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Contact: Christine Pulliam
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Caption: The MEarth (pronounced "mirth") Project is an array of eight identical 16-inch-diameter RC Optical Systems telescopes that monitor a pre-selected list of 2,000 red dwarf stars. Each telescope perches on a highly accurate Software Bisque Paramount and funnels light to an Apogee U42 charge-coupled device chip, which many amateurs also use.
Credit: Dan Brocious, CfA
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