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Celebrating two decades of SPHERE challenges and achievements

Celebrating two decades of SPHERE challenges and achievements

Reaching new heights with 100 consortium publications including the early exoplanet demographics release. The SPHERE (Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exo-planet REsearch) planet imager(1), currently installed and operating at the ESO Very Large Telescope in Chile, aims at imaging and characterizing giant exoplanets and planet-forming disks around stars close to the Sun. This project represents an incredible scientific, […]

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NIRPS spectrograph delivers its first images in Quebec

NIRPS spectrograph delivers its first images in Quebec

The NIRPS spectrograph optical components has been successfully integrated and aligned into its cryogenic vacuum chamber and delivered its first images in August in the Université Laval’s laboratory. This is an important step before the instrument being installed on the 3.6-m ESO telescope in La Silla, Chile and joining the well-known high-resolution spectrograph HARPS to […]

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Aerosuisse Award for the CHEOPS team

Aerosuisse Award for the CHEOPS team

The Aerosuisse 2020 Award was presented to the CHEOPS satellite team at the Aerosuisse Annual General Meeting held at Geneva Airport on September 11 to mark its 100th anniversary. The award recognizes the success of the first CHEOPS mission carried out in partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Switzerland. Under the direction of […]

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Art and space

Art and space

#InspiredByOtherWorlds, an “Art contest” for all launched by Europlanet This year and for the first time, the European congress dedicated to exoplanets (which took place in Geneva last year) will take place online, as a consequence of the health crisis. On this occasion the Europlanet society (#EPSC2020) invites schools and space enthusiasts of all ages […]

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ESPRESSO confirms the existence of an exo-Earth 4 light-years away

ESPRESSO confirms the existence of an exo-Earth 4 light-years away

An international team of experts, including researchers from the NCCR PlanetS, has confirmed the existence of the Proxima b extrasolar planet using measurements from the Swiss-built ESPRESSO spectrograph. The existence of a planet the size of Earth around the closest star in the solar system, Proxima Centauri, has been confirmed by an international team of scientists […]

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Six planets (almost) in rythm

Six planets (almost) in rythm

An international team lead by researchers of PlanetS and the University of Geneva has discovered a six-planets system. Almost visible to the naked eye in the Draco constellation, the star HD 158259 has been observed for the last seven years by astronomers using the SOPHIE spectrograph. This instrument, installed at the Haute-Provence Observatory in the […]

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Editorial

Editorial

Living in the days of the Coronavirus is not easy. As many aspects of society shut down in an effort to slow down the progression of the virus, it is difficult to maintain scientific activities. No lectures or colloquia anymore, conferences and schools are cancelled, observatories are restricting operations… Business as usual is no more. […]

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