Gravitational Wave follow-up with the PIRATE telescope

Roberts, Dean and Kolb, Ulrich (2016). Gravitational Wave follow-up with the PIRATE telescope. The Open University.


The recent discovery of Gravitational Waves by the LIGO collaboration earlier this year has opened up a new window to astronomy, for the first time we are able to observe the universe using gravitational radiation instead of electromagnetic radiation. Our current research involves preparing our own robotic telescope (PIRATE) to respond quickly to any alerts to such gravitational waves, and to follow these up with observations of the relevant search area in the sky. This poster will briefly outline the new setup of the PIRATE facility and summarise our current work on preparing PIRATE for the upcoming second LIGO observing run (O2).

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