PESSTO: Survey description and products from the first data release by the Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey of Transient Objects
Benetti, Stefano; Taubenberger, Stefano; Barbarino, C; Botticella, M T; Dall'Ora, Massimo; Greggio, L; Hillebrandt, Wolfgang; Hsiao, E Y; Nugent, Peter; Phillips, Mark; Tomasella, L; Turatto, Massimo; Childress, Michael; Scalzo, Richard; Schmidt, Brian; Yuan, Fang
Context. The Public European Southern Observatory Spectroscopic Survey of Transient Objects (PESSTO) began as a public spectroscopic survey in April 2012. PESSTO classifies transients from publicly available sources and wide-field surveys, and selects science targets for detailed spectroscopic and photometric follow-up. PESSTO runs for nine months of the year, January - April and August - December inclusive, and typically has allocations of 10 nights per month. Aims. We describe the data...[Show more]
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