TRAPPIST to Scout the Sky and Uncover Exoplanets and Comets

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TRAPPIST to Scout the Sky and Uncover Exoplanets and Comets

Post by lodp on 8th June 2010, 12:48 pm

http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1023/

A new robotic telescope has had first light at ESO’s La Silla
Observatory, in Chile. TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals
Small Telescope) is devoted to the study of planetary systems through
two approaches: the detection and characterisation of planets located
outside the Solar System (exoplanets) and the study of comets orbiting
around the Sun. The 60-cm telescope is operated from a control room in
Liège, Belgium, 12 000 km away.

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Re: TRAPPIST to Scout the Sky and Uncover Exoplanets and Comets

Post by Phill on 8th June 2010, 3:07 pm

Yep, a Belgian telescope devoted to exoplanet research
Best of luck to the Belgian team!
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Post by Lazarus on 8th June 2010, 3:31 pm

Wonder how quiet they'll be about the results.

(sorry couldn't resist)
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Re: TRAPPIST to Scout the Sky and Uncover Exoplanets and Comets

Post by Led_Zep on 19th September 2011, 9:10 am

A recent publication of ESO
PDF 5 pages :
http://www.eso.org/sci/publications/messenger/archive/no.145-sep11/messenger-no145-2-6.pdf

extrait :
"In future, TRAPPIST will play a similar role for the successor of WASP, the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS)5, a project led by Geneva Observatory and several UK universities, that will be installed at ESO Paranal Observatory in 2012. NGTS will focus on detecting smaller planets than WASP, and the high photometric precision of TRAPPIST will be a key asset for confirming and characteristing these planets"
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