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Welcome to the WASP website

SuperWASP is the UK's leading extra-solar planet detection programme. It originally comprised a consortium of eight academic institutions: 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. Andrews University. The WASP project is currently funded and operated by Warwick University and Keele University.

SuperWASP consists of two robotic observatories that operate continuously all year around, allowing us to cover both hemispheres of the sky. 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 (Click on the map for more information). The observatories each consist of eight 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 (see the How it works section). The eight wide-angle cameras allow us to monitor millions of stars simultaneously enabling us to detect the rare transit events. Details of the planets discovered by the WASP project can be found here.

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The SuperWASP Public Archive can be found here (US) or here (CZ)

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Last updated: 27/03/2014