Ayla Weitz

Locating Historical Type Ia Supernova

Type Ia supernova is a kind of exploding star that is important to understanding the expansion of our universe. This project focuses on obtaining more accurate location measurements for approximately 1500 supernovae. I will be determining the locations of known foreground stars using astrometry.net and then using that information to determine supernova locations using custom software.

Message to Sponsor

I am extremely grateful that I had this opportunity to to continue my research this summer. I made valuable progress on my project's goal of obtaining more precise measurements for historical Type Ia supernova. Thank you so much for your generosity!
  • Major: Astrophysics
  • Mentor: Saul Perlmutter, Astrophysics