PROJECT 1640 - a near infrared camera for directly imaging extra-solar planets. The picture on the left shows our detection of two
of the exoplanets orbiting the star HR8799. P1640 is a collaboration between the American Museum of Natural History,
New york (PI Ben Oppenheimer), Caltech, JPL and the IoA
4MOST (4m Multi-Object Survey Telescope). This is an ESO sponsored design study for
a facility to capture 20 million spectra over a 5 year period. The main science drivers are cosmology, galaxy evolution and the
structure and history of our own Milky Way galaxy.