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Minerva: A Dedicated Observatory for Exoplanet Science

Project Minerva is an array of four small telescopes dedicated full time to searching for Earth-like exoplanets around nearby stars. This project is a collaboration among four institutions, University of Montana, Harvard University, Pennsylvania State University and the California Institute of Technology.

The funding for UM will goes towards the purchase of one of the four 0.7-meter telescopes for use in the Minerva array. All four telescopes will be attached to a single state-of-the-art fiber-fed spectrometer for the detection of small rocky planets in orbit around nearby stars. The goal is to detect and characterize these exoplanets in the habitable zones of the stars. A second goal is to investigate recently discovered extrasolar planets and characterize their radii and interior composition.

Contact Info

Mail Nate McCrady
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
E-mail: nate.mccrady@umontana.edu
Phone: (406) 243-2041
Fax: (406) 243-2085
Website: MINERVA
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