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05 Dec 2019
The space telescope CHEOPS is scheduled to begin its journey into space on Tuesday, 17 December 2019 shortly before 10…
25 Nov 2019
Chloe Fisher is a PhD student at the Center of Space and Habitability (CSH) and associate of the NCCR PlanetS.…
20 Nov 2019
At the “Global Science Film Festival” in Bern and Zürich astrophysicists associated with PlanetS discussed a movie about an Indian…
04 Nov 2019
Professors Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz are awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of the first…
04 Nov 2019
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04 Nov 2019
About 1700 astronomers attended the planetology congress from 15th to 20th September organized jointly by the Europeans of the EPSC…
04 Nov 2019
From the 9th to the 11th of September 2019, 31 young researchers from Bern, Geneva, and Zürich gathered at the…
04 Nov 2019
What name would you give to an exoplanet and its star several tens of light years away? To celebrate its…
19 Oct 2019
Last station before launch! The CHEOPS satellite has arrived by plane on 16 October 2019 at Europe's Spaceport Kourou in…
13 Oct 2019
Willy Benz is particularly pleased about this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for the Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier…
09 Oct 2019
A hot, molten Earth would be around 5% larger than its solid counterpart. This is the result of a study…
08 Oct 2019
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded with one half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for…
02 Oct 2019
Are you wondering if your invention/research is commercialisable? Do you need to get a clear picture on how to pursue…
26 Sep 2019
Astronomers detected a giant planet orbiting a small star. The planet has much more mass than theoretical models predict. While…
29 Aug 2019
A rocky extrasolar moon (exomoon) with bubbling lava may orbit a planet 550 light-years away from us. This is suggested…
19 Aug 2019
By Christoph Mordasini Astrophysics - the branch of physics that aims at explaining astronomical observations - differs from most other…
19 Aug 2019
The space telescope CHEOPS is foreseen to launch in the last quarter of 2019. "In July, we carried out the…
19 Aug 2019
While the EPSC (European Planetary Science Congress) and the meeting of the Division of Planetary Science (DPS, USA) are planetology…
14 Aug 2019
New interior models of Jupiter based on data gathered by NASA’s Juno mission suggested that the giant gas planet might…
29 Jul 2019
The Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, CHEOPS, has successfully passed the final analysis review for its launch on a Soyuz rocket from…
19 Jul 2019
Observing stars that are known to harbour planets with unprecedented accuracy to characterise their planetary population – this is the…
24 Jun 2019
When Buzz Aldrin stepped out of the lunar module on 21 July 1969, the first thing he did was to…
24 Jun 2019
The astronomer Monika Lendl has won the Look! business award for the Austrian woman of the year in STEM (Science,…
24 Jun 2019
Sascha Quanz was appointed the new professor of Exoplanets and Habitability at ETH Zurich on 1 June 2019. "I'm delighted that…
24 Jun 2019
Two years ago, the Icelandic company CCP, which markets and operates the EveOnline galactic conquest game, launched the "project discovery",…
03 Jun 2019
For the first time, an international team of astrophysicists, including members of PlanetS, discovered a new kind of exoplanet in…
24 May 2019
Our Solar System may contain alien comets that were stolen from another star flying past 4.5 billion years ago. Far…
21 May 2019
Bern in Space Berne celebrates 50 years of moon landing - When Buzz Aldrin was the second man to leave…
09 May 2019
KELT-9 b is the hottest exoplanet known to date. In the summer of 2018, a joint team of astronomers from…
03 May 2019
PlanetS was at the Fantasy Basel! And talked about many things with you! PostsController@fantasybasel2019
17 Apr 2019
A team of astronomers led by members of PlanetS has discovered five new planets with periods of revolution between 15…
15 Apr 2019
