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.

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Job vacancy for Instrument Scientist

A 12-month fixed-term vacancy exists for an Instrument Scientist in the Technology Group within the Astrophysics Research Institute. The deadline for applications is 5th December 2016. You will have responsibility for developing new ideas in science, instrumentation and data handling for time domain astrophysics. You will work with engineering staff to prototype new ideas and test systems and lead instrument commissioning. You will also be expected to contribute to the research work of the Institute at an internationally competitive level. [More details]

LT tracks rare microlensed quasar

In a great illustration of the power of LT's long term monitoring capabilities, the Gravitational LENses and DArk MAtter (GLENDAMA) team has been conducting optical monitoring of about ten gravitationally lensed quasars with the LT since 2005. The light curves of double quasar SDSS J1339+1310 have recently been published (Goicoechea and Shalyapin, 2016) and show a time delay of 47 days between the source images, and interestingly also reveal different microlensing along the two light paths. [full story]

Liverpool Telescope seeking new members for user group committee

We seek expressions of interest from researchers at all career stages with an interest in time­‐domain astronomy and/or active users of the Liverpool Telescope to join the LT User Group (LTUG). The LTUG is an advisory committee which evaluates and comments upon the day­‐to-day operations of the telescope, the performance of the observatory and its instruments. [full story]

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016

JMU employee Robert Smith has claimed a prize in the prestigious international photography competition, the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year, with an image obtained from the Liverpool Telescope. [full story]

The Liverpool Telescope's tracking of Gaia

The extremely high precision of the recent Gaia Data Release 1 (DR1) catalogue of star positions and velocities is due in part to very accurate tracking of the Gaia satellite itself from the ground. The LT plays a major role in this crucial task: [full story].

LT adds spectroscopy to its automatic rapid-response capabilities

The low-resolution spectrograph SPRAT recently joined IO:O and IO:I as an instrument that can be accessed by an alternative method — that in some cases can be faster, more convenient, and allow for immediate response to transient events (TAC permitting of course). This method is called RTML, and more details of how it's used by the LT, and how astronomers with TAC-allocated time can use it, can be read in the full story here.

Liverpool Telescope Involved in Gravitational Wave Followup Campaign

The Liverpool Telescope is part of a followup collaboration of telescopes set up to find the electromagnetic component of gravitational wave events detected by the Advanced Laser Interferometer for Gravitational-wave Observations (aLIGO). In a paper entitled "Liverpool Telescope follow-up of candidate electromagnetic counterparts during the first run of Advanced LIGO" Chris Copperwheat et al discusses the LT contribution to the follow-up campaign, and describes in detail the LT's followup strategy and its observations of the candidates GW objects. The paper is currently available from here: https://arxiv.org/abs/1606.04574. [full story]

Memorandum Of Understanding signed for development of new 4-metre class telescope

LJMU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Nigel Weatherill and the Director of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) Prof Rafael Rebolo López have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the design, construction and operation of the new 4.0 metre telescope which will be on a bigger scale than the current Liverpool Telescope (LT) which has been studying the cosmos and making discoveries for over a decade.

The new telescope will be built on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma and will be 4 times more sensitive and 10 times faster to respond to unexpected celestial events than the current world-record-holding 2-metre LT, also based on La Palma.
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