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ESO’s SPECULOOS Planet-Hunting Machine Views NGC 6902

2 Mar 2019, 15:23 UTC
ESO’s SPECULOOS Planet-Hunting Machine Views NGC 6902 ESO

This Picture of the Week is a special treat: a first-light image from the newest resident of ESO’s Paranal Observatory, the SPECULOOS Southern Observatory. This planet-hunting machine aims to observe nearby but dim stars to locate exoplanets for other telescopes — such as ESO’s forthcoming Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) — to study in detail. Comprising four one-metre telescopes, each named after one of Jupiter’s Galilean moons, SPECULOOS promises to open up new frontiers in exoplanet research.

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