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Program Information for 2017A-0260


PI: Marcelle Soares-Santos, FNAL, marcelle@fnal.gov
Address: PO Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510 United States

CoI: James Annis, FNAL
CoI: Dillon Brout, U. of Pennsylvania
CoI: Hsin-Yu Chen, U. of Chicago
CoI: Arjun Dey, NOAO
CoI: Alex Drlica-Wagner, FNAL
CoI: David Finley, FNAL
CoI: David Gerdes, U. of Michigan
CoI: Kenneth Herner, FNAL
CoI: Daniel Holz, U. of Chicago
CoI: Jean-Paul Kneib, LASTRO, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
CoI: Huan Lin, FNAL
CoI: Aaron Meisner, UC Berkeley
CoI: Eric Neilsen, FNAL
CoI: Antonella Palmese, Univeristy College London
CoI: Johan Richard, Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon
CoI: Masao Sako, U. of Pennsylvania
CoI: Flavia Sobreira, Universidade de Campinas
CoI: Brian Yanny, FNAL

Title: Blanco Imaging of the Southern Sky (BLISS)

Abstract: We propose to establish complete $griz$ Blanco/DECam coverage of the extra-galactic sky below declination 30$deg$ with 3$timess tilings by selectively imaging areas where such coverage is lacking. This is the first proposal in a series designed to accomplish that goal. The proposed observations will enable our team and the community at large to fully realize DECam's scientific potential by pursuing, for instance, a complete set of template images for multi-messenger astronomy with gravitational waves, searches for the hypothesized 9th planet in our solar system, and completion of the deepest unbiased survey of Milky Way satellite galaxies in the southern hemisphere. We will optimize data taking efficiency by filling the sky around previously surveyed areas and other community time programs, complementing them with additional bands and/or depth as needed. Images taken for this proposed program will be made publicly available immediately. Accomplishing full sky coverage before the start of LSST is essential to maximize the science returns of DECam.

Program Type: Standard/Extragalactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2017A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 1n on Feb 07 - Feb 08 2017
Run 1 (2017B):  CT-4m/DECam -- 2.5n on Aug 05 - Aug 07 2017
Run 2 (2017A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 2.5n on Feb 13 - Feb 14 2017, Feb 19 - Feb 20 2017, Mar 17 2017
Run 3 (2017A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 1.5n on Mar 07 2017, Apr 13 - Apr 14 2017
Run 4 (2017A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 0.5n on May 02 2017
Run 5 (2017A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 5.5n on May 30 - Jun 04 2017, Jul 01 - Jul 02 2017
Run 6 (2017A):  CT-4m/DECam -- 0.5n on Jul 15 2017


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