Caught in the act: Cosmic radio burstRead MoreJanuary 20, 2015 • In The News
Fast radio bursts are quick, bright flashes of radio waves from an unknown source in space. They are a mysterious phenomenon that last only a few milliseconds, and until now they have not been observed in real time. An international team of astronomers, including three from the Carnegie Observatories, has for the first time observed a fast radio burst happening live.
NSF Award Helps Fund a Fast New Transient Survey: the Zwicky Transient FacilityRead MoreOctober 17, 2014 • News Release
Thanks to a $9 million grant from the National Science Foundation and matching funds from the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) collaboration, a new camera is being built at Caltech's Palomar Observatory that will be able to survey the entire Northern Hemisphere sky in a single night.
Comet ISONExplore ImageNovember 13, 2013 • Observation
PTF imaged Comet ISON (officially designated C/2012 S1) about two weeks before its fateful perihelion in late November 2013 in this 60-second R-band exposure.
M42Explore ImageMarch 4, 2014 • Observation
This is a g- and R-band image from PTF of a segment of M42, the Great Nebula in Orion, one of the largest and nearest star-forming regions.
M101 and Supernova PTF11klyExplore ImageDecember 24, 2011 • Observation
M101 before and after the supernova PTF11kly exploded.
Accumulated Sky Coverage in R-bandWatch VideoNovember 4, 2014 • Coverage Video
Accumulated coverage video from the Palomar Transient Factory.