Moore Foundation grants $2.4 Million to OSU’s ASAS-SN project

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is making a five-year, $2.4 Million grant to the OSU All-Sky Automated Search for Supernovae project, which is lead by OSU Astronomy Professors Krzysztof Stanek (principal project investigator) and Co-Pi’s Christopher Kochanek and Todd Thompson.

In May 2014, ASAS-SN began its first observations with two sets of four telescopes located in Hawaii and Chile, hosted by the Las Cumbres Observatory based in Santa Barbara, California.

The technology used at the two cites can cover about half the visible sky and can see things 25,000 times fainter than what the human eye can see. Night by night thousands of images are capture and compared to previously recorded images.

Ohio State graduate students have played important roles in project development. And in just two years ASAS-SN has become the international leader in discovery of bright supernovae.

Additional support for ASAS-SN comes from the National Science Foundation, CCAPP, Chinese Academy of Sciences South America Center for Astronomy, the Mt. Cuba Astronomical Foundation, George Skestos, the Robert Martin Ayers Sciences Fund, and Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Initial seed funding for ASAS-SN was provided by Ohio State’s Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics (CCAPP).