Astrophysics (index)


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

PLATO (for Planetary Transits and Oscillations of Stars) is an European Space Agency spacecraft in planning aimed at finding Extra Solar Planets. It is aimed at relatively bright stars (Magnitudes 4-11), that will support informative follow-up studies. It will identify Extrasolar Planets by spotting Transits and Radial Velocity variations, and Transit Timing Variations. Plans are to launch in 2026.

A 2014 update to the plan was called PLATO 2.0, which specifically aims at terrestrial planets around Sun-like stars in the Habitable Zone.