Data Centre for Astrophysics
Astronomy Department of the University of Geneva
ISDC Seminar

Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 11:00

Fabio Favata

Eddington: a stellar structure and planet-finding explorer

Abstract. The Eddington mission (an element of the "Horizons 2000" plan of the European Space Agency) has two primary scientific goals: to produce the data on stellar oscillations necessary to understand stellar structure and evolution and to detect and characterize habitable planets around other stars. These goals will be achieved through very sensitive continuous photometric monitoring of a very large number of stars, with a precision that can only be achieved from space.

I will discuss Eddington's science case, as well as present its baseline payload and implementation. Also, I will discuss the programmatic aspects (current plans for its implementation, current activities, etc.).

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