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The next phase of time domain astronomy

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Date 22 May 2019
Time 11:00 -12:00
Shri Kulkarni
Shri Kulkarni (Caltech)

In the optical bands, time domain astronomy (TDA) is now in full swing. Over the coming few years, phased array feed (PAF) and "Large N Small Diameter" (LNSD) interferometric arrays will allow radio astronomers to catch up with optical TDA. In this informal talk, I will share my thoughts on the next phase of TDA (with emphasis on optical TDA).

Picture for poster can be found at

An areal view of the Palomar Observatory (California).  The discovery engine is the 48-inch telescope (extreme left) and the photometric classification is done at the 60-inch telescope (extreme right).

Spectral classification is undertaken at the 200-inch telescope (center). The very first synoptic survey undertaken with a wide field Schmidt telescope was F. Zwicky's 18-inch and is the small dome to the right of the 200-inch.