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Sharper infrared eyes for the VLT: ERIS sees first light

Sharper infrared eyes for the VLT: ERIS sees first light

The European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) newest scientific instrument, the Enhanced Resolution Imager and Spectrograph (ERIS) has successfully completed its first test observations. One of them exposed the heart of the galaxy NGC 1097 in mesmerising detail. Installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Cerro Paranal in northern Chile, this infrared instrument will be able […]

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The planetary sciences and the French-Swiss cooperation under the spotlight.

The planetary sciences and the French-Swiss cooperation under the spotlight.

The French-Swiss scientific cooperation was under the spotlight at the University of Bern, during an event organised Wednesday 3rd of November 2021 in collaboration with the French Embassy in Switzerland and Lichtenstein. Professor Magali Deleuil from the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM) was the special guest of this evening entitled “Looking for distant planets.” “We […]

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Planets at Fantasy Basel 2021

PlanetS will be at the Fantasy Basel 2021! The event will take place from the Friday 8th until the Sunday 10th of October. Over 20 scientists from the NCCR PlanetS will attend the event to show you some physics experiments, a collection of meteorites or discuss science with you! In particular, we will have a […]

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When science meets fiction

When science meets fiction

The NCCR PlanetS has been participating to several public events since its creation. Amongst them, there is one which has been recurrent, and this year was no exception… It is not the most obvious one to go to, but over the years, it has established itself as a landmark as it has always been a […]

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We need volunteers!

We need volunteers!

Once more, the NCCR PlanetS will return to Fantasy Basel this year!   From Friday 3rd noon until Sunday 5th of May evening, PlanetS will once again be at the Fantasy Basel event, the Swiss Comic-Con. And this time, we are getting bigger! Our stand will be 600 square-meters in collaboration with the Swiss Space Museum, as it will feature the premiere […]

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The shrinking planet

The shrinking planet

“But where did the hot Neptunes go?” This is the question astronomers have been asking for a long time, faced with the mysterious absence of planets the size of Neptunes very close to their star. A team of researchers, led by astronomers from the University of Geneva, has just discovered that one of these planets […]

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PlanetS at Exoplanets II

PlanetS at Exoplanets II

By Thibaut Roger Two to three hundred exoplanetary scientists from all around the world met in Cambridge from the 2nd of July to the 6th of July, for the Exoplanets II conference. It followed the first edition two years ago in Davos and will continue in Heidelberg in 2 years. More than 30 members and […]

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When science and art meet

When science and art meet

By Thibaut Roger On the 6th and 7th of July 2018, few thousands of visitors, from 1 to 100 years old, enjoyed the 12th edition of the Night of Science. There they could discover sciences, with the thematic of “All an art ?”, under the guidance of few hundreds of scientists and students. The NCCR PlanetS […]

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