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(Search For Habitable Planets Eclipsing Ultra-Cool Stars)
(search for earth-like exoplanets orbiting nearby dim stars)

SPECULOOS (for Search For Habitable Planets Eclipsing Ultra-Cool Stars, the acronym is a pun on a type of cookie) plans to study Earth-sized Extra Solar Planets orbiting 1000 nearby Ultracool Dwarves i.e., M Dwarves and cooler. It will consist of 4 1m telescopes at Paranal Observatory on the Atacama Desert in Chile.

It would seem these are possible candidates for Direct Imaging in the future: the dim stars would make that easier but the their Habitable Zone would be very close to the star.

I gather this survey plans to discover them through Transits. The telescopes cover the Near Infrared as much of the Electromagnetic Radiation from these stars will be in that range.

(survey,exoplanets,ESO,automated,near infrared,visible light,transits,Chile)