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The Big Picture

GROWTH is an international scientific collaborative project in astronomy studying the physics of fast-changing events in the cosmos like supernovae, neutron stars or black hole mergers, and near-earth asteroids.

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Who is involved

GROWTH is led by Caltech and has partnered with fifteen universities and research institutions - six in the USA and nine spread across the world in India, Sweden, Taiwan, Japan, Israel, Germany, UK and Australia.

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What we want to do

We want to continuously gather data on cosmic transient events in the first ~24 hours after detection to build a more complete picture and better understanding of the physical processes that govern their evolution.

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How we will do it

We jointly operate 18 observatories in the northern hemisphere. As the earth rotates and daylight creeps in at one of our locations, we switch observations to our facilities which still enjoy nighttime.

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Why it is important

Light curves of transient events (change of brightness over time), coupled with data about their spectrum can tell us how heavy elements are formed, what events generate gravitational waves, and much more.

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We are supported by

GROWTH is funded by the NSF under the Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) program with national funding available to partners in Taiwan, Japan and India.

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GROWTH is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No 1545949. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.