|Title||Surveying the Sky at Low Frequencies with the Commensal VLITE System|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Clarke, T, Kassim, N, Richards, E, Peters, W, Polisensky, E|
|Conference Name||AASTCS5 Radio Exploration of Planetary Habitability, Proceedings of the conference 7-12|
|Publisher||Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society|
|Conference Location||Palm 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.