A Quark Nova is theorized to
take place days or weeks after a small fraction of ”normal” Type II supernova events. The Quark Nova signature is the delayed brightening of the new object by about 5 magnitudes. The proposed close long-term monitoring of Type II supernova events should reveal the presence or absence of the signature double-hump of a Quark Nova and allow us to estimate the frequency or upper limit to the rate of such events.
Normal supernova search techniques and follow-up activities may miss the subsequent brightening that takes place during the Quark Nova event. We seek CCD-equipped observers with modest telescopes to join a collaborative effort to search speciﬁcally for these events. Your job would begin
after Type II supernovae are discovered by others. You would follow all new Type II discoveries for
about 1-2 months looking for the signature ”double-bump”. As there are not many known Type
II supernovae active at any given time, the observational commitment is not expected to exceed
about one-hour per night.
(Image credit: Alan Dyer)