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Lick's new Automated Planet Finder: First robotic telescope for planet hunters

March 25, 2014

the Automated Planet Finder telescope Lick Observatory's newest telescope, the Automated Planet Finder, has been operating robotically night after night on Mount Hamilton since January, searching nearby stars for Earth-sized planets. Its technical performance has been outstanding, making it not only the first robotic planet-finding facility but also one of the most sensitive. Full Story

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