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 4K×4K CCD detector with Sloan r filter, and each spanning a 4°×4° field of view. This means that every HATS instrument has a mosaic field of view of 8°×8°, 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.

Photo credit: Luigi Mancini

Review papers of the project

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

G. Á. Bakos, Z. Csubry, K. Penev, D. Bayliss, A. Jordan, C. Afonso, J. D. Hartman, T. Henning, G. Kovacs, R. W. Noyes, B. Béky, 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. Jordŕn, M. Mohler, G. Zhou, V. Suc, M. Rabus, J. D. Hartman, L. Mancini, B. Béky, Z. Csubry, L. Buchhave, T. Henning, N. Nikolov, B. Csŕk, R. Brahm, N. Espinoza, P. Conroy, R. W. Noyes, D. D. Sasselov, B. Schmidt, D. J. Wright, C. G. Tinney, B. C. Addison, J. Lŕzŕr, I. Papp, P. Sŕri
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. Béky, 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. Á. Bakos, L. Mancini, A. Jordán, 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. Csák, T. G. Tan, R. W. Noyes, J. Lázár, I. Papp, P. Sári
The Astronomical Journal 149, 166 (20 pp.), 2015

ADS abstract –– preprint (arXiv:1408.1758)

 

HATS-7b: a hot super Neptune transiting a quiet K dwarf star

G. A. Bakos, K. Penev, D. Bayliss, J. D. Hartman, G. Zhou, R. Brahm, L. Mancini, M. de Val-Borro, W. Bhatti, A. Jordan, M. Rabus, N. Espinoza, Z. Csubry, A. W. Howard, B. J. Fulton, L. A. Buchhave, S. Ciceri, T. Henning, B. Schmidt, H. Isaacson, R. W. Noyes, G. W. Marcy, V. Suc, A. R. Howe, A. S. Burrows, J. Lazar, I. Papp, P. Sari12

The Astrophysical Journal 813, 111 (10 pp.), 2015

ADS abstract  –– preprint (arXiv:1507.01024)


HATS-8b: a low-density transiting super-Neptune

D. Bayliss, J. D. Hartman, G. A. Bakos, K. Penev, G. Zhou, R. Brahm, M. Rabus, A. Jordan, L. Mancini, M. de Val-Borro, W. Bhatti, N. Espinoza, Z. Csubry, A. W. Howard, B. J. Fulton, L. A. Buchhave, T. Henning, B. Schmidt, S. Ciceri, R. W. Noyes, H. Isaacson, G. W. Marcy, V. Suc, J. Lazar, I. Papp, P. Sari

The Astronomical Journal 150, 49 (9 pp.), 2015

ADS abstract  –– preprint (arXiv:1506.01334)

 

HATS-9b and HATS-10b: two compact hot jupiters in field 7 of the K2 mission

R. Brahm, A. Jordan, J. D. Hartman, G. A. Bakos, D. Bayliss, K. Penev, G. Zhou, S. Ciceri, M. Rabus, N. Espinoza, L. Mancini, M. de Val-Borro, W. Bhatti, B. Sato, T. G. Tan, Z. Csubry, L. Buchhave, T. Henning, B. Schmidt, V. Suc, R. W. Noyes, I. Papp, J. Lazar, P. Sari

The Astronomical Journal 150, 33 (13 pp.), 2015

ADS abstract  –– preprint (arXiv:1503.00062)

 

HATS-11b and HATS-12b: Two transiting Hot Jupiters orbiting sub-solar metallicity stars selected for the K2 Campaign 7

M. Rabus, A. Jordán, J. D. Hartman, G. Á. Bakos, N. Espinoza, R. Brahm, K. Penev, S. Ciceri, G. Zhou, D. Bayliss, L. Mancini, W. Bhatti, M. de Val-Borro, Z. Csbury, B. Sato, T.-G. Tan, T. Henning, B. Schmidt, J. Bento, V. Suc, R. Noyes, J. Lázár, I. Papp, P. Sári

To appear in the Astronomical Journal, 2016

ADS abstract  –– preprint (arXiv:1603.02894)


HATS-13b and HATS-14b: two transiting hot Jupiters from the HATSouth survey

L. Mancini, J. D. Hartman, K. Penev, G. A. Bakos, R. Brahm, S. Ciceri, Th. Henning, Z. Csubry, D. Bayliss, G. Zhou, M. Rabus, M. de Val-Borro, N. Espinoza, A. Jordan, V. Suc, W. Bhatti, B. Schmidt, B. Sato, T. G. Tan, D. J. Wright, C. G. Tinney, B. C. Addison, R. W. Noyes, J. Lazar, I. Papp, P. Sari

Astronomy & Astrophysics 580, A63 (13 pp.), 2015

ADS abstract  –– preprint (arXiv:1503.03469)


