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Angstrom Project news will be posted here.

November 2005: The Angstrom Project wiki goes live!

January 2006: The science behind the Angstrom Project is explored in a paper by Kerins et al. which has appeared online in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

August 2006: The Angstrom Project is now underway with its third season of observations on the robotic Liverpool Telescope. Beginning this season, the robotic telescope data is being processed in real time by the Angstrom Data Analysis Pipeline (ADAP). Processing of the image data is completed within two hours of the observation being made at the telescope. This is the first time that data from an extragalactic microlensing survey has been processed as it is collected, opening up the opportunity of being able to alert on ongoing events in the Andromeda Galaxy.

October 2006: The possibility of using microlensing to detect gas giant planets is explored in a paper by Angstrom Project team members. The paper can be accessed fro here.

December 2006: The Angstrom Project has developed an alert system (APAS) to detect microlensing events and transients in real time towards M31. This is the first time that real-time detection of extragalactic microlensing has been attempted. A paper describing the APAS has been submitted to ApJ and can be downloaded from here.

August 2007: The fourth Angstrom observing season has begun in earnest on the Liverpool Telescope. The Alert System will operate throughout the whole of this season.

August 2007: The Angstrom Project Alert System identifies a new transient event close to the centre of the M31 bulge. Although probably a Classical Nova, follow-up observations have been scheduled to help identify its true nature. The discovery was reported via the Astronomer's Telegraph.

September 2007: The contribution of binary systems to microlensing observations towards M31 is analyzed in a paper by the Angstrom Project team. The paper is available from here.

November 2008 The Angstrom Project Alert System identifies three transient events in the M31 bulge. The discoveries are reported in an Astronomer's Telegram and there is more information available from the Angstrom alert page

November 2008 Two more transient alerts, ANG-08B-M31-04 and ANG-08B-M31-05 have been detected with the Angstrom Project Alert System. More information is available from the Angstrom alert page

December 2008 The Angstrom Project Alert System has issued another alert, ANG-08B-M31-06, details of which can be found on our alert page

December 2008 The Angstrom Project Alert System has issued another alert, ANG-08B-M31-07, details of which can be found on our alert page