The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) is a wide-field photometric survey designed to discover transiting exoplanets of Neptune-size and smaller around bright stars (magnitude V<13).
NGTS will employ an array of 12 fully-robotic sm all telescopes operating in the 600-900 nm band, thereby maximizing sensitivity to bright but relatively small host stars (K and early-M spectral type).
NGTS will be sited at ESO-Paranal, home of the ESO’s VLT telescopes, which meets strict requirements for low water vapor and excellent photometric conditions.
The rotating sky above ESO's very large Telescopes at Paranal
Credit: ESO / Stephane Guisard
|Number of telescopes in the array
|Aperture of a single telescope
| Number of active pixels
||2048 x 2048 pixels|
| Pixel size
||13.5 µm x 13.5 µm|
| Image area
||27.6 mm x 27.6 mm|
||600 nm – 900 nm (visible and near IR)|
| Summer 2012
|| on site installation|
| April 2013
|| start of first surveys|
Telescopes at Paranal
Credit: NGTS project / R. West Uni. Leicester
|Telescopes at Paranal|
Credit: NGTS project /R. West Uni. Leicester
Author: Ruth Titz-Weider, email@example.com