WHT joins the supernova hunt!
Greetings from the William Herschel Telescope at the Observatario del Roque de los Muchachos on La Palma, in the Canary Islands. Sarah and I have now arrived here, and tomorrow night, the 12th, we’ll join in the fun by observing some of the supernova candidates that you’ve identified in the PTF data. The weather here is currently perfect – beautiful dark clear skies, and incidentally a fantastic place to view the Perseid meteor shower.
Fingers crossed that this great weather remains for our two observing nights, and we can confirm those supernovae that you’ve been diligently hunting out. We’ll try to post regular updates tomorrow as to what we find out – though please bear with us if we appear slow to update; observing can sometimes be a very busy job!