Astronomy Colloquium for 2017-11-08

Series: Astronomy Colloquium
Date: Wednesday 08-Nov-2017
Time: 16:05-17:00 (4:05-5:00 pm)
Location: ATL 2400
Speaker: Dr. Nick Law (UNC)
Title: The Evryscopes: high-cadence gigapixel observations of the entire accessible sky

The Evryscope is a new type of array telescope which monitors the entire accessible sky in each exposure. One Evryscope has covered the Southern hemisphere from Chile since 2015, and we will soon deploy another Evryscope to cover the North from Mount Laguna Observatory in California. Each telescope, with 700 MPix covering an 8000-square-degree field of view, builds many-year-length, high-cadence light curves for every accessible object brighter than ~16th magnitude. Every night, we add more than a billion object detections to our databases, enabling the detection of exoplanet transits, microlensing events, nearby extragalactic transients, gravitational wave electromagnetic counterparts, and a wide range of other short timescale events. I will discuss our science plans, the big-data analysis required to explore the petabyte-scale dataset we are collecting over the next few years, and the first results from the Southern Evryscope.

Colloquia are usually preceded by espresso and ice cream at 1:45 pm outside room PSC 1150 and are followed by an informal reception at 5:15 pm in that room. Anyone interested in talking with the speaker, or being added to the colloquium announcement email list, should contact the colloquium organizer. Lunch will normally be reserved for the speaker to talk to graduate students.

Colloquium Organizer: Prof. L. Drake Deming


Special accommodations for individuals with disabilities can be made by calling (301) 405-3001. It would be appreciated if we are notified at least one week in advance.


Directions and information about parking can be found here.

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