The Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer

GOTO site
The first GOTO dome at Roque de Los Muchachos observatory on La Palma.

News

8 Jul 2017 — Inauguration

11 Jun 2017 — First light

About

The Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO) is a project to identify optical counterparts to gravitational wave events.

The GOTO project consists of a set of wide-field telescopes on a single mount, necessary to map the large source regions on the sky that accompany detections of gravitational waves with LIGO and VIRGO. After an initial test phase using a prototype instrument in 2017, the second phase aims for deployment of the full instrument. A later phase may see a second telescope in Australia.