Since its inauguration in 1969, ESO's La Silla Observatory has been at the forefront of astronomy. Its state-of-the-art instruments have…
15 Mar 2019
The Bernese camera CaSSIS delivered new high-resolution, colour images of the surface of Mars. They show curious surface features, water-formed…
13 Mar 2019
Xavier Barcons is Director General of the European Southern Observatory ESO. Last week he travelled to Switzerland for the ESO…
13 Mar 2019
The NCCR PlanetS is now in its second four-year-long phase. 122 members and associates gathered at the end of January…
13 Mar 2019
After being able to measure the masses and the diameters of exoplanets, using the information to deduce what materials they…
13 Mar 2019
Emeline Bolmont has just been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Geneva, a position…
13 Mar 2019
To find out how planets form, astrophysicists run complicated and time consuming computer calculations. Members of the NCCR PlanetS in…
25 Feb 2019
Barely three times larger than the Earth, this new planet is the third closest to our solar system ever discovered.…
11 Feb 2019
Earth’s solid surface and clement climate may be in part due to a massive star in the birth environment of…
19 Dec 2018
Researchers at the Universities of Zurich and Cambridge have discovered a new, exotic class of planets outside our solar system.…
13 Dec 2018
"But where did the hot Neptunes go?" This is the question astronomers have been asking for a long time, faced…
12 Dec 2018
While testing their new subsystem on the SPHERE planet-hunting instrument, a team lead by Hans Martin Schmid, professor of ETH…
06 Dec 2018
Researchers from UNIGE and members of the NCCR PlanetS have found helium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, swollen like…
30 Nov 2018
Planets start out with a bang. During the last stage of planet formation, planetary embryos collide with other protoplanets, causing…
28 Nov 2018
ESPRESSO has been opened to the astronomical community and finally started operations on the 24th of October 2018. Since, it…
28 Nov 2018
"When last year the organizers of the Cité des Métiers asked us whether the astronomy department of the University of…
27 Nov 2018
SAINT-EX is a 1 meter robotic telescope under construction at the National Astronomical Observatory of Mexico in San Pedro Martir.…
24 Nov 2018
The CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite, CHEOPS, will target 15 October to 14 November 2019 for launch as the European Space Agency…
19 Nov 2018
Astrophysicists of the University of Zürich, ETH Zürich and the NCCR PlanetS show how the icy moons of Uranus were…
09 Nov 2018
The Laboratory for Astronomical Instrumentation at ETH Zürich has shipped its first cryogenic wheels that were developed for the new…
25 Oct 2018
BepiColombo blasted off to investigate Mercury. Nicolas Thomas, Co-Principal Investigator of the instrument BELA and Director of the Physics Institute…
25 Oct 2018
The smallest planet in our Solar System has a large iron core. How come? According to the most popular theory,…
25 Oct 2018
After a long tour through Europe, the CHEOPS satellite is back at Airbus Defence and Space Spain in Madrid. On…
25 Oct 2018
When astrophysicists of the NCCR PlanetS at the University of Zürich analyzed their computer simulations they were amazed: The formation…
09 Oct 2018
Researchers of the NCCR PlanetS at the University of Zürich have analyzed the composition and structure of far-away exoplanets using…
27 Aug 2018
The research satellite CHEOPS was developed jointly by the University of Bern and the European Space Agency ESA. At an…
27 Aug 2018
Researchers of the Universities of Bern and Zürich and of ETH Zürich show how Jupiter was formed. Data collected from…
23 Aug 2018
The MiARD project (Multi-instrument Analysis of Rosetta Data) was a 30-month international research project led by the University of Bern…
22 Aug 2018
When the NASA science director comes to Bern, a full lecture hall is guaranteed. This was naturally the case on…
22 Aug 2018
In front of the dome housing the Swiss 1.2-metre Euler Telescope in La Silla, after a sunny day, a South…
22 Aug 2018
30 members of PlanetS gathered on the 9th of July 2018 in Bern for a workshop with the title “Exoplanet…
16 Aug 2018
