1st April 2008
The (Super)Wasp Factory Finds 10 New Planets In The Last 6 Months
In the last 6 months an international team of astronomers have used two batteries of cameras, one in the Canary Islands and one in South Africa, to discover 10 new planets in orbit around other stars (commonly known as extrasolar planets). The results from the Wide Area Search for Planets (SuperWASP) will be announced by team member Dr Don Pollacco of Queen’s University Belfast, in his talk at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2008) on Tuesday 1 April.
More information on the planets can be found on this page.
Full details can be found from the press release:
31st Oct 2007
SuperWASP announces discovery of three planets
The SuperWASP consortium has announced the discovery of three transiting hot-Jupiters. WASP-3b, discovered by the SuperWASP-North observatory is in the constellation Lyra and WASP-4b and WASP-5b, which are the first planets to be discovered by the SuperWASP-South observatory are both in Phoenix. More information on the planets can be found on this page.
11th Aug 2007 SuperWASP featured on BBC2's "The Cosmos"
SuperWASP-North and the project principal scientist Don
Pollacco were featured in the BBC2 series "The Cosmos - A beginners
guide" presented by Adam Hart-Davis. More information can be found
here or alternatively watch a short clip below (courtesy of Dave Rothery, OU):
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26th Sept 2006
SuperWASP discovers two planets press release
discovered 2 new extra-solar transiting planets in the
constellations Andromeda and Delphinus. The discoveries were
made with data from the SuperWASP-North observatory and confirmed by
radial velocity using the newly commissioned SOPHIE spectrograph at
the observatoire de Haute Provence.
The planets, known as WASP-1b and WASP-2b, are roughly Jupiter sized
gas-giant planets in close orbits to their parent stars. They are
among the hottest planets yet discovered.
Full details can be found from the press
The scientific paper submitted to MNRAS can be found here: