2019B proposals

PI Name PI Institution Title Semesters FLOYDS (2m) Spectral (2m) Muscat (2m) NRES (1m) Sinistro (1m) SBIG (0.4m) GHTS REDCAM (4.0m) GHTS REDCAM IMAGER (4.0m)
Dragomir D MIT Hunting for the period of a warm giant exoplanet orbiting a bright star Hunting for the period of a warm giant exoplanet orbiting a bright star TESS observed the second transit of TOI 173.01 during sector 13 (in June/July 2019), so after the LCO deadline for 2019B proposals. If we submit this proposal as part of the normal time allocation process for 2020A, we will miss many valuable transit opportunities prior to December 1, as well as its peak observability window this season. If appropriate, we can submit a proposal to the regular call for 2020A to cover the December 6 window. We note that ongoing LCO programs for TESS follow-up (led by Markus Rabus and Karen Collins) are running low on time and cannot spend much (if any) time on TOI 173. 2019B 2020A

Faulkes Telescope Project

PI Name PI Institution Title Semesters FLOYDS (2m) Spectral (2m) Muscat (2m) NRES (1m) Sinistro (1m) SBIG (0.4m) GHTS REDCAM (4.0m) GHTS REDCAM IMAGER (4.0m)
Roche P Faulkes Telescope Project PR FTP Education - Queue FTP Education - Queue FTP Education - Queue 2014A 2019B 2016B 2018B 2015A 2015B 2020B 2014B 2019A 2020A 2016A 2017AB 2018A 10 260 10 152 100
Roche P Faulkes Telescope Project PR FTP Education (Gaia Alerts) FTP Education (Gaia Alerts) FTP Education (Gaia Alerts) 2017AB 2018A 2018B 2019A 2019B 2020A

Las Cumbres Observatory - Education Programs

PI Name PI Institution Title Semesters FLOYDS (2m) Spectral (2m) Muscat (2m) NRES (1m) Sinistro (1m) SBIG (0.4m) GHTS REDCAM (4.0m) GHTS REDCAM IMAGER (4.0m)
Fitzgerald M Edith Cowan University Our Solar Siblings queue Our Solar Siblings queue 2014B 2015A 2015B 2016A 2016B 2017AB 2018A 2018B 2019A 2019B 2020A 2020B 335
Gomez E LCO LCO Education development LCO Education development 2019B 2018B 2016B 2015A 2015B 2020B 2014B 2019A 2020A 2016A 2017AB 2018A 2 2 2 20 75
Gerbaldi M Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris Astrolab - Starlight in the university lab Astrolab - Starlight in the university lab Astrolab - Starlight in the university lab 2018A 2018B 2019A 2019B 2020A 2020B 48
Rodríguez Eugenio N Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias PETeR (Educational Project with Robotic Telescopes) PETeR (Educational Project with Robotic Telescopes) PETeR (Educational Project with Robotic Telescopes) 2018A 2018B 2019A 2019B 2020A 2020B 15
Freed R Institute for Student Astronomical Research Astronomy Research Seminars for High School and Undergraduate Instructors and Students Astronomy Research Seminars for High School and Undergraduate Instructors and Students Astronomy Research Seminars for High School and Undergraduate Instructors and Students 2018A 2018B 2019A 2019B 2020A 2020B 48
Boyce P BRIEF STEM Through Astronomy Research - San Diego STEM Through Astronomy Research - San Diego STEM Through Astronomy Research - San Diego 2018A 2018B 2019A 2019B 2020A 2020B 63
Swift J The Thacher School Thacher Supernovae Thacher Supernovae Thacher Supernovae 2018A 2018B 2019A 2019B
Tock K Stanford Online High School Stanford Online High School Stanford Online High School Addition to Education Partners Program 2018B 2019A 2019B 2020A 2020B 24
Gomez E LCO Serol's Cosmic Explorers Serol's Cosmic Explorers 2018B 2019A 2019B 2020A 2020B 24
Thurber B Educational Continuum Org, GHOU 100 Hours for 100 Schools 100 Hours for 100 Schools 100 Hours for 100 Schools will build the on-going collaborative programme between Global Hands-On Universe and LCO, 50 hours for 50 nations. This programme will deliver unique activities in astronomy to teachers all over the world, with 100 schools from at least 50 countries being selected. Each school will use LCO to image deep sky objects for use in their classrooms with their students. 2019A 2019B 2020A 2020B 70
Gleim B Glendale Community College GCC Cluster Map and Asteroid Hunt GCC Cluster Map and Asteroid Hunt The Astronomy Club at Glendale Community College will use LCO telescopes for public engagement and educational research. Honors students and club members will work together as one research cohort and engage in the authentic practice of experimental design and execution as they carry out two observing projects: mapping a star cluster and hunting for asteroids. 2019A 2019B 2020B 35
Liu B YATL YATL Astronomy Research Project for High School YATL Astronomy Research Project for High School Youth Astronomy Teachers' Link (YATL) is a Chinese astronomy education NGO affiliated with Beijing Normal University Education Foundation. YATL works to build connections between young astronomers, astronomy teachers and students who are interested in astronomy. With the observing time awarded by LCO, the project will provide high school students with the opportunity to do real astronomical research, meet prestigious astronomers and present their results at international conferences. 2019A 2019B 2020A 2020B 20
Peticolas L Sonoma State University Bringing Astronomy Research to Underrepresented Groups Bringing Astronomy Research to Underrepresented Groups This program is unique in its requirement for publication by students, and has been successful due to the large Community-of-Practice involved in the program. This proposal would expand the seminar to other groups of students, outside of Cuesta. The longer-term goal is to expand the program nationally, incorporating a larger community being established through the Global Telescope Network (GTN). Working with advanced amateurs, such as AAVSO members, as well as NASA and other subject matter experts, we hope to include research projects on eclipsing binaries, asteroids and exoplanet transits. This is a pilot program aimed at scaling the research seminar nationally and internationally. 2019A 2019B 2020A 2020B 68
Boyajian T LSU Where's the flux Where's the flux KIC 8462852 is a star that citizen scientists identified to have unusual brightness variations. This otherwise seemingly normal F star underwent erratic and completely unpredictable dips in flux ranging from <1% to more than 20%, with each event lasting from days to weeks at a time. In addition to this puzzling variability, the star was later discovered to undergo variable secular declines in its brightness over month, year, decade, and even century-long timescales. We propose to conduct weekly, multi-band photometric monitoring of this star with the LCO 40-cm network in order to measure the extent and chromaticity of the secular dimming throughout the 2019 calendar year. Additionally, this proposal will allow for our community to respond and follow the start of any “dip” identified by more frequent AAVSO measurements, through Reddit. 2019A 2019B 2020A 2020B 36

