SuperWASP - the Super Wide Angle Search for Planets by Pierre Maxted, Keele University

SuperWASP is a project to detect giant planets which orbit stars with orbital periods of a few days. About 1/1000 solar-type stars are expected to show a regular dip in brightness as the planet passes across the face of the star. The SuperWASP instruments are robotic observatories that collect data for thousands of stars so that we can search for this signal. I will outline the current status of searches for extrasolar planets, describe the construction and operation of the SuperWASP instruments and show some early results from the project.

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