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Virgo III is a newly discovered ultra-faint dwarf (UFD) galaxy. We used the Lulin One-meter Telescope (LOT) to search for RR Lyrae associated with this UFD.With deep exposures of LOT that can reach to r~23 mag, we discovered three RR Lyrae, labeled as V1, V2, and V3 in this deep LOT images. Using the discovered RR Lyrae, we measured a distance of 154 kpc to Virgo III.

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The team led by Prof. Pan investigated the relation between SN Ia ejecta velocity and their host-galaxy environment, and found that there could exist a relationship between the two parameters. This study focused on the local environmental properties of SNe Ia and revealed possible trend that high-velocity SNe Ia tend to be associated with old stellar populations, while normal-velocity SNe Ia can be found in both old and young stellar populations. This result implies that the normal SNe Ia are likely produced by more than one channel, challenging the previous consensus that they are associated with a single and uniform population. This work has been published in Lin & Pan et al., 2024, MNRAS, 531, 1988

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