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The Energetic Cosmos Laboratory, founded by Nobel Laureate Dr. George F. Smoot, is one of the leading international cosmology and astrophysical research laboratories, with state of the art facilities at the Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The main goal of the center is to investigate the fundamental questions of cosmology and energetic processes in cosmos which include topics related to the birth and evolution of the universe.


  •  Astrorob 2019. The Sixth Workshop on Robotic Autonomous Observations was held in Torremolinos from 30th September till 4th October, research-engineer Z. Maksut presented the work on telescope robotic control implemented in NUTTellA-TAO project! There was much discussion about both engineering and scientific topics, and our BSTI instrument appear to have unique design and performance.
  • Successful BSTI test. 2019 August 17 – 21: The ECL team have just completed preliminary assemble and testing of the BSTI (Burst Simultaneous Three-Channel Imager), a new instrument for understanding the astrophysics of cosmic gamma ray bursts (GRBs). For the first time ever the BSTI will allow us to measure the spectrum of optical emission from GRBs, the universe’s most powerful cosmic explosions. The BSTI was designed and fabricated as a collaboration between the Energetic Cosmos Laboratory (ECL) and the Machine Shop at Nazarbayev University.
  • Successful telescope operation, 2019 June 27 and July 28: The ECL NUTTelA-TAO telescope already contributing to science.  In Gamma Coordinates Network (Astronomer’s Formal Rapid Communication) circular no.  24900, “GRB 190627A: NUTTelA-TAO optical counterpart observations”, our collaborators Alexi Pozanenko (IKI) and Maxim Krugov (Fesenkov Institute of Almaty), reported on measurements with our telescope of the afterglow of gamma-ray burst 190627A.  Also, in GCN 25212, “LIGO/Virgo S190728q: ZTF19abjethn TShAO and NUTTelA-TAO optical observations / classification”, activities in the search for gravitational wave counterparts was reported.

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