What did we get right? Lessons learned from the first 300 million alerts of ZTF
2020-11-11, 06:00–06:30, Times in UTC

The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) has been serving transient alerts to the astronomical community for 2.5 years and it has just passed the 300 million mark, announcing the detection of almost 5,000 supernovae, 25 tidal disruption events, numerous asteroids, and other astrophysical phenomena in that time frame. The Rubin Observatory will reach this milestone within the first three months of alert generation and efforts are underway to ensure that the necessary infrastructure for alert dissemination, reception, and response is in place. We are building, however, on concepts envisaged well over a decade ago and in this talk, I will review the trials and tribulations of ZTF in seeding such a framework and consider what might we have done differently. In particular, our concerns regarding scale and followup capability merit revisiting and potentially a new vision developed of what the landscape might actually look like during the era of LSST operations.


Theme – Multi-Messenger Astronomy, Time-Domain Ecosystem