We are happy to announce the NSF/MSIP development funding of the Argus Array prototype, the prototype for the next-generation Evryscope. Like the Evryscopes, Argus will cover the entire sky in each exposure, but with hundreds of quarter-meter telescopes tiled across a large dome, Argus will go far deeper.
Our NSF-funded Evryscope and exoplanets exhibit has opened at Morehead Planetarium. The exhibit includes a half-dome planetarium displaying real full-sky Evryscope images with gesture interactivity, an interactive activity where students learn to classify light curves and look for exoplanets, and interpretive material. See the WRAL (local news station) writeup here.
Reflections from objects in Earth orbit can produce subsecond, star-like optical flashes similar to astrophysical transients. Reflections have historically caused false alarms for transient surveys, but the population has not been systematically studied. In a new ApJ Letter, we report event rates for these orbital flashes using the Evryscope Fast Transient Engine, a low-latency transient detection pipeline for the Evryscopes.