Geneva Extrasolar Planet Search

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The Geneva Extrasolar Planet Search is a variety of observational programs run by M. Mayor, D. Naef, F. Pepe, D. Queloz, N.C. Santos, and S. Udry. The program is located at the site of Sauverny in Versoix, a small town near Geneva, Switzerland. The work done by this organization resulted in the discovery of several extrasolar planets, including the first confirmed extrasolar planet orbiting a Sun-like star, 51 Pegasi b. Current programs originated at Geneva are the extrasolar planet search at the Haute-Provence Observatory, La Silla Observatory, and the M dwarf programs. Current projects involve the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher or HARPS spectrograph.[1][2]

The Integral Science Data Centre is located at Ecogia, which also belongs to the town of Versoix. The centre is linked to the Geneva Observatory and deals with the processing of the data provided by the satellite INTEGRAL of the European Space Agency.[3] On the two sites of Sauverny and Ecogia, a group of approximately 143 people are employed, including scientists, PhD candidates, students, technical staff (computer and electronics specialists, mechanics), as well as administrative staff.[3]

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  1. ^ David Darling, "Geneva Extrasolar Planet Search Programs", The Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, Astronomy, and Space Flight, May 7, 2007.
  2. ^ Mayer et al.. "The Geneva Extrasolar Planet Search Programmes". Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  3. ^ a b Observatory of Geneva, University of Geneva, May 7, 2007,