TitleSurveying the Sky at Low Frequencies with the Commensal VLITE System
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsClarke, T, Kassim, N, Richards, E, Peters, W, Polisensky, E
Conference NameAASTCS5 Radio Exploration of Planetary Habitability, Proceedings of the conference 7-12
Date Published05/2017
PublisherBulletin of the American Astronomical Society
Conference LocationPalm Springs, CA.

We present details of a new commensal observing program on NRAO's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA). The VLA Low-band Ionosphere and Transient Experiment (VLITE) provides a simultaneous sub-GHz data stream during all Cassegrain (1-50 GHz) observations. This unique low frequency opportunity opens up over 6000 hours per year of VLA observing time to the low frequency community. In the first 2 1/4 years of operation, VLITE processed images cover regions containing 2,322 unique exoplanets in 62,000 individual scans. VLITE observations provide a large database to observe samples of nearby stellar systems, enabling a powerful means of monitoring these systems for stellar activity as well as emission from exoplanets.