MOST satellite

MOST Satellite

Microvariability and Oscillations of STars (MOST satellite)

  • follow Dimensions: 60 cm x 60 cm 24 cm (23.6 in x 23.6 in x 9.4 in)
  • follow link Mass at Launch: 53 kg (117 lb)
  • http://oceanadesigns.net/envira/bamboo/ Power: 35 W
  • Launch date: 30 June 2003, 14:15
  • Rocket: Rocket / Breeze-KM
  • Rocket Launch Site: Plesetsk 133/3
  • Orbit: Geocentric Polar
  • Orbital Distance: 824.7 – 840.3 km (512.4 – 522.1 mi)
  • Orbital Period: 1 h 31 min or 101.4 minutes
  • Diameter of Main Telescope: 15 cm (5.9 in)
  • Focal Length: 88.2 cm (34.7 in)
  • Focal Ratio: f/5.88
  • Operators: CSA (Canadian Space Agency)
  • Satellite Catalogue Number (SATCAT): 27843
  • International Designation (COSPAR ID): 2003-031D

Discoveries

Procyon – although it had bin disputed, in 2004 MOST team reported that the star is not oscillating the way it was expected form this type of star. In 2006 additional observations revealed a new class of variable stars, the “slowly pulsating B supergiants” (SPBsg)

55 Cancri e – two weeks of observations of photometric monitoring confirmed earlier detection of exoplanet, this allowed further investigations in planet’s composition.

MOST targets

  • Procyon
  • HD 209458 b
  • HD 163899
  • 55 Cancri e
  • HIP 116454 b
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MOST satellite introduction by CSA
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Reference list:

Wikipedia – MOST satellite
Wikipedia

astro-canada.ca – The MOST Space Telescope