Metal vapours have been detected in the atmosphere of an “ultra-hot Jupiter” by a team of astronomers led by the…
31 Jul 2018
Just about 4.5 billion years ago, our sun went through an active phase during which it shone much more brightly…
17 Jul 2018
The method of transits, consisting of detecting a dip in the luminosity of the host star at the time the…
12 Jul 2018
Together with the CHEOPS space telescope 2748 miniaturized drawings will fly into space in the first half of 2019. The…
12 Jul 2018
The Japanese space probe Hayabusa2 has reached the asteroid Ryugu. Hayabusa means peregrine falcon in Japanese, Ryugu is the name…
12 Jul 2018
The Workshop Mechanical workshop of the astronomy department of the University of Geneva: It is in this workshop that some of…
12 Jul 2018
Tackling humanity’s biggest challenges with Artificial Intelligence: Uni Bern scientist at NASA’s Frontier Development Lab The NASA FDL Astrobiology team…
26 Jun 2018
Astrophysicists of the NCCR PlanetS contributed to a series of NASA papers that lay out strategies to search for signs…
25 Jun 2018
At the University of Bern, astrophysicists of the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) teamed up with medical technology researchers…
20 Jun 2018
Each exoplanet revolves around a star, like the Earth around the Sun. This is why it is generally impossible to…
23 May 2018
The Gva HELIOS team: Xavier Dumusque, Thibaut Pirson, François Wildi and Thibault Wildi (Photo UniGe) The detection of small exoplanets…
21 May 2018
Formation of Atlas, one of the small inner moons of Saturn. Its flat, ravioli-like shape is the result of a…
03 May 2018
For the first time, an international team of astronomers including members of PlanetS has detected helium in an exoplanet’s atmosphere.…
27 Apr 2018
The Mars camera CaSSIS on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has returned its first colour images of the red planet.…
11 Apr 2018
With an instrument at the Very Large Telescope in Chile scientists of ETH Zurich and NCCR PlanetS observed planet-forming disks…
05 Apr 2018
Construction of the space telescope CHEOPS is finished. The engineers from the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) at the…
05 Apr 2018
Christopher Broeg is project manager of the CHEOPS mission. A consortium of more than 100 scientists and engineers in eleven…
05 Apr 2018
NASA plans to launch a new exoplanet satellite called TESS on 16 April 2018. It is expected to discover thousands…
05 Apr 2018
Christophe Lovis, a member of NCCR PlanetS at the University of Geneva, received the "La Recherche" prize at the beginning…
05 Apr 2018
On 28 March 2018, the exhibition "Expedition Sonnensystem – Mit der ETH auf Forschungsreise durchs All" opened to the public…
05 Apr 2018
Worldwide Science Slam series «Astronomy on Tap» lands in Bern If talking about astronomy and space science over drinks in…
29 Mar 2018
The winning entry of the fairing sticker competition designed by Denis Vrenko. (Credit: ESA/D. Vrenko) A colourful design by Denis…
05 Mar 2018
Comets which consist of two parts, like Chury, can form after a catastrophic collision of larger bodies.  Such collisions may…
14 Feb 2018
The membres of the ESPRESSO team announced that the first light of ESPRESSO with the four VLT 8.2-meter Unit Telescopes…
05 Feb 2018
Researchers at the University of Bern are providing the most precise calculations so far of the masses of the seven…
01 Feb 2018
With two prestigious awards, conferred at the end of 2017, Kevin Heng started an exciting year. The professor at the…
18 Dec 2017
Astronomers members of PlanetS, discovered that the GJ436b, nicknamed “the comet-like exoplanet” because it evaporates like a comet, follows a…
07 Dec 2017
The new ultra-high resolution spectrograph developed by a consortium led by Francesco Pepe professor at the Department of Astronomy of…
07 Dec 2017
The Council of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has elected Willy Benz, Professor at the University of Bern, as its…
07 Dec 2017
The Swiss 20 franc note. (Image SNF) There is a good chance that you are carrying 51 Pegasi around with…
07 Dec 2017
What do the images of Mars, Comet Chury or other celestial bodies really show? For a reliable answer researchers at…
