Padova-Asiago Supernova Group
The OAPD Supernova Group activity in PESSTO/ePESSTO

The Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey for Transient Objects (PESSTO; PI; S. J. Smartt), is one of the few Public Spectroscopic Surveys currently running at ESO. The program started in 2012 (for a total of 5 years), and has recently been extended by two additional years. The updated program, that will expire on spring 2019, is called extended-Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey for Transient Objects (ePESSTO).

The survey has been awarded with 90 nights/year at the New Technology Telescope of ESO - La Silla to classify about 3000 transients over its entire lifetime, and to monitor in detail about 250 transients selected among those matching the PESSTO target selection criteria. Appealing targets for PESSTO are: unusual transient, nearby supernovae suitable for detailed progenitor studies, normal supernovae in unusual environments (low-metallicity galaxies, remote locations in giant galaxies, interacting galaxy systems, dusty environments).

The PESSTO data releases (DR1,DR2,DR3) are now publicly available from the ESO archive search and retrieve interface. Additional information can be found on the PESSTO Wiki pages.

Science with PESSTO/ePESSTO
To study in detail interesting new transients, the almost 100 scientists that joined PESSTO formed 15 science teams, each of them with specific science focus. In particular, the Padova team has co-leadership in the "Interacting Transients (SNe IIn/Ibn and ILOTs)" topic (PIs A. Pastorello and M. Fraser).

PESSTO products (since 2012; OAPD SN group only)

ePESSTO management structure

Science Board
ePESSTO operating teams