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CSFK Astronomical Institute joins ORP, Europe’s largest astronomy network

19 April, 2021

The Konkoly Thege Miklós Astronomical Institute at the ELKH Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences has announced that it will join the largest collaborative network of ground-based astronomy in Europe. The new OPTICON-RadioNet PILOT (ORP) network is the result of the merger of two pan-European projects that have been operating successfully for decades: OPTICON, which formerly specialized in optical astronomy, and RadioNet, which specializes in radio astronomy. The network is coordinated by the French CNRS in close collaboration with the University of Cambridge in the UK and the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie in Germany...

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Vortex indicating planet formation observed by an international research team led by CSFK astronomer

15 Ferbuary, 2021

József Varga, an astronomer at the Leiden University and the ELKH Konkoly Observatory, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, is the leader of an international research group that discovered a vortex of gas and dust around a young star with the new MATISSE instrument in Chile, which was built with Hungarian contribution. Researchers say it is possible that a nascent planet is also hiding in the vortex. The celestial body HD 163296 under investigation is a much-studied young star located 330 light-years from Earth in the Sagittarius constellation. Earlier, evidence for the presence of three large exoplanets around the star had been found, though they are much farther away from the fourth supposed planet that has now been discovered...

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Hungarian experts also contributed in the development of ESO’s new infrared interferometer

7 March, 2018

The new MATISSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) has now successfully made its first observations at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. MATISSE is the most powerful interferometric instrument in the world at mid-infrared wavelengths. Hungarian researchers and engineers from Konkoly Observatory also contributed to the realization of the instrument by technical design, software development, and equipment testing, for which Hungarian astronomers will have guaranteed telescope time to use MATISSE...

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