PI: Catherine C. Kaleida, CTIO/NOAO, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: AURA/Chile, 950 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719, U.S.A.
CoI: REU/PIA Students, CTIO/NOAO
CoI: Nicole S. van der Bliek, CTIO/NOAO
CoI: David J. James, CTIO/NOAO
CoI: Sean D. Points, CTIO/NOAO
CoI: Francisco J. Virgili, Liverpool John Moores University
CoI: Joseph Masiero, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Title: CTIO REU/PIA Observations: Targets of Opportunity
Abstract: We request 8 nights on the CTIO/SMARTS 0.9-m as part of the upcoming 2013 CTIO REU/PIA program. The main focus of this proposal will be to provide direct, hands-on observational experience to 8 undergraduate students in observational techniques, astronomical data reduction, and multi-wavelength photometry. In order to expose the students to a variety of astronomical observations, we will observe various targets of opportunity (TOOs), including confirmation of candidate supernovae (SNe) and Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), and the optical afterglows of Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs). Any candidate SNe or NEOs that are confirmed, or GRB afterglows that are detected will be published immediately to the relevant Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT) circular. Additionally, any remaining time will be allocated to observe scientifically interesting targets of the students or their mentors choosing as time permits between subsequent TOOs.
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