The HATSouth Project

HATSouth is a collaboration among the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, the Princeton University, the Australian National University, and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. It consists of a network of six identical, fully automated wide field telescopes, located at three sites (Chile: Las Campanas, Australia: Siding Springs, and Namibia: HESS site) in the Southern hemisphere. Each of the three sites operates two HATS units, for increased sky coverage and redundancy in case of failure. Each unit is composed of a suite of four 0.18m f/2.8 Takahashi hyperbolic astrographs, each incorporating an Apogee 4K4K CCD detector with Sloan r filter, and each spanning a 44 field of view. This means that every HATS instrument has a mosaic field of view of 88, so each site monitors 128 square degrees of sky. The primary purpose of the project is to detect and characterize a large number of extrasolar planets transiting nearby bright stars. The three sites permit near round-the-clock monitoring of selected fields, and the continuous data-stream greatly enhances recovery of planetary transits.

 

Review papers of the project

HATSouth: a global network of fully automated and identical wide-field telescopes

G. . Bakos, Z. Csubry, K. Penev, D. Bayliss, A. Jordan, C. Afonso, J. D. Hartman, T. Henning, G. Kovacs, R. W. Noyes, B. Bky, V. Suc, B. Csak, M. Rabus, J. Lazar, I. Papp, P. Sari, P. Conroy, G. Zhou, P. D. Sackett, B. Schmidt, L. Mancini, D. D. Sasselov, K. Ueltzhoeffer

Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 125, 154 (2013)
ADS abstract preprint (arXiv: 1206.1391)

HAT-South: a global network of southern hemisphere automated telescopes to detect transiting exoplanets

by G. Bakos et al.

Conference Proceedings of the IAU Symposium #253 (2008) Link

 

Extrasolar Planets discovered so far

HATS-1b: a hot jupiter discovered by the HATSouth transit survey

K. Penev, G. A. Bakos, D. Bayliss, A. Jordn, M. Mohler, G. Zhou, V. Suc, M. Rabus, J. D. Hartman, L. Mancini, B. Bky, Z. Csubry, L. Buchhave, T. Henning, N. Nikolov, B. Csk, R. Brahm, N. Espinoza, P. Conroy, R. W. Noyes, D. D. Sasselov, B. Schmidt, D. J. Wright, C. G. Tinney, B. C. Addison, J. Lzr, I. Papp, P. Sri
The Astronomical Journal 145, 5 (11pp.), 2013

ADS abstract preprint (arXiv: 1206.1524)

HATS-2b: a transiting extrasolar planet orbiting a K-type star showing starspot activity

M. Mohler-Fischer, L. Mancini, J. D. Hartman, G. A. Bakos, K. Penev, D. Bayliss, A. Jordan, Z. Csubry, G. Zhou, M. Rabus, N. Nikolov, R. Brahm, N. Espinoza, L. A. Buchhave, B. Beky, V. Suc, B. Csak, T. Henning, D. J. Wright, C. G. Tinney, B. C. Addison, B. Schmidt, R. W. Noyes, I. Papp, J. Lazar, P. Sari, and P. Conroy
Astronomy & Astrophysics 558, A55 (13 pp.), 2013

ADS abstract preprint (arXiv: 1304.2140)

HATS-3b: An inflated hot Jupiter transiting an F-type star
D. Bayliss, G. Zhou, K. Penev, G. A. Bakos, J. D. Hartman, A. Jordan, L. Mancini, M. Mohler, V. Suc, M. Rabus, B. Bky, Z. Csubry, L. Buchhave, T. Henning, N. Nikolov, B. Csak, R. Brahm, N. Espinoza, R. W. Noyes, B. Schmidt, P. Conroy, D. J. Wright, C. G. Tinney, B. C. Addison, P. D. Sackett, D. D. Sasselov, J. Lazar, I. Papp, P. Sari
The Astronomical Journal 146, 113 (11pp.), 2013

ADS abstract preprint (arXiv:1306.0624)

 

HATS-4b: a dense hot-Jupiter transiting a super metal-rich G star
A. Jordan, R. Brahm, G. A. Bakos, D. Bayliss, K. Penev, J. D. Hartman, G. Zhou, L. Mancini, M. Mohler-Fischer, S. Ciceri, B. Sato, Z. Csubry, M. Rabus, V. Suc, N. Espinoza, W. Bhatti, M. de val Borro, L. Buchhave, B. Csak, T. Henning, B. Schmidt, T. G. Tan, R. W. Noyes, B. Beky, R. P. Butler, S. Shectman, J. Crane, I. Thompson, A. Williams, R. Martin, C. Contreras, J. Lazar, I. Papp, P. Sari
The Astronomical Journal 148, 29 (12 pp.), 2014

ADS abstract preprint (arXiv:1402.6546)

 

HATS-5b: a transiting hot-Saturn from the HATSouth Survey
G. Zhou, D. Bayliss, K. Penev, G. A. Bakos, J. D. Hartman, A. Jordan, L. Mancini, M. Mohler, Z. Csubry, S. Ciceri, R. Brahm, M. Rabus, L. Buchhave, T. Henning, V. Suc, N. Espinoza, B. Beky, R. W. Noyes, B. Schmidt, R. P. Butler, S. Shectman, I. Thompson, J. Crane, B. Sato, B. Csak, J. Lazar, I. Papp, P. Sari, N. Nikolov
The Astronomical Journal 147, 144 (9 pp.), 2014

ADS abstract preprint (arXiv:1401.1582)

 

HATS-6b: a warm Saturn transiting an early M dwarf star, and a set of empirical relations for characterizing K and M dwarf planet hosts
J. D. Hartman, D. Bayliss, R. Brahm, G. . Bakos, L. Mancini, A. Jordn, K. Penev, M. Rabus, G. Zhou, R. P. Butler, N. Espinoza, M. de Val-Borro, W. Bhatti, Z. Csubry, S. Ciceri, T. Henning, B. Schmidt, P. Arriagada, S. Shectman, J. Crane, I. Thompson, V. Suc, B. Csk, T. G. Tan, R. W. Noyes, J. Lzr, I. Papp, P. Sri
Submitted to The Astrophysical Journal, 2014

ADS abstract preprint (arXiv:1408.1758)

 

 

 

 

The comparative sizes of the HATSouth planets and those of our Solar System

 

Operation at HESS Site

Two of the HAT-South telescopes are located in the HESS site, which is located in Khomas Highland of Namibia, on the Farm Goellschau, about 100 km south-west of Windhoek, Namibias capital.

Google Map of the HESS site

The exact location is:

23 16' 10.17'' S

16 30' 10.17'' E

AMSL:

1800 m

A 24 hour video clip of the telescopes on October 10, 2011

Editor of this page: Luigi Mancini