MASCARA planet hunting system at ESO’s La Silla Observatory

The MASCARA (Multi-site All-Sky CAmeRA) station at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile achieved first light in July 2017. This new facility will seek out transiting exoplanets as they pass in front of their bright parent stars and create a catalogue of targets for future exoplanet characterisation observations.

This nighttime view shows MASCARA in the foreground and other telescopes at the La Silla Observatory in the background, stretching up to the ESO 3.6-metre telescope that appears on the horizon.

Credit:

ESO/G. Otten and G. J. Talens

About the Image

Id:eso1722e
Type:Photographic
Release date:19 July 2017, 12:00
Related releases:eso1722
Size:6000 x 4000 px

About the Object

Name:MASCARA
Type:Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Facility
Category:La Silla

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