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Exploring the Time Domain with the Palomar-QUEST Sky Survey

Mahabal, A. and Djorgovski, S.G. and Graham, M. and Williams, R. and Granett, B. and Bogosavljevic, M. and Baltay, C. and Rabinowitz, D. and Bauer, A. and Andrews, P. and Morgan, N. and Snyder, J. and Ellman, N. and Duffau, S. and Musser, J. and Mufson, S. and Gebhard, M. and Brunner, R. and Rengstorf, A. (2004) Exploring the Time Domain with the Palomar-QUEST Sky Survey. In: Astronomical Data Analysis Software & Systems XIV, 24 - 27 October, 2004, Pasadena, California. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechCACR:2004.219

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Abstract

Discoveries in astronomy are often made through a systematic exploration of previously poorly covered regions of the observable parameter space [1,2]. In particular, exploration of the time variability on the sky over a broad range of ux levels and wavelengths is rapidly becoming a new frontier of astronomical research [3,4]. Many exciting astrophysical phenomena are known in the time domain: all manner of variable stars, stellar explosions such as SNe and GRBs, variable AGN, pulsars, microlensing events, etc. Yet undoubtedly many more remain to be discovered. A number of surveys and experiments exploring the time domain are already in progress (see, e.g., [5,6] for listings), and even more ambitious synoptic sky surveys are being planned, e.g., [7,8]. The important factors in such programs are (1) the area covered, (2) the depth of coverage, (3) number of wavelengths used, and (4) the baseline(s) in time.


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