HATS-15 b and HATS-16 b: Two massive planets transiting old G dwarf stars
S. Ciceri, L. Mancini,
T. Henning, G.Á. Bakos, K. Penev, R. Brahm, G. Zhou, J.D. Hartman, D. Bayliss, A. Jordán, Z. Csubry, M. de Val-Borro, W. Bhatti, M. Rabus, N. Espinoza, V. Suc, B. Schmidt, R. Noyes, A.W. Howard, B.J. Fulton, H. Isaacson, G.W. Marcy, R.P. Butler, P. Arriagada, J. Crane, S. Shectman, I. Thompson, T.G. Tan, J. Lázár, I. Papp, P. Sari

To appear in Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2015

 ADS abstract  –– preprint (arXiv:1511.06305)

HATS-17b: A transiting compact warm Jupiter in a 16.3 days circular orbit
R. Brahm, A. Jordán, G. Á. Bakos, K. Penev, N. Espinoza, M. Rabus, J. D. Hartman, D. Bayliss, S. Ciceri, G. Zhou,
L. Mancini, T.G. Tan, M. de Val-Borro, W. Bhatti, Z. Csubry, J. Bento, T. Henning, B. Schmidt, V. Suc, J. Lázár, I. Papp, P. Sári

Submitted to The Astronomical Journal, 2015

 ADS abstract  –– preprint (arXiv:1510.05758)

HATS-18 b: an extreme short-period massive transiting planet spinning up its star
K. M. Penev, J. D. Hartman, G. A. Bakos, S. Ciceri, R. Brahm, D. Bayliss, J. Bento, A. Jordan, Z. Csubry, W. Bhatti, M. de Val-Borro, N. Espinoza, G. Zhou,
L. Mancini, M. Rabus, V. Suc, Th. Henning, B. P. Schmidt, R. W. Noyes, J. Lazar, I. Papp, P. Sari

Submitted to The Astronomical Journal, 2016

ADS abstract  –– preprint (arXiv:1606.00848)


HATS-19b, HATS-20b, HATS-21b: Three Transiting Hot-Saturns Discovered by the HATSouth Survey
W. Bhatti, G. Á. Bakos, J. D. Hartman, G. Zhou, K. Penev, D. Bayliss, A. Jordán, R. Brahm, N. Espinoza, M. Rabus,
L. Mancini,  M. de Val-Borro, J. Bento, S. Ciceri, Z. Csubry, T. Henning, B. Schmidt, P. Arriagada, R. P. Butler, J. Crane, S. Shectman, I. Thompson, T. G. Tan, V. Suc, J. Lázár, I. Papp, P. Sári

Submitted to The Astronomical Journal, 2016

 ADS abstract  –– preprint (arXiv:1607.00322)

HATS-22b, HATS-23b and HATS-24b: Three new transiting Super-Jupiters from the HATSouth Project
J. Bento, B. Schmidt, J. Hartman, G. Bakos, S. Ciceri, R. Brahm, D. Bayliss, N. Espinoza, G. Zhou, M. Rabus, W. Bhatti, K. Penev, Z. Csubry, A. Jordan,
L. Mancini, Th. Henning, M. de Val-Borro, C. Tinney, D. Wright, V. Suc, R. Noyes, J. Lazar, I. Papp, P. Sari

Submitted to The Astronomical Journal, 2016

 ADS abstract  –– preprint (arXiv:1607.00688)

HATS-25b through HATS-30b: A Half-dozen New Inflated Transiting Hot Jupiters from the HATSouth Survey
N. Espinoza, D. Bayliss, J. D. Hartman, G. Á. Bakos, A. Jordán, G. Zhou,
L. Mancini, R. Brahm, S. Ciceri, W. Bhatti, Z. Csubry, M. Rabus, K. Penev, J. Bento, M. de Val-Borro, T. Henning, B. Schmidt, V. Suc, D. J. Wright, C.G. Tinney, T.G. Tan, R. Noyes

To appear in the Astronomical Journal, 2016

ADS abstract  –– preprint (arXiv:1606.00023)


HATS-31b Through HATS-35b: Five Transiting Hot Jupiters Discovered by the HATSouth Survey
M. de Val-Borro, G. Á. Bakos, R. Brahm, J. D. Hartman, N. Espinoza, K. Penev, S. Ciceri, A. Jordán, W. Bhatti, Z. Csubry, D. Bayliss, J. Bento, G. Zhou, M. Rabus
, L. Mancini, T. Henning, B. Schmidt, T. G. Tan, C. G. Tinney, D. J. Wright, L. Kedziora-Chudczer, J. Bailey, V. Suc, J. Lázár, I. Papp, P. Sári

Submitted to The Astronomical Journal, 2016

 ADS abstract  –– preprint (arXiv:1607.00006)

 

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