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Setting New Standards with HARPS
A super-Earth transiting a nearby low-mass star
Observations of the transiting planet GJ’1214b are reported, finding that the planetary mass and radius are consistent with a composition of primarily water enshrouded by a hydrogen–helium envelope that is only 0.05% of the mass of the planet.
The HARPS search for southern extra-solar planets - XXXI. The M-dwarf sample
Searching for planets around stars with different masses helps us to assess the outcome of planetary formation for different initial conditions. The low-mass M dwarfs are also the most frequent stars
Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS ) will search for planets transiting bright and nearby stars. TESS has been selected by NASA for launch in 2017 as an Astrophysics Explorer mission.
The HARPS search for southern extra-solar planets: XVIII. An Earth-mass planet in the GJ 581 planetary system
The GJ 581 planetary system was already known to harbour three planets, including two presumably rocky planets which straddle its habitable zone. We report here the detection of an additional planet
Spectroscopic parameters for 451 stars in the HARPS GTO planet search program - Stellar [Fe/H] and the frequency of exo-Neptunes
To understand the formation and evolution of solar-type stars in the solar neighborhood, we need to measure their stellar parameters to high accuracy. We present a catalogue of accurate stellar
An Earth-mass planet orbiting α Centauri B
The detection of an Earth-mass planet orbiting the authors' neighbour star α Centauri B, a member of the closest stellar system to the Sun, is reported.
The HARPS search for southern extra-solar planets
Context. We present radial-velocity measurements of eight stars observed with the HARPS Echelle spectrograph mounted on the 3.6-m telescope in La Silla (ESO, Chile). Data span more than ten years and
The HARPS search for southern extra-solar planets. XI. Super-Earths (5 and 8 M{⊕}) in a 3-planet system
This Letter reports on the detection of two super-Earth planets in the Gl 581 system, which is already known to harbour a hot Neptune. One of the planets has a mass of 5 M⊕ and resides at the “warm”
The HARPS search for southern extra-solar planets - VI. A Neptune-mass planet around the nearby M dwarf Gl 581
We report the discovery of a Neptune-mass planet around Gl 581 (M3V, M = 0.31 ), based on precise Doppler measurements with the HARPS spectrograph at La Silla Observatory. The radial velocities