The Liverpool Telescope is a 2.0 metre unmanned fully robotic telescope at the Observatorio del Roque de Los Muchachos on the Canary island of La Palma. It is owned and operated by Liverpool John Moores University, with financial support from STFC.

Latest News from the LT
Job Vacancy: Astronomical Instrument Developer — 1 year fixed term

Liverpool John Moores University's Astrophysics Research Institute is seeking an Astronomical Instrument Developer to lead development of a new STFC-funded polarimeter for the Liverpool Telescope (LT), and also to contribute to other projects for both the LT and the proposed 4.0 metre New Robotic Telescope (LT2). The full-time academic post is fixed term 12 months, and the deadline for applications is 24th April 2018. [more details]

Semester 2018B Call for Proposals

The LT telescope allocation committee has issued its call for proposals from the JMU, PATT and CAT TACs. The deadline for JMU and PATT is 17:00 GMT 17 April. The deadline for CAT was 23:59 GMT 3rd April and has now passed. [full story]

New Robotic Telescope workshop held in Liverpool

On 18-19 January the Astrophysics Research Institute hosted LJMU's partners and prospective partners in the 4.0m New Robotic Telescope (NRT) project for a two-day workshop in Liverpool. LJMU staff were joined by representatives from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, and by videolink the National Astronomical Observatory of China. The workshop focussed on the new science the telescope will enable and the new technologies needed to build the telescope, and discussed the building and formalising of the funding consortium. [full story]

Interstellar visitor tracked with LT

The interstellar object currently exiting the Solar System has finally been named as ‘Oumuamua, Hawaiian for "reach out for" (‘Ou) and "very first/in advance of" (mua mua). Thus the name "reflects the way this object is like a scout or messenger sent from the distant past."

The LT was among the first wave of telescopes around the world to observe ‘Oumuamua thanks to quick action by one of its users. Data from all of the telescopes observing this object have revealed many interesting facts about this visitor from another star system. [full story]

Liverpool Telescope project shortlisted for Research Project of the Year

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is one of six institutions shortlisted for Research Project of the Year: STEM in this year's Times Higher Awards.

The nomination has been awarded for the use of the SPRAT spectrograph in the study of the unique recurrent nova M31N 2008-12a in the Andromeda Galaxy. SPRAT (SPectrograph for the Rapid Analysis of Transients) was designed and built in late 2014 by the LJMU telescope group. It uses volume phase holographic gratings to maximise efficiency and has proved to be a powerful tool for transient classification with minimal human intervention. [full story]

Spectacular pictures added to LT Picture Gallery

An album of over seventy spectacular pictures made from LT data has just been added to the LT Picture Gallery. The pictures were made by taking archived greyscale IO:O data that had been observed through effectively red, green and blue filters, and combining them in various ways to produce colour images. This skilful post-processing was performed by Swedish amateur astrophotographers Göran Nilsson and Wim van Berlo. [full story]

RISE model
New Filter for RISE

[UPDATE (26 July): The filter has now been changed] The RISE fast-readout camera is having its "V+R" filter replaced with a 720 nm long-pass filter on 26th July 2017. This is being done to enhance the capabilities of the camera with regard to measurement of exoplanet transits around late-type, red dwarf stars. More details can be found in the "Filter" section of the RISE instrument page.

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