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 has seen the first light on January 15, 2015 with four years of operation planned.
Eight out of twelve telecopes mounts are completed (March 2015). Set-up will be completed in the next months.
Credit: G. Lambert
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, email@example.com