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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Photography as art in LJMU online feature

Robert Smith's "Iridis" image of the Cat's Eye Nebula (featured in full here) has inspired an article on the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) main website about the more general concept of science as art, and art as science. The image won the Robotic Scope Special Prize at the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016. [full story]

SPRAT pipeline upgrade

The LT's SPectrograph for the Rapid Acquisition of Transients (SPRAT) recently got flux calibration added to its Level 2 pipeline. This will prove to be very useful for LT users performing the transient classification work that SPRAT is regularly used for. [full story]

Liverpool Telescope at the forefront of the search for other Earths

The Liverpool Telescope has helped to find seven Earth-sized worlds. The discovery of a system of seven Earth-sized planets just 40 light-years away was made possible by a team of astronomers from across the world. The research, published in Nature this week, was led by the STAR Institute at the University of Liège, and used the orbiting NASA Spitzer Space Telescope in addition to ground-based facilities including the Liverpool Telescope. [full story]

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]

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