CYCLOPS - A Better Way to Find Extrasolar Planets

  • Lattanzio, John (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Bedding, Timothy (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Carter, Bradley (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Colless, Matthew (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Da Costa, Gary (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Freeman, Kenneth (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Kiss, Laszlo (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Marsden, Stephen (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Norris, John (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Tinney, Christopher (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Description

The primary scientific driver for this new facility is the search for planets orbiting other stars. Australian astronomers, and the Anglo-Australian Telescope, have played a leading role in this new frontier for astronomy, detecting 25 of the 250-odd extrasolar planets known to orbit nearby stars. The CYCLOPS project brings together a team of leading Australian astronomers to build on this track record with a new facility that further advances Australia's capabilities in both this field, and several other high-profile astronomical endeavours: including the study of seismology in stellar interiors, the detailed measurement of elemental abundances in stars throughout our Galaxy, and the mapping of spot features on the surfaces of stars.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/0931/12/09

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Monash University
  • Monash University