Supernova Caught in the Act by Palomar Transient FactoryRead MoreMay 21, 2014 • News Release
Supernovae—stellar explosions—are incredibly energetic, dynamic events. It is easy to imagine that they are uncommon, but the universe is a big place and supernovae are actually fairly routine. The problem with observing supernovae is knowing just when and where one is occurring and being able to point a world-class telescope at it in the hours immediately afterward, when precious data about the supernova's progenitor star is available. Fortunately the intermediate Palomar Transient Factory (iPTF) operated by Caltech scans the sky constantly in search of dramatic astrophysical events. In 2013, it caught a star in the act of exploding.
PTF Discovers Asteroid That Just Misses EarthRead MoreMay 11, 2014 • News Release
On the night of May 10th 2014 UTC, the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) survey's recently enhanced system for asteroid discovery turned up a very nearby, very fast-moving near-Earth asteroid (NEA).
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 VideoMarch 5, 2014 • Coverage Video
Accumulated coverage video from the Palomar Transient Factory.