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India’s first robotic telescope opens its eyes to the universe

The new, fully robotic GROWTH - India telescope sees first light. Located in the Indian Hymalayas, it is the latest addition to the GROWTH global network of observatories.

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  • 28 March 2018
    Around the world with GROWTH SURF

    Seven undergraduate students have joined the GROWTH SURF 2018 program. Each will travel to a foreign country to undertake a summer research project and learn more about international collaboration in science.

  • 20 Dec 2017
    Update on Neutron Star Smash-Up: Jet Hits a Roadblock

    New radio observations provide additional evidence supporting the "cocoon model" for the neutron star merger GW170817 that took place on Aug 17. The model, originally proposed by the GROWTH team explains the electromagnetic data for GW170817 captured by many telescopes around the world across multiple wavelengths.

  • 16 Oct 2017
    Caltech-led LIGO and astronomy teams strike gold

    Long time ago two neutron stars smashed into each other in our cosmic neighborhood producing ripple in space time and electromagnetic radiation that was captured by our instruments on Earth on Aug 17, 2017. The GROWTH team conducted one of the most complete multi-wavelength follow up observations of the event confirming that netron star mergers are the cosmic mines where heavy elements are produced.

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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 observations in the first 24 hours after a cosmic transient is detected help us to localize the primary sources of gravitational waves, identify the long sought cosmic location of heavy element production (see Caltech-led LIGO and astronomy teams strike gold) , 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.

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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.