07 Dec 2017
Planetary formation starts with small dust grains in disks surrounding young stars. But dust growth is hindered by collisional fragmentation…
17 Nov 2017
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team including member of…
15 Nov 2017
To directly image exoplanets, coronagraphs are usually used to block the light from the host star. Instead of using a…
15 Nov 2017
Prof. Michel Mayor, Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour. (Photos PlanetS) „Professor Michel Mayor, on behalf…
15 Nov 2017
From the 11th to the 13th of September, thirty-three PhD students and postdocs, members or associates of PlanetS met together…
01 Nov 2017
Thanks to a new instrument developed in part by the Geneva Observatory, an international team of astronomers discovered a giant…
20 Oct 2017
Ewine van Dishoeck is a pioneer in astrochemistry and one of the most famous female astronomers in the world. Invited…
27 Sep 2017
The airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) observed a mini-eclipse of the extrasolar planet GJ 1214b. The goal was…
27 Sep 2017
Our campaign to collect CHEOPS children drawings is completing a major milestone as the first plaques have been engraved. The…
27 Sep 2017
According to theory, the moon was created during a gigantic collision between the earth and another celestial body called Theia.…
27 Sep 2017
The Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) was built at the University of Bern. As part of ESA’s Trace…
27 Sep 2017
After almost 10 years of studies, construction, problems, efforts and sleepless nights, the ESPRESSO spectrograph left at the end of…
27 Sep 2017
The characterization of habitable or even inhabited exoplanets is one of the ultimate goals of modern astrophysics. Reviving the concept…
25 Sep 2017
On September 11, around 140 invited guests celebrated the 50th anniversary of space research at the University of Bern. Among…
14 Sep 2017
Astronomers members of PlanetS have discovered a comet-like exoplanet that trails an enormous coma of gas behind it. Astronomers from…
01 Sep 2017
The NIRPS (Near Infra Red Planet Searcher) instrument will be installed on the 3.6 m telescope at ESO’s La Silla…
31 Aug 2017
An international team of astronomers led by Vincent Bourrier member of PlanetS used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to estimate…
31 Aug 2017
During ten days in August 2017, the CHEOPS telescope had to withstand various tests on the shaker at the University…
31 Aug 2017
Some members and associates of PlanetS were lucky to be able to watch the solar eclipse in the US on…
31 Aug 2017
NASA has just appointed Kevin Heng, director of the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) at the University of Bern,…
03 Aug 2017
Scientists have found unmistakable evidence for a stratosphere on an enormous planet outside our solar system, with an atmosphere hot…
12 Jul 2017
In our previous update, we reported on the delivery of the CHEOPS telescope from Florence to Bern. While the scientific…
06 Jul 2017
An international team of astronomers, including PlanetS members and associates at the universities of Bern and Geneva, and at ETHZ…
20 Jun 2017
ESA launches Europe’s largest exoplanet research mission, with partners from the Universities of Geneva and Bern. PLATO, the largest European exoplanet research…
14 Jun 2017
The Center for Space and Habitability at the University of Bern (CSH), the University of Geneva (UNIGE), and their partners…
14 Jun 2017
With his bright red colored hair Konstantin Batygin looks more like a rock musician than an astrophysicist. In fact, he…
14 Jun 2017
SPIRou is a near infra red instrument mainly designed to detect exoplanets by measuring radial velocities of M dwarf stars…
07 Jun 2017
The avatar of Michel Mayor which will be implemented in the video game Eve Online is ready. CCP, the firm…
22 May 2017
After 60 hours of non-stop work, researchers at the University of Bern being part of an international team reached their…
15 May 2017
The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) project is dedicated to finding Neptune sized transiting exoplanets around bright southern hemisphere host stars.…
15 May 2017
