ThunderKAT is the image-plane transients programme for MeerKAT.
The goal as outlined in 2010, and still today, is to find, identify and understand high-energy
astrophysical processes via their radio emission (often in concert with observations at other
wavelengths). Through a comprehensive and complementary programme of surveying and monitoring
Galactic synchrotron transients (across a range of compact accretors and a range of other
explosive phenomena) and exploring distinct populations of extragalactic synchrotron transients
(microquasars, supernovae and possibly yet unknown transient phenomena) - both from
direct surveys and commensal observations - we will revolutionise our understanding of the
dynamic and explosive transient radio sky. As well as performing targeted programmes of our own,
we have made agreements with the other MeerKAT large survey projects (LSPs) that we will also search their data
for transients. This commensal use of the other surveys, which remains one of our key programme goals
in 2016, means that the combined MeerKAT LSPs will produce by far the largest GHz-frequency radio transient
programme to date.