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Observing Resources

NExScI provides access to a variety of observing resources in support of community research primarily in exoplanets, but also general astrophysics and planetary science.

NASA Time on the Keck Observatory

The cornerstone of the NExScI supported observing resources is the NASA Keck Time. NExScI manages NASA's partnership with the W. M. Keck Observatory. Both Keck 1 and Keck 2 telescopes and all instruments are available to the community for exoplanet, astrophysical, and planetary science observations. More information on Keck instrumentation and how to apply for NASA Keck time can be found here. in Waimea, Hawaii. The Keck telescopes are two 10-meter aperture telescopes whose primary mirrors are each composed of thirty-six 2 meter mirror segments.



NN-Explore Program

NASA and the National Science Foundation have established the NASA-NSF Exoplanet Observational Research (NN-Explore) partnership to support community exoplanet research. The NN-Explore program was created in response to the community need for observational resources for exoplanet discovery and characterization. There are multiple resources available to the community through this partnership; more information on how to apply for time through the NN-Explore Program can be found at the NOIRLab Call for Proposals

WIYN

The cornerstone of the NN-Explore Program is the NASA partnership on the WIYN telescope located at Kitt Peak Observatory. The premiere instrument on the telescope is the high precision radial velocity machine NEID which is a high resolution spectrometer capable of radial velocity precisions of 30 cm/s. Also available on WIYN is the high spatial resolution optical speckle imager NN-Explore Exoplanet Stellar Speckle Imager (NESSI). Other instruments available to the community include WHIRC, Hydra, and ODI.





SMARTS-CHIRON

CHIRON on the SMARTS 1.5m telescope located at the Cerro-Tololo Observatory is a fiber-fed high resolution spectrometer capable of radial velocity precisions of a few meters per second. Through the NOIRLab partnership in the SMARTS consortium, NASA has made available time for exoplanet confirmation and characterization - especially for TESS planetary candidates.







AAT-Veloce

Veloce is a stablized high resolution echelle optical spectrograph on the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT). Veloce uses a fiber bundle to reach radial velocity precisions of a few meters per second or better. Through the NN-Explore partnership, NASA has made available time for exoplanet confirmation and characterization - especially for TESS planetary candidates. (This facility is NOT available for 2020B or 2021A.)






Minerva-Australis

Minerva-Australis is an array of 0.7m telescopes all feeding a single precision spectrograph. The facility is located at Mt. Kent and is able reach radial velocity precisions of a few meters per second. Through the NN-Explore partnership, NASA has made available time for exoplanet confirmation and characterization - especially for TESS planetary candidates. Please read more information here.





(last updated September 14th, 2020 17:30:32)