Jan 16

Follow a Live Planet Hunt! — Pale Red Dot campaign launched

Source: ESO Outreach

Proxima_Centauri,_our_nearest_neighbourProxima Centauri as seen by Hubble.Image credits: ESA/Hubble.

Last Friday, ESO launched the Pale Red Dot project — a unique outreach campaign that will allow the general public to follow scientists from around the globe as they search for an Earth-like exoplanet around the closest star to us, Proxima Centauri. The observing campaign will run from January to April 2016 and will be accompanied by blog posts and social media updates. No one knows what the outcome will be. In the months following the observations, the scientists will analyse the data and submit the results to a peer-reviewed journal.

You can read more about the campaign here: https://www.eso.org/public/announcements/ann16002/
Blog updates are available here: http://www.palereddot.org/
You can also follow the campaign on Twitter @Pale_Red_Dot and interact with scientists using the hashtag #PaleRedDot

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Feb 12

Fizeau exchange visitors program - call for applications

The Fizeau exchange visitors program in optical interferometry funds (travel and accommodation) visits of researchers to an institute of his/her choice (within the European Community) to perform collaborative work and training on one of the active topics of the European Interferometry Initiative. The visits will typically last for one month, and strengthen the network of astronomers engaged in technical, scientific and training work on optical/infrared interferometry. The program is open for all levels of astronomers (Ph.D. students to tenured staff). Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek also partial support from their home or host institutions.

The deadline for applications is the 15th of March for visits starting 1st of May.

Note that an early next call may be issued in June for visits starting in July.

Further informations and application forms can be found at


The program is funded by OPTICON/FP7.

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