The MEarth-North and MEarth-South transit surveys: searching for habitable super-Earth exoplanets around nearby M-dwarfs
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CitationIrwin, Jonathan M., Zachory K. Berta-Thompson, David Charbonneau, Jason Dittmann, Emilio E. Falco, Elisabeth R. Newton, and Philip Nutzman. 2014. The MEarth-North and MEarth-South transit surveys: searching for habitable super-Earth exoplanets around nearby M-dwarfs. In Proceedings of the 18th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and the Sun (Cool Stars 18), Flagstaff, AZ, June 9-13, 2014, ed. G. van Belle & H. Harris.
AbstractDetection and characterization of potentially habitable Earthsize extrasolar planets is one of the major goals of contemporary astronomy. By applying the transit method to very low-mass M-dwarfs, it is possible to find these planets from the ground with present-day instrumentation and observational techniques. The MEarth project is one such survey with stations in both hemispheres: MEarth-North at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, Mount Hopkins, Arizona, and MEarth-South at Cerro Tololo InterAmerican Observatory, Chile. We present an update on recent results of this survey, for planet occurrence rates, and interesting stellar astrophysics, for which our sample of 3000 nearby mid-to-late M-dwarfs has been very fruitful. All light curves gathered during the survey are made publicly available after one year, and we describe how to access and use these data.
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