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Variable Stellar Object Detection and Light Curves from the Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI)

  • R. A. Hounsell (a1), M. F. Bode (a1), M. J. Darnley (a1), D. J. Harman (a1), P. P Hick (a2), A. Buffington (a3), B. V. Jackson (a3), J. M. Clover (a3) and A. W. Shafter (a4)...

Abstract

With the advent of surveys such as the Catalina Real-Time Transient Survey, the Palomar Transient Factory, Pan-STARRS and Gaia, the search for variable objects and transient events is rapidly accelerating. There are, however important existing data-sets from instruments not originally designed to find such events. One example of such an instrument is the Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI), an all-sky space-based differential photometer which is able to produce light curves of bright objects (m ≤ 8) with a 102-minute cadence. In this paper we discuss the use of such an instrument for investigations of novæ, and outline future plans to find other variable objects with this hitherto untapped resource.

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