Gone without a bang: an archival HST survey for disappearing massive stars

@article{Reynolds2015GoneWA,
  title={Gone without a bang: an archival HST survey for disappearing massive stars},
  author={Thomas M Reynolds and Morgan Fraser and Gerard Gilmore},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2015},
  volume={453},
  pages={2885-2900}
}
It has been argued that a substantial fraction of massive stars may end their lives without an optically bright supernova (SN), but rather collapse to form a black hole. Such an event would not be detected by current SN surveys, which are focused on finding bright transients. Kochanek et al. (2008) proposed a novel survey for such events, using repeated observations of nearby galaxies to search for the disappearance of a massive star. We present such a survey, using the first systematic… 

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