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CHEOPS can be seen in the night sky

CHEOPS can clearly be seen in this exposure of the night sky taken on 12 January 2020 at 13:18 UTC, with the 1-metre SAINT-EX robotic telescope which is located at the National Astronomical Observatory of Mexico at San Pedro Martir, Mexico. Credit: SAINT-EX team (

CHEOPS can be seen in the night sky 2020-01-13T16:29:05+00:00

Exoplanet satellite CHEOPS encapsulated

It’s an intense period at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where engineers from ESA, Airbus and CNES have been preparing CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite) for launch, since the satellite have arrived mid-October. This sequence of photographs shows the Soyuz Arianespace System for Auxiliary Payloads (ASAP-S) being carefully and progressively aligned to CHEOPS, then lowered [...]

Exoplanet satellite CHEOPS encapsulated 2019-12-05T09:32:32+00:00

New 1:1 CHEOPS mock-up exposed

New 1:1 CHEOPS mock-up exposed at the EPSC-DPS 2019, 15 – 20 September 2019, in the hall of the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG). The event is a joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress and the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society and covers a broad area of science topics [...]

New 1:1 CHEOPS mock-up exposed 2019-10-31T16:31:52+00:00

What kind of exoplanets will CHEOPS study?

"By targeting known systems, we know exactly where to look in the sky and when in order to capture exoplanet transits very efficiently," says Willy Benz, CHEOPS principal investigator at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Read more on HOW CHEOPS WILL INVESTIGATE PLANET-HOSTING STARS

What kind of exoplanets will CHEOPS study? 2019-08-26T17:08:26+00:00