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Transient Phenomena in Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Smithsonian Institution and the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization are hosting a three-day conference to improve our understanding of time-domain astrophysics and explosive phenomena. Scientists from around the world will gather at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. to discuss the state of the field in topics ranging from supernovae, gamma-ray bursts and new classes of time-variable sources.

A new generation of sky surveys and time-domain experiments will soon open a new window on transient phenomena in the Universe. The Giant Magellan Telescope and other spectroscopic instruments will play a leading role in advancing our understanding of objects identified through their explosive variability. The conference will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the state of the field. Topics include gamma-ray bursts as probes of the early universe, supernova explosions, the discovery potential of large-scale optical and radio time-domain surveys, and electromagnetic follow-up of gravitational wave sources.