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Exoplanets

 An artist's impression of an extra solar planet Photo credit: David Hardy, astroart.org Copyright: STFC
An artist's impression of an exoplanetary system. David Hardy, astroart.org

In 1995, the seminal discovery of the first giant planet outside of the solar system sparked a real revolution in astronomy. The completely unexpected characteristics of this first planet captured the imagination and interest of the scientific community and the general public alike. More than thousand exoplanets are known. We have learned that they are quite commonly found in the Universes, but that their characteristics are much more diverse than originally predicted: some are significantly larger than our Solar System’s Jupiter, while others are smaller than the Earth. Our team is conducting coherent effort towards the detection and characterization of exoplanets with the goal of advancing our understanding of their formation, their structure, and eventually their habitability. It includes the development of new instrumentation, and observation program with various ground based facilities and satellite.

We are part of the Cambridge Exoplanet Research Centre.   

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Left to right: B.-O. Demory, S. Thompson, M. Neveu-VanMalle, D. Queloz, E. Gillen, R. Hall, M. Günther and V. Hodzic.