An award by the Research Association for Science Advancement will boost the exploration of the uncharted infrared transient
sky and look for answers to puzzling questions like "Can dust exists around novae?"
Listen to this episode of Spacepod podcast, streamed also
on 365 Days of Astronomy
in which Caltech's assistant professor Mansi Kasliwal introduces the
GROWTH project and the challenging mission a team of international astronomers have embarked on: to catch the most ephemeral cosmic events
in the universe.
Registration is now open for the 2017 GROWTH conference. With the undergoing commissioning of transient discovery facilities like ZTF and the advanced detection capabilities of
LIGO, the GROWTH team will convene in Milwaukee,WI to share the most recent scientific results and plan strategies for effective and comperhensive follow-up of
Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen
(GROWTH) is a 5 year project, funded by the National Science Foundation to advance our understanding of cosmic transient events -
supernovae, white dwarf detonations, merging neutron stars, fast moving near-earth asteroids, gamma-ray bursts and more.
Led by Caltech, GROWTH partner institutions from around the world have created a
network of telescopes to continuously observe the transient sky unbeaten by sunrise.
Such extended initial observations in the first 24 hours
after a cosmic transient is detected will help us localize the primary sources of gravitational
waves, identify the long sought cosmic location of heavy element production, track and analyze
small near-earth asteroids and much more.
Next to developing data-driven educational modules for university courses in astronomy, GROWTH provides multiple
opportunities for training and
professional development to students and young researchers in astronomy, astrophysics and closely
related fields in physical sciences.
We are a team of 14 partner institutions from the USA, Israel, Sweden, India, Japan, Taiwan, UK and Germany
GROWTH is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No 1545949.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this
material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
National Science Foundation.