American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
Mon, 01/01/2024 - 18:58

A Happy New Year to all followers of the High Energy Network Obs Section!

I hope that 2024 will see some exciting new HE astrohysics events that we can follow up together


  • The LIGO Gravitational Wave detectors will take a break in their current science run on January 16, but will resume observations on March 27th according to current planning
    Hopefully, the VIRGO detector in Italy will then join the two US LIGO instruments. And hopefully we will then observe, with a much better sky localization from three detectors, the long awaited Binary Neutron Star Merger and the resulting optical kilonova that the entiry community is waiting for. Fingers crossed!
  • The AAVSO SNEWS campaign is a wonderful opportunity to keep a watchful photometric eye on stars within our own galaxy that have the potential of being the progenitor for the next galactic supernova.
  • There are plans to include AGN-related transients like flares etc in the Astro-Colibri alert app, which would allow us to react more promptly to such events.


I'll write in more detail about all these items later, stay tuned.