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.
RAS Specialist Discussion on the Liverpool Telescope and Liverpool Telescope 2.
The presentations from the meeting are available as PDF files here.
Black hole caught having a snack
1600 GMT 18 Nov 2014
We don't as yet know very much about black holes, but one thing we
do know is that it's not a good idea to get too close to one of
them! Their powerful gravitational pull can rip apart anything that
passes nearby. Yet a star may have survived such a close encounter,
an encounter that was recently observed by Dr David Bersier of LJMU's
Astrophysics Research Institute and his colleagues using the Liverpool
Rapid SPRAT confirmation of a Gaia transient: it's a dwarf nova!
1200 GMT 16 Oct 2014
One of the secondary goals of the Gaia Space Telescope is to survey
the whole sky for variables and transients, objects that suddenly
increase in brightness. The Gaia Photometric Science Alerts programme
hosted by Cambridge University in the U.K. has recently gone public,
and one of the first alerts released has been robotically observed by
the Liverpool Telescope. As part of a campaign of rapid follow-up
observations with the newly-commissioned SPRAT spectrograph, a group
of LJMU astronomers have just released the first Astronomer's
Telegram based on a Gaia transient alert.
LT discovers the sixth eruption of a remarkable Recurrent Nova in M31
1700 GMT 14 Oct 2014
The LT has in recent weeks been doing what it does best: making
exciting discoveries in time domain astronomy! A team led by Dr Matt
Darnley of the Astrophysics Research Institute at LJMU has detected
the latest eruption of a remarkable Recurrent Nova (RN) in the nearby
galaxy M31. This object is particularly noteworthy because of the
frequency of its eruptions. Most RNe undergo an outburst once every
10-100 years; the RN in M31 seems to erupt annually.
Darnley and his team were the first to spot the latest eruption
of the nova and, thanks to the LT's robotic capabilities, have been
able to monitor the event with images and spectra obtained every few
hours/days over a period of a few weeks. They have certainly not let the
grass grow under their feet, having made full use of the
recently-commissioned optical spectrograph, SPRAT.
LJMU scientists announce the arrival of SPRAT, an exciting new instrument on the Liverpool Telescope
1300 GMT 5 Sep 2014
Astronomers from the Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) of
Liverpool John Moores University recently announced the successful
commissioning of an exciting new instrument on the Liverpool Telescope
to colleagues and collaborators at an international conference in
Poland. The conference, which was held in Warsaw in early September,
brought together researchers from across Europe who are interested in
observing variables and "transients" - objects that vary in brightness
suddenly and dramatically. The meeting focused on objects that will
be discovered with the GAIA space telescope, an ESA mission that was
launched late last year. The LT will undoubtedly be a key player in
this area of astronomical research. Affectionately known as SPRAT,
the SPectrometer for the Rapid
Acquisition of Transients will
provide astronomers with the opportunity to rapidly observe and
analyse the light from all manner of variable objects.