NGTS - Uncovering New Worlds with Ultra-Precise Photometry

D. Bayliss, P. Wheatley, R. West, D. Pollacco, D. R. Anderson, D. Armstrong, E. Bryant, H. Cegla, B. Cooke, B. Gänsicke, S. Gill, J. Jackman, T. Loudon, J. McCormac, J. Acton, M. R. Burleigh, S. Casewell, M. Goad, B. Henderson, A. HoganL. Raynard, R. H. Tilbrook, J. Briegal, E. Gillen, D. Queloz, G. Smith, P. Eigmüller, A. M. S. Smith, Christopher Watson, F. Bouchy, M. Lendl, L. D. Nielsen, S. Udry, J. Jenkins, J. Vines, A. Jordán, M. Moyano, M. N. Günther

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The Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) is a state-of-the-art photometric facility located at ESO's Paranal Observatory. NGTS is able to reach a precision of 150 ppm in 30 minutes, making it the most precise ground-based photometric system in the world. This precision has led to the discovery of a rare exoplanet in the "Neptune Desert"(NGTS-4b), the shortest-period hot Jupiter ever discovered (NGTS-10b), and the first exoplanet recovered from a TESS monotransit candidate (NGTS-11b). It has also allowed NGTS to characterise exoplanet candidates transiting very bright stars (V <10) from the TESS mission, and to make coordinated observations in support of VLT programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-32
JournalThe Messenger
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2020


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