Trappist North : a telescope to study exoplanets and comets in Morocco

This Thursday 6 October 2016 a new telescope was inaugurated at the Observatory of Oukaimeden in Morocco in the presence of researchers of the Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech and astronomers of the University of [...]

Measuring a billion stars … for a billion euros!

Measuring a billion stars ... for a billion euros! This is the bet of Gaia, the mission of surveying and 3D mapping that covers several percent of our galaxy. Launched in December 2013, the Gaia [...]

Mission Juno : University of Liège goes into orbit at Jupiter

On July 5, 2016, at 5:18 am (CET), NASA’s Juno interplanetary probe will be inserted into orbit around Jupiter, after a journey of five years. The University of Liège (ULg) has two direct involvements in this major [...]

Mapping a super-Earth

Exoplanetology never ceases to surprise and is constantly progressing. Recently, a team of researchers from several institutes, including the University of Liege, established a longitudinal thermal brightness map of 55 Cancri e, a “super-Earth”, which [...]

Spotlight on Mercury!

On Monday May 9, we will be able to observe a transit of Mercury in front of the Sun, that is to say, an observable passage of the planet between the Earth and our star. While [...]

A trio of Earths 40 light years away?

Astrophysicists from the University of Liege using the TRAPPIST telescope have discovered a planetary system formed of three Earth-sized planets around an « ultracool red dwarf star » slightly bigger than Jupiter in size. While these planets [...]