Astronomy & Astrophysics Seminar
(Conferences / Seminars / Lectures)
Speaker: Krzysztof (Kris) Stanek more information...
Speaker's Institution: Ohio State University
Seminar Title: "All-Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae: Big Science with Small Telescopes"
Even in the modern era, only human eyes survey the entire optical sky for
the violent, variable, and transient events that shape our universe. To
change this, we have built and implemented the All-Sky Automated Survey
for Supernovae (ASAS-SN or "Assassin"). This is a long-term project
designed to monitor the entire sky down to V~17 mag every 2-3 days using
multiple telescopes, hosted by Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope
Network, in the northern and southern hemispheres. Our telescopes
(currently eight) consist of commercially available telephoto lenses and
CCD cameras, so further expansion, leading to a 1-day cadence, would be
straightforward and relatively inexpensive.