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]
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.
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.