It’s been a while since our last update. We’ve been running supernova zoo in a very serious way now for several months, and, after ironing out a few little bugs and adding some improvements, the zoo is making a massive contribution to the supernova identification effort in The Palomar Transient Factory. The zoo has already classified some 20,000 supernova candidates, usually several hundred every day; it’s a fabulous effort. You’ve classified every supernova candidate that we’ve put in the zoo!
We also hope that you’re beginning to see feedback on the supernova candidates that you spend your time classifying (at least the better ones!). From this current observing run I’ve been adding comments as I classify the events that you’ve highlighted, so you might see them appearing in your “MySN” area (of course, the more you classify, the more likely this is to happen!).
Here are some of your nice recent finds, all Type Ia Supernovae.
This one seems to live in a galaxy located in a cluster of galaxies:
This is one in a nearby NGC galaxy – the SN is located directly in one of the spiral arms.
And this one is also in a spiral galaxy – but one that is more edge on:
We’re currently preparing a scientific publication that will detail supernova zoo and how it works – and we also have plans to add a new survey to give you even more supernova to play with. So stay tuned!
OK, my exposure has just finished, so I’ll sign off here and go and see what the latest supernova candidate turned out to be!