MEarth-South Observatory 0.4-meter Telescope (#5)

Photograph of MEarth-South Observatory 0.4-meter Telescope (#5)


The MEarth Project consists of two robotically controlled observatories. The MEarth-North telescope array observes from the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) on Mount Hopkins, Arizona. The MEarth-South telescope array observes from the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) on Cerro Tololo, Chile. By having observatories in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, the project covers the entire sky in our search for exoplanets transiting the closest M dwarfs. Both arrays of telescopes are controlled remotely from offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The MEarth-South array consists of eight 40-centimeter telescopes, each equipped with a CCD camera sensitive to red optical and near-infrared light.

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MEarth-South Observatory 0.4-meter Telescope (#5)

Name(s) MEarth-South Observatory: 0.4-meter Telescope (#5)
Status Operational
Broad Science Goals Transiting Exoplanets
Site Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Chile 
Location Coordinates  
Enclosure Large enclosure with a roll-off roof
Optical Design Optical and near-infrared light
Field of View  
Diameter: Primary M1 0.4 meter
Material: Primary M1  
Diameter: Secondary M2  
Material: Secondary M2  
First Light Date 2014
Adaptive Optics  
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