Transient Science: The New Astronomy

In the last few years development of new detectors and the undertaking of various sky surveys at different wavelengths has enabled astronomers, for the first time, to take digital movies of the sky instead of just snapshots. This has made possible enquiries from the structure of the solar system all the way to cosmology that were not possible before. In addition this has brought into sharp focus the necessary synergy between astronomy on the one hand and computer science and statistics on the other, as well as necessary involvement of enthusiasts and citizen scientists. I will describe the current status as well as avenues where students at various levels and in various fields can participate.