Humans have always marveled at the night sky. Yet, it has been impossible to monitor and record the entire sky nightly to seek transient, variable, sometimes violent events marking the evolution and transformation of our universe. Until now. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's $2.4 million grant to astronomy professors Krzysztof Stanek, Christopher Kochanek and Todd Thompson — and their existing All-Sky Automated Search for Supernovae project to add two observatories and double the number of telescopes — changes everything.
Image credit: Beijing Planetarium/Jin Ma