A team of astronomers from the UK, France and Switzerland has discovered two new planets, orbiting around other stars. The extrasolar planets, named WASP-1b (also named as Garafía-1) and WASP-2b,
were identified using the transit method by the world’s biggest survey planet-hunting telescope, known as SuperWASP North,
and confirmed using a new instrument, known as SOPHIE, at the Observatoire de Haute Provence, France. These are the first extrasolar planets found by SuperWASP and it is expected that it will find dozens more of them over the next few years.
The SuperWASP facility is operated by the WASP consortium which consists of representatives from the Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Cambridge (Wide Field Astronomy Unit), the
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, the University of Keele, the University of Leicester, the Open University, the University of St Andrews and the South African Astronomical Observatory.
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