Introducing Astro-COLIBRI Version 2.12.0

We are excited to announce the release of Astro-COLIBRI (version 2.12.0), now available for download and update. This new version enhances your experience with advanced features and improvements, ensuring you stay at the forefront of astronomical discovery. Here’s what you can expect in this latest update:

  • Advanced Filtering Options: Dive deeper into the cosmos with new filtering capabilities for gravitational waves and high-energy neutrinos. Long-press the filter buttons to access these tailored filters that allow you to focus on the events that matter most to your research and observations.

  • Enhanced Event Descriptions: Leveraging the power of OpenAI’s GPT-4, our event descriptions are now more informative and accessible, providing you with detailed insights at your fingertips. Feel free to post links to crazy hallucinations or incorrect information here in the forum for everybody’s amusement and to help us improve the setup.

  • Bug Fixes and Improvements:
    We’ve squashed some bugs and made minor changes to improve your overall app experience.

    • Filter Synchronisation: Your personalized filter settings are now backed up and synchronized across devices to ensure you never lose your custom configurations. Additionally, the cone search feature now supports downloading events for offline analysis.
    • Improved App Stability and Performance: We have enhanced the tracking of app crashes that will allow us to offer you a more stable and reliable platform. Expect smoother performance across all functionalities soon :wink:
    • Redesigned Onboarding Experience: New users will enjoy a revamped onboarding style, making it easier than ever to get started with Astro-COLIBRI.
    • Kilonova-Catcher (KNC) Integration: Events followed by the Kilonova-Catcher network of amateur astronomers are now clearly identified.
    • Data management: We fixed a bug that prevented the download of events selected in a cone search.
    • Interface Improvements: We’ve addressed an issue where users received incorrect error messages during submissions to the BHTOM network. See the bug report by @Astromarcos123 here: Astro-COLIBRI v2.11.0: New Features & Improvements! - #7 by Astromarcos123

This update reflects our ongoing commitment to providing the astronomical community with a robust and user-friendly platform. We are eager to hear your feedback as we continue to improve and expand Astro-COLIBRI’s capabilities.

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm. Clear skies and happy observing!

The Astro-COLIBRI Team

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Known bug: while the syncronisation and backup of the event filters is now working as expected, we seem to have a problem concerning the observatory filters. We are looking into this…

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We just released a bug fix for the issue with the observatory filters mentioned above. This version v2.12.1 is now available on all platforms and we invite you to update your apps.

Changes are:

  • Filtering (incl. synchronisation and backup of your filter settings via your personal account) should now work as expected.
  • If you are subscribed to the GRB notifications you will now also receive announcements of new X-ray transients detected by the recently launched Einstein Probe mission.

Please continue to inform us if you see issues/bugs and thus help us improve our platform!
Your Astro-COLIBRI team

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Hi AstroColibri Team,
thanks for this upgraded version.
Using the API “Latest_Transients” with my UID,
1 - what should be my request (Filters) to get just the results filtered with my associated profile;
2 - If I don’t give an UID, I suppose that the result is only filtered by the filters of my request?
3- giving an UID and additonnel filters in the request, what will I recieve? Intersection or union with my profile filters, (I suppose that And Filters will contribute to intersection and or Filters to Union?)

(I’m sur that all of this will be documented or at least commented in our next meeting)


the feature you are looking for (using the filters defined via the graphical interfaces in requests to the API without the need to download the filters in JSON format) is not yet operational. But we plan to add this in a future release and will update the documentation once it is available.

We are excited to announce a new update (v2.12.2) that is now live across our platform! This release brings several new features and improvements that are directly inspired by your feedback and the dynamic needs of the astronomical community. Here’s what’s new in the latest version:

  1. Alerts Stream for Special Targets: Don’t miss out on observing rare astronomical events! We’ve added a new alert stream for special targets, such as the anticipated 2024 explosion of T CrB and other significant occurrences. Keep those suggestions coming—they help shape our updates!

  2. SNEWS Supernova Neutrino Alerts: We have integrated alerts from the SuperNova Early Warning System (SNEWS) into the platform. SNEWS is an international initiative using a network of neutrino detectors, including Super-K, IceCube and KamLAND, to provide an early alert of a core-collapse supernova in the Milky Way. This system allows astronomers to prepare observations and capture vital data from the outset of the explosion, enhancing understanding and detection efficiency. These (extremely rare) alerts will be sent to the supernova, neutrino, Astro-COLIBRI announcements, and the new “special targets” stream.

  3. User-Configurable Coordinate Precision: Tailor the precision of displayed coordinates right from your user settings to suit your observational needs and preferences.

Bug Fixes:

  • Resolved issues parsing the SuperKamiokande supernova neutrino alerts.
  • Fixed a bug where the observer location was not correctly read from user settings.
  • Addressed crashes at startup of the interfaces to ensure smoother operation.

We hope these updates enhance your experience and enable you to contribute even more effectively to our shared passion for time domain astronomy. As always: let us know your thoughts and feedback!

Clear skies and happy observing!
The Astro-COLIBRI Team