AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 71 Supernovae
Poster, Tuesday, January 11, 2005, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[71.02] The Supernova Rate in Nearby Galaxies Determined from the Lick Observatory Supernova Search

J. Leaman (UC Berkeley, NASA/GSFC), W. Li, A. Filippenko (UC Berkeley)

The robotic Lick Observatory Supernova Search (LOSS), conducted with the the 0.76-m Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope (KAIT) equipped with a CCD imaging camera, has discovered over 400 supernovae in the past 7 years. This makes KAIT the world's most successful search engine for nearby supernovae. The LOSS sample has about 14,000 galaxies, roughly half of which are available at any given season, and these are imaged with temporal frequencies that typically range from 2 to 10 days. Detailed log files of the search information are automatically created during the process. With this uniform database we expect to determine the most accurate supernova rate in the local universe to date.

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