The Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer
The Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO) project has as its primary objective to identify optical counterparts to gravitational wave events.
24 Apr 2020 — Two fellowships awarded to GOTO members
5 Mar 2020 — Funding approved for GOTO expansion
The GOTO project consists of multiple 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. An initial prototype phase using a single mount with 4 telescope units made observations from 2017 onwards, including throughout the 3rd LIGO/Virgo observing period (O3), The second phase will deploy a full-scale instrument at the La Palma site, as well as developing a second site in Australia.
The project is a collaboration between Warwick University, Monash University, University of Sheffield, University of Leicester, Armagh Observatory & Planetarium, the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, University of Turku, University of Portsmouth University of Manchester and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias.