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Photometric detection and confirmation for extrasolar planets
Supernovae Detection in Nearby Galaxies
Minor planet lightcurves and NEO confirmation
The scientific projects have two limitations, the quality of the sky and the telescope’s aperture. It has been estimated the capabilities of the telescope, in dark skies, as:
Extrasolar planets (or exoplanets) have been extensively searched during the last two decades. As a result of this effort, since 1995 -when the first exoplanet was discovered by Mayor & Queloz, and Marcy and Butler there are now more than 700 confirmed exoplanets (to date, 763 exoplanets are listed in the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia).
The telescope is going to systematically monitor several hundreds of spiral galaxies that lie less than 300 million light years from our Milky Way, in hopes of capturing the rise in light from a supernova outburst. Supernovae of type-Ia are very important astrophysical objects because of their use as absolute distance indicators.
Asteroids are the left-overs of the bricks that formed the planets, some 4.6 Gyr ago. A considerable amount of information regarding the primary planetary formation processes are still present among this population.