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The SMARTS Consortium operates four 1-meter class telecopes on Cerro Tololo, Chile.  Membership in SMARTS is open to individuals or institutions, including international partners.

0.9-m + 2KCCD

A 13.5' x 13.5' imager with a variety of filters. Observing mode is traditional user runs.

1.3-m + ANDICAM

Simultaneous optical (6' x 6') and IR (2.5' x 3.5') imager. Observing preformed in queue and service mode.

1.5-m + CHIRON

High resolution spectrometer covering 410-870 nm. Observing preformed in queue and service mode.

Science Highlights

Terrestrial planet found using microlensing

Astronomers, lead by SMARTS P.I. Andy Gould (O.S.U.), used the SMARTS 1.3-m + ANDICAM, along with data compiled from observatories around the world, to reveal the presence of a planet during a microlensing event. This exciting result was recently published in Science, v345, p46-49, 2014 . Abstract | Paper | Figures

The Solar Neighborhood

The RECONS team has compiled a comprehensive-and growing-data base of every object in every system within 25 parsecs of the sun. See their video documenting their heroic efforts below. Video credit Adric Riedel.

Three is a crowd

Eric Mamajek (University of Rochester), Andreas Seifahrt (The University of Chicago) Jennifer Bartlett (U.S. Naval Observatory), Todd Henry (Georgia State University), et al used the SMARTS 0.9m telescope to measure the parallax for the third component in the Fomalhaut system, previously thought to have been a double star system. Press Release.

Stony Brook/SMARTS Atlas of (mostly) Southern Novae

Fredrick Walter, Andrew Battisi, and Sarah E. Towers (Stony Brook University) have created the Stony Brook/SMARTS Atlas of (mostly) Southern Novae. This atlas contains spectra and photometry obtained with SMARTS since 2003. Abstract | Paper | Atlas.