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The Mercator Telescope, KU Leuven - University of Leuven

The Mercator Telescope, located on the international observatory of La Palma, Canary Islands, is a Flemish telescope optimized for the monitoring of variable objects.  Equipped with an efficient and stable spectrograph and a sensitive fast photometer, and being available throughout the year, it is an internationally competitive instrument for the study of the internal structure and the evolution of stars, by unraveling the oscillations of stars on various timescales and by charting the diverse effects caused by the presence of companion stars on orbits with diverse sizes.  This project concerns the technical support to observers and the maintenance and development of the instrumentation to keep the facility at the front edge of astronomical research.

With their experience with the Mercator Telescope and with space projects, Flemish astronomers and engineers are able to participate to the development of advanced instrumentation projects for large new facilities in space and on the ground.  This project then also concerns a contribution to the construction of one of the first instruments (METIS) to be installed on the European Extremely Large Telescope which in the next decade will be the most powerful astronomical facility worldwide.

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