Scientific Frontiers in Research on Extrasolar Planets
ASP Conference Series, Vol. 28?, 2003
D. Deming et al.
An Automated Search for Extrasolar Planet Transits
M. G. Hidas, J. K. Webb, M. C. B. Ashley, C. H. Lineweaver
University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052 NSW, Australia
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, UK
Abstract. We are setting up a new search for transiting extra-solar
planets using the 0.5m Automated Patrol Telescope at Siding Spring Ob-
servatory, Australia. We will begin regular observations in September
2002. We expect to find 7 new planets per year.
An increasing number of teams are searching for extra-solar planets using the
transit method (see Horne 2002 for a review). Although the probability of
observing a transit for any given star is small, using a wide-field telescope a
large number of stars can be monitored, potentially yielding a higher detection