Las Cumbres Observatory - Science Programs

PI Name PI Institution Title Semesters FLOYDS (2m) Spectral (2m) Muscat (2m) NRES (1m) Sinistro (1m) SBIG (0.4m) GHTS REDCAM (4.0m) GHTS REDCAM IMAGER (4.0m)
Lund M CalTech/IPAC-NExScI An Unusual, Possibly Pulsating, EB An Unusual, Possibly Pulsating, EB Our goal is to get multiband photometry of this object concurrent with 30-minute cadence observations currently being taken by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) in order to characterize the nature of this system. This target is currently being observed with 30-minute cadence by TESS as part of sector 9 observations until March 26, 2019. This provides the opportunity for ground-based photometry to complement the TESS observations with additional bandpasses to search for any color dependencies in both the 2 day sinusoidal variations and the eclipses that occur 6 days. This request for DDT is made through the author’s current affiliation with IPAC. 2019A 2019B

National Optical Astronomy Observatory

PI Name PI Institution Title Semesters FLOYDS (2m) Spectral (2m) Muscat (2m) NRES (1m) Sinistro (1m) SBIG (0.4m) GHTS REDCAM (4.0m) GHTS REDCAM IMAGER (4.0m)
Miles-Paez P The University of Western Ontario The Spitzer search for Earth-sized planets around ultra-cool dwarfs: using LCO 1-m telescopes to confirm transits The Spitzer search for Earth-sized planets around ultra-cool dwarfs: using LCO 1-m telescopes to confirm transits We are commencing a large (1075 hours) {sl Spitzer Space Telescope} program to detect Earth-sized planets around carefully selected ultra- cool dwarfs. We will continuously monitor each of our 15 M7-T2 equator- on targets over three days to detect transits from habitable-zone planets. However, our monochromatic {sl Spitzer} observations leave ambiguity about the true nature of the target's light curve fluctuations, since ultra-cool dwarfs are commonly spotted. We seek simultaneous, uninterrupted I-band observations with the LCO 1 m telescope network to confirm the achromatic signature of exoplanetary transits. Two of our 15 targets are continuously observable with the LCO in semester 2019A. We seek 80 contiguous hours per target. 2019A 2019B