The Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer
8 Jul 2017 — Inauguration
11 Jun 2017 — First light
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.