Category Archives: Exoplanet Science

HPF Commissioning: A New Standard in the Near Infrared

We’ve been quiet… Our last post, made about a year ago, shared our excitement at having delivered HPF to its permanent home on HET, and recording the instrument’s first data.  Since then, we have been busy doing the hard work … Continue reading

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Stellar Activity in the Near-Infrared: We Need a New Ruler!

Introduction We talk about stellar activity a lot on this blog.  Once HPF gets on sky, radial velocity noise from stellar activity will likely be the biggest impediment to finding exoplanets.  Thus, if we want HPF’s chief scientific mission of … Continue reading

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The Plot Thickens: Habitable-Zone Exoplanets around Proxima Centauri and TRAPPIST-1

Introduction As the time approaches to commission HPF on the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, we are learning that the spectrograph will be coming online in truly exciting times for exoplanet science!  The detection of habitable-zone exoplanets around two nearby M dwarf stars—including … Continue reading

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