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 the beginning of 2015 with four years of operation planned.
The building which will host the twelve NGTS telescopes was finished in summer 2014.
Credit: Gregory Lambert
Telescopes at Paranal
Credit: NGTS project / R. West, University Leicester
Author: Ruth Titz-Weider, firstname.lastname@example.org