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figures/test.jpg
Simulation of an image of an area of the sky, containing all the stars with a magnitude brighter than 20, such as will be seen through the CoRoT instrument.
Crédit : Paris Observatory / UFE

CoRoT will observe at least 5 times, over 150 days, some areas of the sky in which it will be possible to follow 12000 stars - all of which are candidates for the detection of terrestrial planets.

The pointing directions will be chosen so that it will be possible to observe 6000 stars in each "exoplanet" detector, with magnitudes between 12 and 15.5, with the smallest radii possible, and which are not polluted by nearby stars.

We thus hope to detect dozens of planets during the mission which are similar to the Earth, and several hundred giant planets.