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IAU Symp #339: Southern Horizons in Time-Domain Astronomy

Studies of variability constitute immensely important sources of information about how objects in the cosmos form and evolve. Variability can involve times-scales from a millisecond to a century and beyond, and it can embrace the whole electromagnetic spectrum or just one portion of it. New techniques, new technology, new data-mining skills or just more persistence are extending the realms of time-domain astronomy (TDA). This Symposium of the International Astronomical Union will tackle a broad spectrum of topics by seeking commonalities among quite different kinds of objects that display similar types of variability. New surveys, and the SKA, ALMA and SALT telescope, bring southern-hemisphere astronomy into dominance in this context. S339 therefore needs to examine critically the efficiency and scientific achievements from the new outlays of technology and equipment since 2011. Is communication adequate? Are follow-ups optimal? Are data-mining tools sufficient? Here is where the audience will supply the meeting with ideas, experiences, examples and caveats that can furnish a ‘Charter for Improvement’.
When 13 November 2017 10:40 AM to
17 November 2017 10:40 PM
Where Stellenbosch ZA
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