The BlackGem project
The new FORNAX 200 Mount will be used for the BlackGem project. The BlackGEM project is a wide-field telescope array dedicated to measure the optical emission from pairs of merging neutron stars and black holes. A few hours prior to the optical emission, these violent events should also emit copious amounts of gravitational radiation in the form of gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space-time itself. BlackGEM is expected to be operational by the end of 2017.
The Hungarian Automated Telescope Network (HATNet) project is a network of six small fully-automated "HAT" telescopes. The scientific goal of the project is to detect and characterize extrasolar planets using the transit method. This network is also used to find and follow bright variable stars. The network is maintained by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Hungarian Heritage award to Gaspar Bakos and HATnet
Gaspar Bakos and the HATnet project received the prestigious Hungarian Heritage Award for the discovery of extra-solar planets. The award was presented at the Hungarian Academy of Science.