Current status of the superwasp project

D. J. Christian*, D. L. Pollacco, W. I. Clarkson, A. Collier Cameron, N. Evans, A. Fitzsimmons, C. A. Haswell, C. Hellier, S. T. Hodgkin, K. Horne, S. R. Kane, F. P. Keenan, T. A. Lister, A. J. Norton, R. Ryans, I. Skillen, R. A. Street, R. G. West, P. J. Wheatley

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We present the current status of the SuperWASP project, a Wide Angle Search for Planets. SuperWASP consists of up to 8 individual cameras using ultra-wide field lenses backed by high-quality passively cooled CCDs. Each camera covers 7.8 × 7.8 sq degrees of sky, for nearly 500 sq degrees of sky coverage. SuperWASP I, located in LaPalma, is currently operational with 5 cameras and is conducting a photometric survey of a large numbers of stars in the magnitude range ∼7 to 15. The collaboration has developed a custom-built reduction pipeline and aims to achieve better than 1 percent photometric precision. The pipeline will also produce well sampled light curves for all the stars in each field which will be used to detect: planetary transits, optical transients, and track Near-Earth Objects. Status of current observations, and expected rates of extrasolar planetary detections will be presented. The consortium members, institutions, and further details can be found on the web site at:

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP Issue 560
Number of pages3
Edition560 I
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2005
Event13th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 05 Jul 200409 Jul 2004

Publication series

NameEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
ISSN (Print)0379-6566


Conference13th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun


  • Instrumentation: Photometric
  • Stars: Planetary systems
  • Techniques: Photometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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