The SkyMapper Transient Survey is searching and studying supernovae and other transient objects using the SkyMapper 1.3 m telescope. In order to search for transients we examine ~2000 square degrees of sky, an area 10,000 times larger than the full Moon, at least every 5 days. This search is optimised for detecting low-redshift, or nearby, type Ia supernovae, to constrain cosmic expansion and peculiar velocities.

To date, the SkyMapper Transient Search has been running for 817 nights. Over those nights 3732 sky fields have been observed in 76564 telescope pointings. So far the transient search has detected 67 objects that might be interesting transient candidates. As SkyMapper continues to operate more objects will be discovered!

Help us hunt for Supernovae!

We invite you to join our search for Supernovae through our project: Supernova Sighting in partnership Zooniverse. Help us hunt down some of the biggest explosions in the Universe, with real images from SkyMapper!

You can see a list of discovered transients with the Supernova Sighting project here.

TNS reported transients

Below is a list of interesting transient objects that SkyMapper has detected since January 2016 and sent to the Transient Name Server. Most of them were first seen by SkyMapper! So far we have uploaded 55 objects to the TNS.

TNS name SkyMapper name Type RA DEC First Detect Last Detect Discovered by Matched Host Redshift First Zooniverse discoverers
2017cvv SMT17hng weirdnoSN 332.01066109 -11.9121466764 2017-04-27 18:22:52 2017-05-05 17:10:47 GaiaAlerts None None None
2017dqf SMT17hrc weirdnoSN 195.352512397 -25.8730173044 2017-04-28 13:21:57 2017-05-20 13:56:56 SkyMapper None None None
2017czy SMT17gfm CandFaint 183.872495094 -5.08127897805 2017-03-26 11:51:20 2017-04-19 09:35:03 SkyMapper None None None
2017czz SMT17fth CandFaint 202.72880509 -27.4349245622 2017-03-28 16:19:21 2017-05-21 16:11:26 SkyMapper None None None
2017cyu SMT17fvg CandFaint 202.996675108 -31.7664254934 2017-03-26 17:22:01 2017-03-31 16:03:37 SkyMapper None None None
2017cvm SMT17dma CandFaint 197.739319285 -33.4174748367 2017-03-26 11:57:45 2017-03-28 13:59:57 SkyMapper None None None
2017egh SMT17kit Flare 314.658768644 -43.27731774 2017-05-01 18:26:03 2017-05-22 17:51:52 SkyMapper None None M4kc;lgolley72;lordlord22
2017ays SMT17hnr II 183.191739968 0.407908932298 2017-03-08 15:50:50 2017-05-15 10:12:36 ATLAS None 0.0205 None
2017blh SMT17bgo II 163.044138303 -27.7976683704 2017-03-01 11:58:22 2017-03-31 12:58:48 ATLAS None 0.0334 None
2017cfe SMT17bnv Stale 200.931694465 -34.4604941497 2017-02-26 18:05:07 2017-04-27 13:49:08 SkyMapper None None None
2017ces SMT17bsp Stale 202.002889739 -26.0836825571 2017-03-06 17:37:16 2017-04-07 15:33:27 SkyMapper None None None
2017bhw SMT17aod Stale 83.3763746066 -39.4595162365 2017-01-15 13:45:53 2017-02-20 14:26:07 SkyMapper None None None
2017bhx SMT17acx Stale 187.028769815 -4.96852600606 2017-01-21 16:57:34 2017-03-28 14:46:20 SkyMapper None None None
2017aty SMT17ahr Stale 63.7613588151 -53.911285494 2017-02-11 13:57:18 2017-04-11 09:19:56 SkyMapper None None None
2017bzs SMT17cdm Stale 200.223545187 -4.23440882134 2017-03-06 17:14:56 2017-04-27 13:17:33 PTSS None None None
2017ciz SMT17cmt Stale 61.2805853388 -54.1049641948 2017-03-17 11:34:57 2017-04-11 09:19:56 SkyMapper None None None
2017cyv SMT17cqv Stale 194.886301722 -30.7542078947 2017-03-26 11:30:41 2017-04-20 09:15:21 None None None None
2016jhk SMT17cqd Stale 196.50603188 -32.6058065966 2016-04-11 16:33:39 2017-05-05 13:02:06 SkyMapper None None None
2016jhd SMT16aphk Stale 47.3791085495 -23.2487980845 2016-12-07 15:08:20 2016-12-07 15:10:20 SkyMapper None None None
2017tu SMT17ki Stale 30.615052737 -28.6304792497 2017-01-05 12:10:22 2017-01-06 11:10:35 Pan-STARRS1 None None None
2017ant SMT17aan Stale 84.4576745173 -30.5976902077 2017-01-21 12:32:23 2017-02-08 11:58:45 SkyMapper None None None
2016jhc SMT17bt Stale 40.8352618901 -20.1073123729 2016-12-21 14:04:46 2017-01-03 12:03:30 SkyMapper None None None
