Astrophysics (index)


(Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars, PLATO 2.0)
(planned observatory-satellite aimed at finding exoplanets)

PLATO (Planetary Transits and Oscillations of Stars) is an European Space Agency (ESA) proposed spacecraft aimed at finding Extra Solar Planets. It is aimed at relatively bright stars (Magnitudes 8-11), that will support informative follow-up studies. It will identify Extrasolar Planets by spotting Transits and Radial Velocity variations, and observing at transit timing. Plans are to launch in 2024.

In 2014, an update of the plan was called PLATO 2.0. which is specifically aimed at terrestrial planets around Sun-like stars in the Habitable Zone (HZ).