ExTrA extra: The three little domes of La Silla

So, the delay in writing this post is because I am back in England. I have been home for almost a week now, and it's been harder to find the time to write the final post about my trip. This won't be it though! For what you're reading now, I felt that after the numerous … Continue reading ExTrA extra: The three little domes of La Silla

Investigating other worlds with WASPs, HATS and doughnuts

This post is about another astronomy programme I have been working on here. It involves observing transiting extra-solar planets (exoplanets) with the Danish 1.54m telescope at La Silla Observatory. So, a quick intro to the (other) world(s) of exoplanets. An exoplanet is any planet that orbits a star that isn't our Sun. Currently, the Nasa … Continue reading Investigating other worlds with WASPs, HATS and doughnuts

The ESO 3.6m Telescope: The highest point of La Silla

This post is about our tour of the ESO 3.6m telescope at La Silla Observatory. Sitting atop the highest hill, and in by far the largest enclosure, the house of the 3.6m can usually be seen in each photo of the site. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, it’s not until you get right up close that … Continue reading The ESO 3.6m Telescope: The highest point of La Silla