Title: The search for failed supernovae with the Large Binocular Telescope: a new candidate and the failed SN fraction with 11 yr of data
Authors: J. M. M. Neustadt, C. S. Kochanek, K. Z. Stanek, C. Basinger, T. Jayasinghe, C. T. Garling, S. M. Adams, J. Gerke
First author’s institution: Department of Astronomy, The Ohio State University
Journal: Submitted to MNRAS. Open access on ArXiv.
Disclaimer: The author would first like to publicly state that Black lives and Black Trans lives matter. Secondly, the author condemns all police brutality against people of color. Lastly, the author recognizes that the writing of this article was performed on the stolen land of indigenous people.
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