GORT (GLAST Optical Robotic Telescope) is a small ground-based telescope designed to support several NASA high-energy space
observatories. These observatories operate in the gamma ray and X-ray region of the electromagnetic spectrum. GORT is used
primarily to obtain synoptic multiwavelength surveillance data for objects being observed by the space observatories. The space
observatories include the Fermi Gamma-ray Space
Telescope (formerly the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST), Swift, and XMM-Newton. The objects to be
observed include blazars, GRBs, and polars.
In addition to supporting the science objectives for these missions, GORT will also support
the Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) objectives for these missions. GORT is
available for use by students and educators who wish to directly contribute to significant science projects by obtaining and
analyzing image data.
GORT is part of the GTN (Global Telescope Network). This is a network of small and moderate size
telescopes whose operators are interested in contributing to the science and education goals of NASA space observatories. The
GTN consists of students, educators, amateur astronomers, and professional astronomers. The GTN has an observing list
of program objects that will be monitored by the
network. The GTN website also contains information about the nature of the objects being monitored as
well as recommendations and advice for obtaining and reducing image data.
GORT is also connected to the Skynet network of robotic telescopes managed by the
Dan Reichart Group at
the University of North Carolina. Skynet allows for sharing of telescope
time between collaborators. It greatly expands
the observing opportunities of participants by giving sky access during times of bad weather and in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
GORT is available for use by schools; contact the GTN director (email at
the bottom of this page) for information. GORT is also available for use by members and participants of the GTN and Skynet.
Other individuals or groups
interested in using GORT should first request to join the GTN.
GORT has been developed and is managed by the NASA E/PO group
at Sonoma State University (SSU).
To view the current observing schedule for GORT please visit the GORT calendar.