The second telescope of the European program SPECULOOS, financed by the European Union and managed at ULiège, has just been installed at ESO in Chile.
The researcher is rewarded for his work on the search for planets around neighboring stars. Congratulations !
Michaël Gillon (University of Liège) and Amaury Triaud (University of Cambridge) talk about the discovery of TRAPPIST-1 and the fact that we need to expand our search for life beyond the solar system. An article published in aeon magazine.
Emmanuel Jehin participated in the animations in the Corsica competition, which saw two high school classes win a week in Corsica at the Stareso Oceanographic Station of Liege University.
Michaël Gillon, astronomer at the University of Liège, nominated in the 100 TIME list, the list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Astronomers of the SPECULOOS Liege team are currently at the European Southern Observatory of Paranal (Chile) to commission the first telescope of the project, which is funded by the European Research Council. This telescope, named Europa, is the first of the four telescopes that will comprise the SPECULOOS Southern Observatory which will soon scout the southern skies in search for TRAPPIST-1-like planetary systems around a large sample of nearby ultracool dwarf stars.
ULg astronomers discovered seven telluric planets around the star TRAPPIST-1. “The TRAPPIST-1 system is the largest treasure of terrestrial planets ever detected around a single star.” This discovery, published this week in the journal Nature, revives the quest for life in the Universe.
Laetitia Delrez used information gathered over a period of four years about discoveries and characterizations of hot Jupiters to complete her thesis. She uncovered a wealth of information about these gas giants that orbit very close to their star.
The documentary "In Search of Lives in the Universe", broadcast on France 5 television presents - at the end - the discovery, thanks to the TRAPPIST telescopes, of the Trappist-1 planetary system.