April the 7th of 2017 will remain as a special day for Michel Mayor. Indeed, he found himself alone on…
03 May 2017
At the end of April 2017, an eagerly-awaited cargo from Italy arrived at the University of Bern: the telescope flight…
20 Apr 2017
An international team of astronomers, including researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the NCCR PlanetS, discovered a rocky…
06 Apr 2017
Now it is clear: the space telescope CHEOPS - CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite - will be launched with a Soyuz rocket…
03 Apr 2017
The participants of the PlanetS workshop. (Photo PlanetS) A workshop on planets in binary stars was organized on Monday 27th…
24 Mar 2017
Pictures of Venus from the Earth between December 2016 and March 2017. (Credit: Serge Brunier) On Saturday 25th of March…
22 Mar 2017
The discovery of seven earth-like planets around an ultracool star made headlines worldwide. How does the so called TRAPPIST-1 system…
22 Mar 2017
Hubble's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is complete. It still has to undergo a battery of tests before…
22 Mar 2017
Just as you can tell where your friend spent his holidays based on the tan of his skin, scientists can…
22 Mar 2017
The American business magazine Forbes is famous for its annual ranking lists of young influential people in different categories. Among…
22 Mar 2017
In the next months, engineers at the University of Bern will assemble the CHEOPS space telescope integrating parts arriving from…
13 Mar 2017
The Icelandic firm CCP teamed up with Michel Mayor, renowned exoplanet astronomer and honorary professor at the University of Geneva,…
09 Mar 2017
PlanetS researchers observed Trappist-1 and its planets with the Hubble Space Telescope to find out if life was possible on…
01 Mar 2017
Dr. Julia Venturini studies mini-Neptunes. (Photo: Sylviane Blum) For her work about planet formation Julia Venturini received the prize for…
22 Feb 2017
An international team of astronomers has discovered a compact analogue of our inner solar system about 40 light-years away. Brice-Olivier…
14 Feb 2017
At the University of Bern, the CHEOPS team integrated all electrical and electronic parts into a model of the space…
14 Feb 2017
Francesco Pepe, head of ESPRESSO, in the new clean room of the Astrotech building. (Photo: Alessandro Della Bella) ESPRESSO, the…
02 Feb 2017
An international team of astronomers led by Dan Bayliss of the Observatory of the University of Geneva and member of…
02 Feb 2017
As science director of NASA, Thomas Zurbuchen is one of the world’s most influential scientists. In January 2017, he visited…
27 Jan 2017
David Ehrenreich explains how exoplanets are detected. (Image: Euronews) The multilingual news channel Euronews visited the Observatory of Geneva and…
17 Jan 2017
Professors Michel Mayor (Faculty of Sciences UNIGE) and Didier Queloz (Faculty of Science UNIGE / Cambridge University) both members of…
13 Jan 2017
In an article published in A&A early January, a team led by Christophe Lovis of PlanetS shows that it would…
22 Dec 2016
A team of astronomers including Christophe Lovis, member of PlanetS, confirmed in a press release distributed by ESO that Proxima…
08 Dec 2016
What's more motivating for a student than to participate in research and perhaps make a real discovery. This is what…
08 Dec 2016
Brice-Olivier Demory is looking for earth-sized, potentially habitable exoplanets. Part of his research strategy is building a telescope in Mexico.…
08 Dec 2016
On 24 November 2016, the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne opened the new space exhibition. A few days later,…
08 Dec 2016
On Thursday 17 November the European Research Council (ERC) announced to David Ehrenreich, leader of NCCR PlanetS sub-project 3.2 in…
29 Nov 2016
The Mars Camera, CaSSIS, on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter captured its first high resolution images of the Red Planet…
26 Nov 2016
"Launches are inherently dangerous," said Nicolas Thomas, when he waited at Baikonur Cosmodrome for ExoMars to lift off in March…
09 Nov 2016
Based on computer simulations, Astrophysicists at the University of Bern conclude that the comet Chury did not obtain its duck-like…
02 Nov 2016
