• Articles

    Close encounters with our target stars

    by Dr. Fabo Feng of  the University of Hertfordshire. Edited by Zaira M. Berdiñas and John Strachan. As humans, we have an innate curiosity about the origins and development of life on Earth. We know that terrestrial life is [...]
  • Articles

    Your shift at ALMA

    by Dr. Rubén Herrero-Illana of  European Southern Observatory (ESO). Edited by Zaira M. Berdiñas Hey, wake up! It’s already 6am and the taxi will arrive in 15 minutes to take you to the airport. You checked [...]
  • Video logs

    Red Dots – VLOG 3

    Tune in to the third VLOG in our series following the events of the Red Dots campaign – and find out what has happened over the course of the past few weeks. Useful Links: VLOG [...]

Join us with the Red Dots Campaign!

Following on from the success of Pale Red Dot, our team are now searching for more terrestrial rocky worlds around nearby red dwarfs. This year we are targeting Proxima Centauri, Barnard’s star, and Ross 154.

Proxima Centauri is the closest star to our sun and scientists suspect that is has more than one terrestrial planet in orbit around it. It may be one of the most suitable places to look for life beyond our Solar System, as our instruments and technologies advance. The other two stars observed during the Red Dots campaign are: Barnard’s star, a low mass red dwarf almost 6 light-years away, and Ross 154, another red dwarf, 9.69 light-years away.

Throughout the entire campaign we will be presenting real science in real time. This will give YOU, the astro community, access to observational data as the campaign unfolds. This way, everyone will be able to look for signals (and hopefully more planets!) at the same time we do.

No one can say for sure what the outcome of the Red Dots campaign will be. That’s one of the things that makes it so exciting. After data acquisition and data analysis together with the community, the scientific team will submit the results for formal peer review.

So how can you get involved with the hunt for planets around Proxima Centauri and other stars?

Social Media – Keep an eye on the website, our facebook page and on twitter @RedDotsSpace #reddots for the latest updates.

Forum – Our Red Dots Forum is a place for you to ask questions, discuss the Red Dots campaign with other contributors, and ‘ask the experts’.

Community Log – This blog will provide a weekly update on outreach and engagement. Stay tuned to learn about the latest news, people are reacting to Red Dots, and how you can contribute.

Science Log – We’ll be providing regular updates from Red Dots HARPS observations, including new releases of data, the progress of the photometric observations and science articles from the team and experts around the world.