The contract detailing the agreement with ESO regarding the placement of a MASCARA station at ESO's La Silla site in Chile has been signed.
See also ESO's official announcement: http://www.eso.org/public/unitedkingdom/announcements/ann16041/
published: June 27, 2016
MASCARA has been working almost flawless on the mountain of La Palma for a year now. The station has survived the winter storms and the summer heat and is still observing every night.
published: Oct. 10, 2015
MASCARA's first station has seen first light in La Palma. The five cameras observed without glitch for half of the night before weather condition degraded.
published: Oct. 10, 2014
Geert Jan Talens has started working on the post-processing of the MASCARA light-curves.
published: Sept. 1, 2014
The first MASCARA station is being testing the Dwingeloo at the ASTRON site. It has already survived its first storm, and no water has infiltrated the station. Seems the design was well done
published: Aug. 1, 2014
MASCARA passed its first Preliminary Design Review! The board composed of several Leidsche astronomers and external scientists validated the design of MASCARA. Production can start now.
published: April 13, 2013
Anna-Lea Lesage and Julien Spronck have accepted to work full-time on MASCARA starting January 2013. They are in charge of the mechanical design of the oncoming stations, the assembly and testing.
published: Dec. 20, 2012
Leiden astronomer Ignas Snellen has received an NWO-VICI grant for his research on extrasolar planets. Besides the study of exoplanet atmospheres, the grant will be used to build the multi-site all-sky camera MASCARA to find the brightest transiting planets in the sky.
published: Feb. 1, 2012
The Netherlands Research School for Astronomy, NOVA, has awarded seed-funding to the MASCARA project to enable the choice of camera+lens system and the design of MASCARA station.
published: Dec. 1, 2011