Caroline Dorn filmed by an Arte camera team. (Photo: Arte TV) A TV documentary called „The Luther Code“ asks how…
27 Oct 2016
Young giant planets are born from gas and dust. Researchers of ETH Zürich and the Universities of Zürich and Bern…
24 Oct 2016
Computer simulations by astrophysicists at the University of Bern of the formation of planets orbiting in the habitable zone of…
03 Oct 2016
At the University of Bern about 300 guests and the Swiss media followed the end of the spacecraft Rosetta that…
28 Sep 2016
On Friday 30 September 2016 the European spacecraft Rosetta will crash into the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Aboard the Rosetta spacecraft is…
28 Sep 2016
Ravit Helled occupies an office in the buildings of the Irchel campus, University of Zurich, Y11 building. She is with…
28 Sep 2016
On 19 October 2016, the spacecraft Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) of the European ExoMars mission will manoeuvre into Mars orbit.…
28 Sep 2016
This interactive page describes the different elements of the optical bench to test and calibrate the entire optics of the…
21 Sep 2016
Hilke Schlichting, Professor at MIT/UCLA, came to NCCR PlanetS as Visiting Scholar for two weeks in September 2016. The Visiting…
25 Aug 2016
A team of astronomers has discovered a planet similar to Earth orbiting Proxima Centauri in just over 11 days. This…
10 Aug 2016
The early phase of star and planet formation can be very violent. Usually, dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of stars…
10 Aug 2016
To kick off its annual "school trip" around the country, the Swiss Federal Council paid the Center for Space and…
21 Jul 2016
Normally computers speed up calculations. But with his new pen-and-paper formula Kevin Heng of the University of Bern gets his…
19 Jul 2016
On 19-20 July, approximately 30 scientists and engineers representing five partner institutions met on the ETH Honggerberg campus to review…
14 Jul 2016
To students, Scott Tremaine is best known as co-author of “the bible of astrophysics”. His textbook “Galactic Dynamics” is one…
01 Jul 2016
Twenty-eight NCCR PlanetS researchers representing six out of the seven research projects met on 7 June at the ETH in…
30 Jun 2016
Astrotech, the new building of the Geneva Observatory with its solar concentrator on the roof. The roof of Astrotech Astrotech,…
29 Jun 2016
Water is necessary for life as we know it, but too much water is bad for habitability. Therefore, to study…
29 Jun 2016
"The Universe provides ample scope to use one’s own imagination,” says Anna Lehninger.   The art historian investigates children's drawings as…
07 Jun 2016
Space missions exploring Venus unveiled a Venusian world of active volcanoes, shining mountains, and river valleys carved by torrents of…
15 Apr 2016
Asteroid interiors in the early solar system - from fluffy snowballs to internal magma oceans In the nascent solar system,…
14 Apr 2016
Since its launch on March 14, 2016, the ExoMars probe is on its way to Mars. The spacecraft with the…
07 Apr 2016
Astrophysicists at the University of Bern have modelled the evolution of the putative planet in the outer solar system. They…
31 Mar 2016
Children in Switzerland and all over Europe made thousands of imaginative drawings of stars, planets, rockets, satellites, aliens and CHEOPS.…
24 Mar 2016
The Universities of Bern and Geneva and members of the NCCR PlanetS are involved in one of the instruments for…
24 Mar 2016
Kappa Andromedae b is one of the few substellar objects outside our Solar System that has been directly photographed. Whereas…
08 Mar 2016
On 14 March 2016, a new Mars mission will be launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan. Aboard the European spacecraft is…
08 Mar 2016
Members of PlanetS have joined the worldwide race to spot the alleged ninth major object in the outer Solar System.…
08 Mar 2016
How do we define what "habitable" means on another planet and how do we look for life elsewhere in the…
10 Feb 2016
Planet-hunting SPHERE Images First Circumbinary Planet System with Disc HD 106906AB is a double star located in the constellation of…
02 Feb 2016
At the second General Assembly of the NCCR PlanetS the members presented project highlights and discussed future interdisciplinary ventures. “People…
