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 small telescopes operating in the 600-900 nm band, thereby maximizing sensitivity to bright but relatively small host stars (K- and early M-type stars).
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. It will operate with a precision of 1 mmag.
NGTS will see the first light in 2014 with four years of operation planned.
The rotating sky above ESO's very large Telescopes at Paranal
Credit: ESO / Stephane Guisard
Telescopes at Paranal
Credit: NGTS project / R. West, University Leicester
Author: Ruth Titz-Weider, email@example.com