About 20% of the exoplanets discovered so far (October 2021) were found with measurements of radial velocity (data from https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/). This method is based on spectroscopic observations of stars with planets, from which it is possible to measure the Doppler effect produced by periodic oscillations of the star, due to the gravitational attraction between star and planet along the orbit of» Read more
Palermo Astronomical Observatory “Giuseppe S. Vaiana” is one of the research centres of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). It works together with Palermo University through the Department of Physics and Chemistry.
OAPa’s main characteristic is its specific vocation in the field of space astrophysics. The network of activities also involves several frontier research fields both at the national and international level.
Published in A&A the paper describing the catalog of the candidate targets for the PLATO mission: “The all-sky PLATO input catalogue” of M. Montalto (Unipd/INAF-OAPd)
According to the data released by NASA, to date (2021 October 1st) we have confirmed 4525 exoplanets in 3357 planetary systems. The vast majority of these planets (75%) were discovered with the methods of transits, while about 20% with that of radial velocity. With the former technique, planets are discovered when they transit in front of their stars along our line» Read more
The hot Jupiter WASP-33b targeted by HARPS-N. The study: “The GAPS Programme at TNG. XXXI. The WASP-33 system revisited with HARPS-N” of F. Borsa (INAF – AO of Brera) recently appeared on A&A
Hot Jupiters are gaseous giant planets that orbit very close to their stars (within a typical distance of less than 0.1 Astronomical Units, AU, where 1 AU is the average distance between Earth and Sun, about 150 million of km). These planets are of great interest for astronomers both because of the effects due to the intense incident stellar radiation,» Read more
Borsa di Dottorato congiunta Università di Palermo e INAF – Osservatorio astronomico di Palermo “Giuseppe S. Vaiana”
Borsa di Dottorato congiunta Università di Palermo e INAF – Osservatorio astronomico di Palermo “Giuseppe S. Vaiana”, info nell’allegato.» Read more