Exoplanets (EXOPA Team)

Today a large number of planets orbiting around stars which are not the Sun has been detected, they are called exoplanets. The exoplanet population shows a wide range of systems with different physical characteristics, often not present in our Solar system. For example, the so-called hot Jupiters. Hot giant gaseous planets orbiting very close to their host star, or the so-called super-Earth, rocky planets much more massive than the Earth and with a complex atmosphere. Studying the properties of these exoplanetary systems may provide important information about the formation and evolution of our Solar system.

The EXOPA researcher at INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo, study the formation and evolution of exoplanet and tackle the problem using a multidisciplinary approach.


Their main research fields are:


Main projects

  • Ariel – Atmospheric Remote sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large Survey.
  • CAESAR – Comprehensive spAce wEather Studies for the ASPIS prototype Realization.
  • CHEOPS – CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite.
  • ESPRESSO – Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations.
  • FRONTIERA – A special program funded by Italian Education and Research Ministery (MIUR).
  • HARPS-N – The High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher/North.
    • Participation at GTO (Guaranteed Time Observations).
    • GAPS (Global Architecture of Planetary Systems).
  • PLATO – Planetary Transits and Oscillation satellite.


For students:

Internship and thesis proposals


Other research activities