Rob Siverd from the Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) will come speak at the Reserve about exciting fields in astronomy! LCO which has headquarters in Goleta is the center of a world-wide network of telescopes that allows you to stay "in the dark". How? LCO has telescopes spread across 5 continents and through using the robotic telescopes via the internet, they are able to continuously watch the night sky and events happening lightyears away. Rob will speak about the different telescopes, where they are located, and the current projects that are being conducted. Sedgwick was the prototype of the system and gave LCO the opportunity to develop critical control software years before the rest of the system was produced.
After the lecture we will walk up to the telescope and have a chance to see inside.