13 Jan 2016
With 216 square meter of cleanliness, the new clean room of the Geneva Observatory is the largest in the French-speaking…
14 Dec 2015
The formation of Earth-like planets is like billiards: A tiny change in the first collision of the building blocks can…
14 Dec 2015
“Building the world’s largest telescopes at ESO” was the title of Tim de Zeeuw’s talk at the University of Bern.…
14 Dec 2015
In association with the Canadians from the Montreal University and Brasilian colleagues from the Natal University, the Geneva Observatory and…
14 Dec 2015
The video shows the successful baffle cover opening test performed at Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) – Spain after the…
07 Oct 2015
A research team has observed structures racing out from the centre of a young star's debris disk at high speeds.…
23 Sep 2015
To test the accuracy and stability of the CHEOPS photometer, a light source with a variability of less than the…
23 Sep 2015
After the arrival of the vacuum vessel that was installed last October 2014 in a temporary clean room, it is…
23 Sep 2015
Bacterium, virus, fungus: Which one of these three things is not considered to be a living organism? The quiz question…
28 Aug 2015
Planets with a deep, global ocean should be very common. But their habitable zone is much narrower compared to Earth-like…
03 Aug 2015
Astronomers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and members of the NCCR PlanetS have teased out a secret planetary system…
07 Jul 2015
„To search for anomalies is the best available strategy to discover the forms of life – on Earth and elsewhere“,…
01 Jul 2015
Astronomers of PlanetS have confirmed the existence of a young gas giant planet that is still embedded in the gas…
25 Jun 2015
Astronomers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and members of the NCCR -for National Centre of Competence in Research- PlanetS…
04 Jun 2015
In 10 years we have learned to improve the performance of optical fibers including giving them an octagonal shape. A…
28 May 2015
Rosetta’s target «Chury» and other comets observed by space missions show common evidence of layered structures and bi-lobed shapes. With…
27 May 2015
Great honour for Nicolas Thomas from PlanetS at the University of Berne: The scientist was selected as part of the…
27 May 2015
  Swiss telescope Euler and 3.6m at La Silla, Chile. (Credit ESO) The Arte television channel aired Tuesday, May 26…
14 May 2015
Artist's impression of 51pegb. (Credit ESO) 51pegb: 20 years after its discovery, astronomers have managed to obtain its spectrum.  …
08 May 2015
In order to show the extraordinary diversity of planetary systems (multiple or single) discovered to date, PlanetS offers once a…
21 Apr 2015
When Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz discovered the first exoplanet orbiting a normal star twenty years ago, they started a…
20 Apr 2015
«Comets give us good clues that the planet formation era was violent and the early solar system very different from…
13 Apr 2015
Studying the atmosphere of an exoplanet, astronomers of the NCCR PlanetS derived a temperature profile with unprecedented precision. Their results…
30 Mar 2015
500 people! Never before hosted the Natural History Museum of Geneva so many people for an opening of a temporary…
04 Mar 2015
An outstanding vacuum chamber in a brand new laboratory is now waiting for the space telescope CHEOPS at the Center…
02 Mar 2015
Are we alone in the universe? «This is one of the questions that drives us forward», says Ellen Stofan, NASA’s…
29 Jan 2015
The NCCR-PlanetS folks meet for the first time ever in Anzère (Vs). All participants pose up for the first group…
06 Jan 2015
The CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) has been selected in 2012 as the first S-class mission in ESA's Science Programme. It is…
23 Dec 2014
Geneva astronomers, members of an international team and the Nccr PlanetS, discovered a super-Earth thank to Harps-N and the repaird…
23 Dec 2014
The vacuum tank of ESPRESSO The Geneva observatory received the vacuum tank Stunned for Wins ESPRESSO, DE the new spectrometer…

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