(survey searching out microlensing that could indicate a MACHO)
The MACHO Project was a mid-1990s survey
searching for gravitational microlensing events that
could indicate MACHOs, i.e.,
dark matter in the form of
brown dwarfs or field planets.
The project used a 1.27-meter telescope
at Mount Stromlo Observatory,
Australia to view the Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloud,
targeting dark matter in front of the two which
would constitute part of the Milky Way's galactic halo.
The project was begun in 1992 and found some microlensing
candidates and also recorded other interesting transients
such as novae, and variable star events.
Similar projects have been EROS and OGLE.
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