. 14. Education & Outreach
  15. 15. Education partners Faulkes Telescope Project IfA Hawaii Space to Grow programme (Australia)•Using 2m time with localamateurs, schools, teachers,undergraduates• Teacher training
  16. 16. Education & Citizen Science• Promote science investigations• Provide technological resources•Work with existing organisations • you support your userbase/programme using our resources • 100 hours per day available
  17. 17. Interactive resources
  18. 18. http://lcogt.net/observations Observation archive
  19. 19. http://lcogt.net/virtualsky Virtual Sky
  20. 20. Star in a Box html,js,csshttp://lcogt.net/starinabox
  21. 21. Django, html, js,css, blood, Agent Exoplanet sweat & tearshttp://portal.lcogt.net/agentexoplanet
  22. 22. betaLCOGT Citizen science framework • Focused and directed core projects • Shallow learning curve before start online observing • Data processing tools online and seamlessly connected • Data quickly and simply analyzed by public • Individual’s results pooled and displayed as part of everyone’s results for the project • Publish results to online
  23. 23. betaLCOGT Citizen science framework
  24. 24. Celebrities using telescopes Show Me Stars and tweeting observationshttp://portal.lcogt.net/showmestars
  25. 25. Agent µExoplanetFuture Projects Agent All-sky Agent NEO Agent Supernova
  26. 26. Summary• Global network of 42 telescopes: 2m, 1m, 0.4m• Full deployment 2013-2014• Available to both professional and non-professionals to make proposals• Citizen Science projects from LCOGT and community• All observing, project management, and analysis done online• We provide the resources, you provide the community, together we do science
  27. 27. Links • http://lcogt.net/ • http://lcogt.net/education • http://lcogt.net/network Sign up for our newsletter http://lcogt.net/newsletter/signup THANK YOU

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