n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Project Solaris - a Southern Hemisphere robotic telescope network : news notes




Project Solaris is a Polish scientific initiative to open a new frontier in the hunt for extrasolar planets. With the Kepler Space Telescope discovering hundreds of systems with planets, some of them harbouring as many as six exoplanets, it was time for a new method and new targets. A few years ago professor Konacki with the experience on radio pulsars timing and radial velocity measurements started to formulate the idea of a search for circumbinary planets utilising a new method - eclipse timing. This method is different to the one where one looks for planets crossing the surface of the star. In our case we look for the eclipses of stars, not the star and the planet.


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