Lowell's astronomers carry out research in areas spanning much of modern astrophysics, from studies of tiny icy objects in our own solar system to the structure of distant galaxies. Meet our scientists and learn more about our diverse programs here.
The Transatlantic Exoplanet Survey (TrES)
Georgi Mandushev and Ted Dunham
Georgi and Ted are part of an international collaboration, the Transatlantic Exoplanet Survey, dedicated to the discovery of planets orbiting other stars. They use the transit technique, employing high precision photometry to detect planets as they cross the disk of their parent stars along our line of sight, causing a small and temporary dip in the star's brightness. Using a network of small telescopes around the globe, including a fully automated facility at Lowell Observatory's Anderson Mesa dark sky site, Georgi and Ted have co-discovered several new planets in the class of so-called "hot Jupiters," including the largest exoplanet ever found.
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