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LCO celebrates Chilean Astronomy Day

After two years of online activities, the Las Campanas Observatory celebrated Astronomy Day with in-person events in La Serena and Vallenar. To celebrate this science, activities are held throughout the country, focusing on contingent issues such as light pollution. The activities were aimed at students and the community in general and organized in conjunction with…

Strategic Planning Process for the Carnegie Observatories and LCO

Dear Carnegie Observatories and LCO communities, The next decade will bring exciting advances in astronomy. A new generation of telescopes on space and the ground, including the GMT, and advances in theoretical research, instrumentation on existing telescopes, and the availability of new and unprecedented datasets promise a bright future for astronomical research. In this context,…

LCO joins GMTO and Ecoscience to bring astronomy to northern Chile

After 2 years of virtual operation, the Mobile Laboratory “Conciencia Astronomía”, known as LabMóvil, is back on the road and back to its face-to-face activities in this science thanks to a recent collaboration between the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMTO) and the EcoScience Foundation with Las Campanas Observatory (LCO), part of the Carnegie Institution for Science.…

Release 20222502

Dear LCO community, We are happy to announce that we will return to operating both Magellan telescopes starting on March 1, 2022. All observations will continue to be taken remotely until further notice. Thank you as always for your patience and understanding. Best, John Mulchaey, Polo Infante and David Osip

35 years since the discovery of Supernova 1987A

Stars have a life cycle, and their end depends mainly on their initial mass. One of these endings is supernovae, highly energetic events that cause the parent star to disappear. Thirty-five years ago, on the night of February 24, 1987, astronomer Ian Shelton and Instrument and Operations Specialist Oscar Duhalde discovered a bright supernova in…

Release 20220215

Dear LCO Community, Due to the continued high number of Covid-19 infections and staffing shortages, we are extending the closure of the Clay telescope through February 28, 2022. The number of cases appears to be leveling off in Chile and we are hopeful we can return to operating both Magellan telescopes on March 1, 2022. …

LCO Instrument & Operations Support Specialist 

The Las Campanas Observatory (LCO) of the Carnegie Institution for Science Observatories – a world-class astronomical institution – is seeking an engineer/scientist to work in the role of instrumentation and operations support at the twin 6.5m Magellan telescopes. LCO operates the telescopes on behalf of a consortium of universities, as well as a suite of…