WASP

SuperWASP is the UK's leading extra-solar planet detection program comprising of a consortium of eight academic institutions which include Cambridge University, the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, the Isaac Newton Group of telescopes, Keele University, Leicester University, the Open University, Queen's University Belfast and St. Andrew's University. It is expected that SuperWASP will revolutionise our understanding of planet formation paving the way for future space missions searching for 'Earth' like worlds.

SuperWASP consists of two robotic observatories. The first, SuperWASP-North is located on the island of La Palma amongst the Isaac Newton Group of telescopes (ING). The second, SuperWASP-South is located at the site of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), just outside Sutherland, South Africa. The observatories are identical and consist of 8 wide-angle cameras that simultaneously monitor the sky for planetary transit events. A transit occurs when a planet passes in front of its parent star temporarily blocking some of the light from it. By continuously imaging the sky, SuperWASP can detect these changes in brightness and infer the presence of a planet.

The Leicester SuperWASP website can be found at http://www.wasp.le.ac.uk/

This text is taken from the SuperWASP website. For further information, please go to the main site http://www.superwasp.org/how.htm.

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