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MASCARA La Silla contract signed.

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 celebrates one year of data acquisition

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

First station is operational!

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

MASCARA first PhD has arrived

Geert Jan Talens has started working on the post-processing of the MASCARA light-curves.

published: Sept. 1, 2014

First MASCARA station is tested in Dwingeloo

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

Successful PDR for MASCARA

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

MASCARA recruits two Post-Docs

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

1.5 MEuro NWO VICI grant for exoplanet research

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

NOVA seed funding for MASCARA project

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