From ESO: ESOCast 80 Pale Red Dot – Follow a Live Planet Hunt


European Southern Observatory

Published on Jan 15, 2016

A unique new project will now allow members of the public to go behind the scenes and follow a planet hunt as it happens!

Pale Red Dot planet search

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Pale Red Dot is an international search for an Earth-like exoplanet around the closest star to us, Proxima Centauri. It will use HARPS, attached to ESO’s 3.6-metre telescope at La Silla Observatory, as well as the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) and the Burst Optical Observer and Transient Exploring System (BOOTES).

ESO HARPS
ESO 3.6m telescope & HARPS at LaSilla
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ESO 3.6 Meter Telescpe
ESO 3.6 meter telescope interior
3.6 meter telescope at La Silla

LCOGT Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network
Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT)

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BOOTES

It will be one of the few outreach campaigns allowing the general public to witness the scientific process of data acquisition in modern observatories. The public will see how teams of astronomers with different specialities work together to collect, analyse and interpret data, which may or may not be able to confirm the presence of an Earth-like planet orbiting our nearest neighbour . The outreach campaign consists of blog posts and social media updates on the Pale Red Dot Twitter account and using the hashtag #PaleRedDot. For more information visit the Pale Red Dot website: http://www.palereddot.org

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