Here you will find information on how to communicate with the Burke-Gaffney Observatory (BGO) by Twitter. You have to be authorized to interact with the observatory.

The Basics

The observatory monitors its Twitter account and you can communicate with it either public tweets or direct messages (private).

Public Tweets

To get the BGO's attention, all tweets directed at it must include its Twitter handle @smubgobs in the tweet and at least one supported command #tag. All tweets that meet this criteria will cause the observatory to reply to your tweet, either:

  • acknowledging what you asked it to do is done
  • providing the requested information
  • or sending you an error message

You will also be tweeted when your requested image has been taken (along with a low-resolution image for non-special observations) and in the morning when full resolution and raw data are available. Look for completed images here

Twitter Direct Messages

Send direct messages to the Twitter handle @smubgobs and at least one supported command #tag.

All messages that meet this criteria will cause the observatory to reply privately to your message, either:

  • acknowledging what you asked it to do is done
  • providing the requested information
  • or sending you an error message

Important Notes:

  • depending on how your Twitter account is configured, you may have to follow @smubgobs in order to receive a reply
  • only the first 140 characters of any message are seen by the observatory's programs

You will also be publicly tweeted when your requested image has been taken (along with a low-resolution image for non-special observations) and in the morning when full resolution and raw data are available. Look for completed images here.

Commands

Many commands are supported. New observers should use those described on the basic page:

Observatory Status

The observatory posts regularly as it is observing on its Twitter Feed (@smubgobs) and Facebook page. You can tell it is the observatory posting (instead of a human) when the tags #bgosays or #bgoreplies are used. The former is a general tweet to everyone. The latter means it is replying to someone's tweet.

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