Dictionary of Nomenclature of Celestial Objects
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Result of query: info cati NAME ATLAS$

Details on Acronym:   ATLAS
   ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) Write:<<NAME ATLAS YYaaaa>> Object:Transient  (SIMBAD class: Transient = transient event) Note:ATLAS is an asteroid impact early warning system being developed by the University of Hawaii and funded by NASA. It consists of two telescopes, 100 miles apart, which automatically scan the whole sky several times every night looking for moving objects.
ATLAS will provide one day's warning for a 30-kiloton "town killer," a week for a 5-megaton "city killer," and three weeks for a 100-megaton "county killer".
ATLAS also processes the survey data to search for stationary transients, which are reported to the IAU Transit Name Server. These include supernovae, CVs, stellar outbursts, and fast transients such as GRB afterglows.
For more information, visit the project webpage: http://fallingstar.com/
Only the first reference citing ATLAS transients is listed here. Ref:=2016ATel.8680....1T byTONRY J. , DENNEAU L., STALDER B., HEINZE A., SHERSTYUK A., REST A., SMITH K.W., SMARTT S.J. ATel, 8680, 1 (2016) Discovery and Classification of 3 Type Supernovae by ATLAS. o<NAME ATLAS YYaaa> N=3. Originof the Acronym: A = Assigned by the author(s)

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