Alert Policy

What is the established process for alerts?

We have a very good record with false alarms. But we are human. Nothing in this process is automated. Alerts from AAVSO gets posted on Reddit for a quick review. Then the alert goes out based on the quick consensus of amateurs if no answer or consensus then it’s up to the Alert Astronomer.

If the Alert comes from Dr. Boyajian’s team it’s assumed vetted and can go out immediately.

This the current policy, though it works.. is flawed. We have substantial time delays and we also have a single point of failure. We need a better policy and are actively asking for volunteer help.