We are celebrating our 1st anniversary since first light was achieved last year. In honour of this, our first light target, the globular cluster M13, was revisited. It has been a busy year, with close to 23,000 exposure sets being taken so far.
GOTO has had first light!
After an intensive week of installation work, the first actual GOTO image was taken in the night of 10-11 June, on La Palma. The picture is below.
A team consisting of people from Warwick University (Danny Steeghs, Krzysztof Ulaczyk, James McCormac and Paul Chote), together with a handful of engineers, have been putting the telescope together: mount, boom-arm and the four individual unit telescopes. Some time-lapse videos of the installation are available on YouTube.
The Astronomy group at Warwick University is seeking to appoint several post-doctoral research fellows in the area of astrophysical transients to support ambitious programmes of research addressing the nature of gravitational wave transients, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae and tidal disruption events.
One post will involve the early science operations of GOTO. The post is available for 3 years in the first instance and funded through the STFC.
Two posts are available in support of the ERC project “Transient Engine Driven Explosions, TEDE”. We anticipate that we will appoint one position in the area of gravitational wave transients, while the other position will be focused on observations of ultra-long GRBs, tidal disruption events and other engine-driven electromagnetically detected systems. These posts are available for up to 5 years.
Deadline for all three positions is April 1, 2017.
The University of Leicester (UK) has a three year PhD position available to work on the search for electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational waves. The successful applicant will work with prof. P. O'Brien and dr. R. Starling.
Deadline for application is April 10, 2017.
We are pleased to welcome the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) as additional partner institute within the GOTO collaboration. Our collaboration with NARIT will also include exchanges of students and research staff as well as direct capital contributions from NARIT towards additional telescopes and instruments for the GOTO array.
The first GOTO dome was installed on site at the end of November, ready to house the first mount and telescopes. The 18ft clamshell dome offers panoramic access to the sky. The instrumentation for the first 4 telescopes is also now on La Palma.
A PhD position is available to work on the search for electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave sources using GOTO. The position is at the University of Leicester, working with members of the GOTO team. Applications are welcome up until 31 March 2017. The successful applicant would be expected to start their PhD in October 2017.
The main construction has now been completed. Piers, platforms, cable ducts and hatches as well as walkway and steps are all done. We also have chunky supporting walls as our platforms are wedged into the mountainside. See the galleries for some more images.