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UR: An Alert-Broker for Real-Time Astronomical Events

5 Mar 2021, 17:00 UTC
UR: An Alert-Broker for Real-Time Astronomical Events
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The Undergraduate Research series is where we feature the research that you’re doing. If you are an undergraduate that took part in an REU or similar astro research project and would like to share this on Astrobites, please check out our submission page for more details. You can also share your more general research experience, find out more here.

Sarah DeSantisUniversity of ArizonaThis guest post was written by Sarah DeSantis. Sarah DeSantis is an undergraduate studying Astronomy and Physics at the University of Arizona. She completed this research as part of her degree at the NOIRLab in Tucson, AZ under the supervision of Dr. Monika Soraisam and the ANTARES team.As telescopes and sky surveys become more powerful, astronomers face the challenge of processing the increasing amount of data and identifying the nature of their sources. For instance, the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) surveys the Northern sky looking for objects which vary in brightness, and producing Terabytes of data in a night. NOIRLab’s ANTARES team is addressing this processing problem by writing code to filter the data and pick out desired sources automatically. Using samples of known types of variable stars (stars which change in brightness, or apparent magnitude, over times ...

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