Time-domain astrophysics with SuperWASP

Norton, A. J. (2012). Time-domain astrophysics with SuperWASP. In: Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 7(S285) pp. 382–384.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1743921312001147


SuperWASP is the world's leading ground-based survey for transiting exoplanets. Its database now contains over 300 billion data points covering 30 million unique objects from 10 million images obtained over 1700 nights since 2004. In addition to having discovered 70 transiting exoplanets, SuperWASP enables long-baseline, high-cadence studies of variable stars to be performed. We summarise some of the studies already carried out, and look ahead to the prospects for studying periodic variables with varying periods. The science which is thus supported will include studies of the Blazhko effect in RR Lyræ stars, migrating starspots in rotational variables, third bodies in eclipsing binaries, and coalescing binary stars.

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