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Exploring the Time Domain with Synoptic Sky Surveys

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 April 2012

S. G. Djorgovski
Affiliation:
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA email: george@astro.caltech.edu
A. A. Mahabal
Affiliation:
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA email: george@astro.caltech.edu
A. J. Drake
Affiliation:
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA email: george@astro.caltech.edu
M. J. Graham
Affiliation:
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA email: george@astro.caltech.edu
C. Donalek
Affiliation:
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA email: george@astro.caltech.edu
R. Williams
Affiliation:
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA email: george@astro.caltech.edu
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Synoptic sky surveys are becoming the largest data generators in astronomy, and they are opening a new research frontier that touches practically every field of astronomy. Opening the time domain to a systematic exploration will strengthen our understanding of a number of interesting known phenomena, and may lead to the discoveries of as yet unknown ones. We describe some lessons learned over the past decade, and offer some ideas that may guide strategic considerations in the planning and execution of future synoptic sky surveys.

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