2016jhf SMT17ada Stale 200.545412635 -35.9367506691 2016-04-21 10:18:32 2017-04-07 13:31:29 SkyMapper None None None
2017atx SMT17ahn Stale 60.7881334957 -32.8891110995 2017-02-08 11:25:19 2017-03-26 10:03:53 SkyMapper None None None
2017atw SMT17vx Stale 46.9936878689 -21.4147850398 2017-01-15 13:57:13 2017-01-21 13:29:56 SkyMapper None None None
2017bjc SMT17bbq Stale 182.853995165 -2.1073624614 2017-02-20 17:06:51 2017-02-26 17:16:30 Pan-STARRS1 None None None
2017ckt SMT17cly Stale 73.5643721134 -63.9669076399 2017-03-07 11:49:16 2017-03-26 10:18:02 SkyMapper None None None
2017mb SMT17bsl Stale 206.868618354 -25.915921989 2017-03-06 17:54:14 2017-04-29 12:03:29 GaiaAlerts None None None
2017cja SMT17cml Stale 163.51857646 -4.33786633782 2017-02-26 15:15:51 2017-03-26 10:20:32 SkyMapper None None None
2017cvo SMT17fqo Stale 202.693854411 -3.79326980698 2017-03-28 17:19:54 2017-04-27 14:47:39 SkyMapper None None None
2017cvd SMT17fgo Stale 154.299738513 -2.07493376428 2017-03-31 10:53:53 2017-05-02 12:20:33 Pan-STARRS1 None None None
2017ctu SMT17eas Stale 211.37672389 -30.1792491637 2017-03-26 18:00:18 2017-04-29 14:19:23 SkyMapper None None None
2017dij SMT17hbo Stale 201.84586432 -2.80558403654 2017-04-21 12:20:43 2017-05-10 11:52:27 SkyMapper None None None
2017dqe SMT17hma Stale 216.119744289 1.9751006112 2017-04-07 18:43:53 2017-05-05 11:46:09 SkyMapper None None None
2017ctw SMT17dqe Stale 194.78813238 -32.6386474442 2017-03-26 11:30:41 2017-04-20 09:15:21 SkyMapper None None None
2017cvn SMT17dnu Stale 182.378099582 -0.437066935363 2017-03-26 12:41:41 2017-03-31 13:21:47 SkyMapper None None None
2017dzu SMT17hwt Stale 321.073173818 -50.9864688297 2017-05-04 18:41:56 2017-05-07 17:19:14 SkyMapper None None keeps2013;Star_hunter_1;bwa24000
2016jhi SMT17bry AGN 205.015326782 -33.6563761608 2016-03-19 17:38:33 2017-04-29 12:11:33 SkyMapper None None None
2017bzt SMT17bif Ia 195.790404899 -39.4214562087 2017-02-27 12:38:58 2017-03-28 13:21:26 SkyMapper None None None
2017edm SMT17kdl Ia 204.25497968 -4.61888999935 2017-05-10 11:39:46 2017-05-21 08:50:30 SkyMapper None None simonemarcorini;ck12074;MvGulik
2016itl SMT17nm Ia 33.263171037 -33.6349885952 2016-12-18 13:22:08 2017-01-09 11:09:19 GaiaAlerts None 0.043 SkyMap
2016iou SMT16anay Ia 21.1108468711 -2.14052624663 2016-11-16 13:43:38 2016-12-12 11:19:11 GaiaAlerts None 0.042 None
2017dxh SMT17hwf Ia 194.751166729 -26.5979988286 2017-04-28 13:21:57 2017-05-20 13:54:56 SkyMapper None None 35;WEB;1593636
2017doq SMT17hlv Ia 205.490047828 -4.3702945026 2017-04-27 14:43:38 2017-05-21 08:50:30 Pan-STARRS1 None 0.074 None
2016hhd SMT16bc Ia 115.255934245 -69.0174237634 2015-05-17 09:03:31 2017-04-07 10:17:58 SkyMapper None 0.055 None
2016ifk SMT16anpq Ia 41.8883901454 -26.489475069 2016-11-23 17:10:29 2017-01-21 13:17:07 GaiaAlerts None 0.058 None
2016htm SMT16ansp Ia 38.0109056877 -26.6659564938 2016-11-23 17:02:31 2016-12-12 12:05:07 ATLAS None 0.041 None
2017edk SMT17ick Cand 347.704999592 -34.1548864385 2017-05-09 17:47:50 2017-05-20 16:54:00 SkyMapper None None The_debs;Creslin73;MRyley
2016jhl SMT17jzm Cand 204.290480746 -4.07386579566 2016-05-24 14:48:09 2017-05-21 08:50:30 SkyMapper None None ElisabethB;The_debs;TheAjay
2017efp SMT17iay Cand 198.340215393 -33.4391769389 2017-04-28 13:34:44 2017-05-22 09:49:51 SkyMapper None None keeps2013;Missybee35;CryMeaRiver66
2017edl SMT17icm Cand 343.952737231 -12.6151964934 2017-05-09 17:55:55 2017-05-20 17:14:04 SkyMapper None None praosylen;The_debs;CryMeaRiver66
2017cty SMT17eri VarStar 74.2601225368 -64.3130553462 2017-02-14 13:33:42 2017-04-19 09:14:15 SkyMapper None None None
2017ctv SMT17div VarStar 77.7403668348 -65.1412111557 2017-02-14 13:33:42 2017-04-19 09:14:15 SkyMapper None None None
2017ctx SMT17din VarStar 76.2799465552 -65.3910805715 2017-02-14 13:33:42 2017-04-11 11:25:32 SkyMapper None None None
2017atz SMT17ake Star 199.932846991 -35.8829008858 2017-01-21 16:43:38 2017-02-13 15:08:33 SkyMapper None None None