Finding the brightest exoplanets

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.

Latest News

MASCARA celebrates one year of data acquisition

on Oct. 10, 2015

First station is operational!

on Oct. 10, 2014

MASCARA first PhD has arrived

on Sept. 1, 2014

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MASCARA in a glance

Observed :

  • between 1736.9 and 3092.4 and hours of Northern sky at 6.4sec cadence.
  • between 0.0 and 0.0 and hours of Southern sky at 6.4sec cadence
  • More than 80 000 stars
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