MASCARA is a fully funded instrument concept consisting of several stations across the globe, with each station containing a battery of cameras to monitor the near-entire sky at each location.Once all stations have been installed, MASCARA will be able to provide a nearly 24-hr coverage of the complete sky, down to magnitude 8, at sub-minute cadence. Its main purpose is to find the brightest transiting exoplanets, expected in the V=4-8 magnitude range, but the concept of MASCARA will also allow for a wealth of secondary science cases. MASCARA is expected to deliver the brightest targets for future exo-planet characterization missions like ECHO.
The two sites for MASCARA: - La Palma for covering the Northern hemisphere - La Silla for the South hemisphere coverage
MASCARA consists now of one operational station in La Palma (Canary Islands). The second station will be located at the ESO stand-off in La Silla (Chile), and will start operation early fall 2016.