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Galaxy Zoo Supernovae and the WHT

11 Apr 2011, 17:00 UTC
Galaxy Zoo Supernovae and the WHT

Galaxy Zoo Supernovae (GZS) is a proof-of-concept project which uses members of the public to identify supernova candidates from the latest generation of wide-field imaging transient surveys. GZS was first tested on two specific occassions
supporting PTF spectroscopic follow-up observations at the William Herschel Telescope, in 2009 August and October. The top 20 scored candidates from this initial trial run of GZS are shown in the figure below.
16 of these candidates were observed by the WHT; 15 were confirmed as SNe, with one cataclysmic variable. Since 2010 April, GZS has been running full-time on PTF candidates and by 2010 July 15 had classified around 13,900 SN
candidates at the rate of several hundred candidates per observing night. SGZ team members continue to use the WHT to confirm and follow up the SN candidates being discovered.

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