A global robotic telescope network for time-domain science

R. A. Street, T. A. Lister, Y. Tsapras, A. Shporer, F. B. Bianco, B. J. Fulton, D. A. Howell, B. Dilday, M. Graham, D. Sand, J. Parent, T. Brown, K. Horne, M. Dominik, P. Browne, C. Snodgrass, N. Kains, D. Bramich, N. Law, I. Steele

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Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) is currently building a new kind of general-purpose astronomical facility: a fully robotic network of telescopes of 2m, 1m and 0.4m apertures and homogeneous instrumentation. A pan-network approach to scheduling (rather than per individual telescope) offers redundancy in the event of poor weather or technical failure, as well as the ability to observe a target around the clock. Here we describe the network design and instrumentation under development, together with the main science programmes already being lead by LCOGT staff.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
ISSN (Print)17439213
ISSN (Electronic)17439221



  • instrumentation: photometers
  • instrumentation: spectrographs
  • stars: planetary systems
  • stars: supernovae
  • telescopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Street, R. A., Lister, T. A., Tsapras, Y., Shporer, A., Bianco, F. B., Fulton, B. J., Howell, D. A., Dilday, B., Graham, M., Sand, D., Parent, J., Brown, T., Horne, K., Dominik, M., Browne, P., Snodgrass, C., Kains, N., Bramich, D., Law, N., & Steele, I. (2011). A global robotic telescope network for time-domain science. In Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union (S285 ed., Vol. 7, pp. 408-410). (Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union; Vol. 7, No. S285). https://doi.org/10.1017/S174392131200124X