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.

FRODOspec offline: The protective conduit around the FRODOspec fibre bundle has recently been damaged. The instrument is currently offline and is unlikely to be available until mid-September. Users are encouraged to contact us with any concerns they may have.

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RAS specialist discussion meeting on time domain astronomy with LT and LT2
1600 GMT 15 Aug 2014

Researchers in transient and time domain astronomy are invited to attend a Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) Specialist Discussion Meeting in London on Friday, 14 November, 2014. The discussion will focus on astronomy and astrophysics with the Liverpool Telescope and Liverpool Telescope 2. The aims of the meeting are to showcase the many varied programmes that are active on the Liverpool Telescope, to stimulate new collaborations and ideas, and to engage with the community regarding our plans for the future.
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Research Council confirms future Liverpool Telescope Operations funding
1600 GMT 6 Aug 2014

The Liverpool Telescope is delighted to announce confirmation of receipt of a grant for £250,000 per year from the U.K. Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). This grant will support the operation of the LT over the next two years initially (staring 1 October 2014) as part of a five year Business Plan recently endorsed by the STFC's LT Oversight Committee. The funding ensures continuing access to the telescope for a wide range of astronomers and astrophysicists from Universities and Institutes across the UK and internationally.
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OPTICON Call for Proposals 2015A
1500 GMT 28 July 2014

The call for observing time supported by the OPTICON Trans-National Access programme is now open. It will close at exactly 23:59 UT on Sunday, 31 August 2014. The current call covers semester 15A (February - July 2015). Proposals must meet certain EU and OPTICON rules for formal eligibility concerning team membership. Broadly speaking, the PI and at least half of the Co-Is must be working at institutions from EU member states or EU associated countries that are outside the country/ies which own the telescope (in this case, the UK). The maximum amount of time available at the LT is 50 hours; this time may be shared between projects or allocated to a single proposal. IO:O, RINGO3, RISE and FRODOspec are expected to be available. Please contact us if you have any questions, and note that proposals must be prepared and submitted using the OPTICON application procedure.

Rapid-response monitoring of a "nearby monster"
1500 GMT 17 June 2014

On April 27, 2013 many of the world's astronomers observed the brightest Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB) ever detected by the Swift satellite. Named GRB 130427A, it was one of the most energetic nearby events ever encountered. At a redshift of z = 0.3399, which corresponds to a distance of only 3.6 billion light years, GRB 130427A was a truly unique and extraordinary "nearby monster".

GRBs trace the most energetic explosions in the Universe. Some are believed to occur after the merger of two compact objects - a pair of neutron stars or a neutron star and a black hole. Others may be caused by the collapse of a rapidly-rotating massive star. The former are classified as short-GRBs, due to the very limited durations of their gamma-ray emission (less than a few seconds). The latter are classified as long-GRBs, since the mean duration of their "prompt emission" phase lasts longer than a few tens of seconds...
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Bumps, Burps and Bangs hit this year's National Astronomy Meeting in Portsmouth
1100 GMT 9 May 2014

The Liverpool Telescope team will once again be leading a session on Time Domain Astronomy at this year's U.K. National Astronomy Meeting. Entitled Bumps, Burps and Bangs - Transient and Time Domain Astronomy in the U.K., the two-block session has attracted the attention of researchers in the field from across the U.K. In all, 23 abstracts were submitted spanning topics in galactic, extra-galactic and solar system astrophysics. The schedule of oral presentations and a list of posters to be presented is now available...
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