TRAPPIST: a robotic telescope dedicated to the study of planetary systems
Institut d’Astrophysique et de Géophysique, Université de Liège, 17
Allée du 6 Août, Bat. B5C, 4000 Liège, Belgium
2 Observatoire de Genève, Université de Genève, 51 Chemin des Maillettes, 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland
We present here a new robotic telescope called TRAPPIST1 (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope). Equipped with a high-quality CCD camera mounted on a 0.6 meter light weight optical tube, TRAPPIST has been installed in April 2010 at the ESO La Silla Observatory (Chile), and is now beginning its scientiﬁc program. The science goal of TRAPPIST is the study of planetary systems through two approaches: the detection and study of exoplanets, and the study of comets. We describe here the objectives of the project, the hardware, and we present some of the ﬁrst results obtained during the commissioning phase.
For more details about TRAPPIST, see http//www.astro.ulg.ac.be/sci/Trappist
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