paranal observatory

paranal observatory

The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) at Paranal

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The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) is located at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. This project will search for transiting exoplanets — planets that pass in front of their parent star and hence produce a slight dimming of the star’s light that can be detected by sensitive instruments. The telescopes will focus on discovering Neptune-sized and smaller planets, with diameters between two and eight times that of Earth. This time-lapse sequence shows the system during testing under a brilliant Moon. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1502c/ Credit: ESO/G. Lambert