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Advances in Astronomy
Volume 2010, Article ID 349171, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/349171
Research Article

Master Robotic Net

1Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow State University, 13 Univeristetskij pr-t, Moscow 119991, Russia
2Kislovodsk Solar Station, P.O. Box 145, 100 Gagarina street, Kislovods 357700, Russia
3Ural State University, 51 Lenina pr-t, Ekaterinburg 620083, Russia
4Irkutsk State University, 1 Karl Marks ul., Irkutsk 664003, Russia
5Blagoveschensk State Pedagogical University, 104 Lenina street, Blagoveschensk 675000, Amur region, Russia

Received 30 June 2009; Accepted 16 November 2009

Academic Editor: Taro Kotani

Copyright © 2010 Vladimir Lipunov et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The main goal of the MASTER-Net project is to produce a unique fast sky survey with all sky observed over a single night down to a limiting magnitude of 19-20. Such a survey will make it possible to address a number of fundamental problems: search for dark energy via the discovery and photometry of supernovae (including SNIa), search for exoplanets, microlensing effects, discovery of minor bodies in the Solar System, and space-junk monitoring. All MASTER telescopes can be guided by alerts, and we plan to observe prompt optical emission from gamma-ray bursts synchronously in several filters and in several polarization planes.