Posted on September 23, 2020
Call for commissioning science SOUL-LUCI1
In order to exploit the new instrument niche and assess its scientific capabilities at this commissioning stage, the LBT astronomical community is asked to submit proposals for observation to be carried out.

Observational Period: Nov 1-6, 2020.
Deadline for Proposals: Oct 8, 2020

Read announcement here


Posted on September 7, 2020
The Pepsi Exoplanet Transit Survey Workshop
Mark the date! The Pepsi Exoplanet Transit Survey (PETS@LBT) Workshop is scheduled on Tuesday Sep 22 – 6am to 9am AZ time (13:00-16:00 UTC).

In this Workshop, a community proposal for a large LBT program will be discussed, to be submitted shortly thereafter. A high-resolution spectroscopic survey of exoplanet transits, secondary eclipses, and host-star characterizations of selected targets are proposed; dubbed the “PEPSI/LBT Exoplanet Transit Survey (PETS)”. Immediate goal is characterizing the planetary and stellar atmospheres in detail. During a 3-hr Zoom meeting the strengths and uniqueness of this proposal and recall shortcomings will be emphasized. The survey requests 40 nights in total or 12.5 nights per semester for two years in order to observe a representative number of targets starting in semester 2021A. More information here

Posted on July 26, 2020
LBT Pepsi Survey
We'd like to inform you of a scientific opportunity to use the PEPSI (Postdam Echelle Polarimetric and Spectroscopic Instrument), the very high resolution spectrograph that is available as a facility instrument for all LBT partners. The PI of the Instrument, Klaus Strassmeier, is proposing a survey open to all partners named "PEPSI Deep Spectrum" aimed at collecting a seton of spectra of stars with exoplanet transits to characterise the planet and the stars. Klaus is offering 10 observing nights taken from his GTO time and data reduction with the team dedicated pipeline. The immediate goal of this initiative is to verify the scientific interest among the partners and prepare a proposal for evaluation. Here you can find his announcement with more details and, for those interested, the way to be engaged in the proposal preparation. PEPSI Survey Announcement

Posted on July 24, 2020
Updates about our operations at LBT during this pandemic period.
LBT status. The C19 outbreak is still having a big impact on the LBT operations. Even if the telescope reopened early in June, travel restrictions and mitigation procedures based on social distancing are heavily affecting both the observations and maintenance schedules. Being the daily access to the mountain restricted to a couple of people, regular support only is guaranteed. Extraordinary maintenance, that usually involves more people, had to be postponed. Observations under C19. Due to the safety protocols adopted at the AZ Campus, observations are mainly performed remotely by the LBT support astronomers from their homes. During the INAF runs they have been in close contact with our observing team that operate in eyedropping mode. This observing mode will be carried out in the next semester 2020B (sept20 - Jan21). INAF schedule in 2020B. Since we lost about 90% of the observing time in 2020A due to the lockdown and, given the ongoing uncertainties, we have decided to postpone the new call and continue observing the proposals already submitted last year. We will revisit the situation in the fall. The commissioning of the new AO system SOUL (PI. Enrico Pinna) is ongoing with very promising results and we plan to open a specific call for a science verification phase in winter. Discretionary Time (DT) is still available (see par. 1.4 of the last call). Users interested in these INAF-DT projects must contact LBT-ITALIA by email.

Posted on May 27, 2020
LBTO and COVID-19 Phase 2: Re-opening the observatory
On May 26, LBTO has started to get ready for a "C-19 observing mode" based on a desire to segregate the Graham County staff (where the mountain staff resides) and the Tucson-based staff as much as possible, in order to avoid making the observatory on Mt Graham a connection between the two communities. More info

Posted on April 24, 2020
COVID-19: Call for Proposals 2020-2021 postponed
Due to the Current LBT Observatory Lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LBT Italian Call for Proposals 2020-2021 has been postponed until further notice. More info

Posted on March 19, 2020
COVID-19 - Shutdown of the telescope
In order to limit the number of social interactions and slow the rate of transmission, LBTO has shut down the telescope on top of Mount Graham. For more information visit the LBTO official website

Posted on March 6, 2020
Blazar da record sotto gli occhi di LBT
Pso J030947+27 è il blazar a oggi più distante mai osservato. La sua luce che riceviamo ora è stata emessa quando l’universo aveva meno di un miliardo di anni, ovvero circa il 7 per cento della sua età attuale, stimata in 13,8 miliardi di anni. Full Media