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Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exo-planet REsearch







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Boulevard of Broken Rings

22 June 2016

This Picture of the Week illustrates the remarkable capabilities of SPHERE to detect a series of broken rings of dust around a nearby star.

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 Mysterious Ripples Found Racing Through Planet-forming Disc

22 June 2016

Using images from ESO’s Very Large Telescope and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered never-before-seen structures within a dusty disc surrounding a nearby star. The fast-moving wave-like features in the disc of the (...)

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First Light for SPHERE Exoplanet Imager (French PR)

5 June 2014

4 Juin 2014 - Installé avec succès sur le Très Grand Télescope (VLT) de l’ESO, l’instrument européen SPHERE vient d’obtenir sa première lumière. Ce véritable chasseur d’exoplanètes permettra de détecter en imagerie directe des exoplanètes gazeuses et des (...)

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This picture shows the SPHERE exoplanet instrument for the VLT just before it left France and was shipped to Chile in February 2014. ©IPAG/J.-L. Beuzit Complex optics of the SPHERE exoplanet instrument. SPHERE uses many highly optimised techniques to allow the very faint light from an exoplanet to be detected, despite the overwhelming glare from its parent star. 

©IPAG/J.-L. Beuzit © Beuzit et al./ESO



Project

The SPHERE instrument will explore the close environment of nearby stars in search for other planetary systems. VLT second generation instrument, this high contrast spectro-polarimeter will allow the detection and characterization of exoplanets in outer regions of planetary systems by direct imaging, in a manner complementary to other techniques, including radial velocitiy and photometric transits.


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