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.
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.
LT's polarimetry helps disentangle the cause of double-peaked optical outbursts
The Liverpool Telescope (LT) recently took part in a ground-breaking campaign to accurately measure the rotational rate of one of the most massive black holes in the universe: the powerhouse behind blazar OJ287. Details behind the discovery are given in a paper in the Astrophysical Journal Letters entitled "Primary Black Hole Spin in OJ287 as Determined by the General Relativity Centenary Flare" by M. J. Valtonen et al (2016).