Transient Events Icon Development

This app shows alerts detected by the Catalina Real Time Survey (CRTS) as reported through the Skyalert website.  The CRTS is an ongoing astronomical survey that covers thirty three thousand square degrees of the sky in order to discover rare and interesting transient phenomena. The survey utilizes data taken by the three dedicated telescopes of the highly successful Catalina Sky Survey  CSS NEO project. 

The number of alerts reported depends on the weather and phase of the moon.  The two Arizona telescopes of CSS shutdown for monsoon season in late summer; fewer alerts are detected during the bright sky conditions surrounding full moon.  This app has been developed as a prototype in preparation for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which will produce millions of alerts per night.

More information can be found in the October 2010 LSST E-News article.

 

 

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