Credit: ESO

Artist impression of an exoplanet orbiting an M-dwarf star. Credit: ESO



PIs: René Doyon (UdeM, OMM and iREx, Canada) and François Bouchy (Observatoire de Genève, Switzerland)

Portuguese participation:

Board Members: Nuno C. Santos

Core Science Team Members: Pedro Figueira, Elisa Delgado Mena


a Generation of Earth-ANalogs Exploration Spectrographs (G.EANES)

COMPETE2020: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032113 & FCT: PTDC/FIS-AST/32113/2017


Université de Montreal

Université de Genève

Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

Université de Grenoble – Alpes

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

NIRPS (Near Infra-Red Planet Searcher) is a new high resolution spectrograph for the ESO-3.6m telescope in La Silla Observatory (Chile). It covers the NIR spectral region (970-1810 nm) and its focus is the discovery of planets around the cool and red M dwarf stars. These low-mass stars are prime targets for the search of Earth-like planets in the habitable zone by means of the Radial Velocity technique. Other main science topics include the characterization of already discovered transiting planets and the study of planetary atmospheres.