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Unravelling the Beta Pictoris System
Picsat is: alive?
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Last beacon satellite:
2023-05-10 11:57:48 UTC

Last beacon payload:
2022-07-31 17:13:24 UTC

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For further reading


Planet beta Pic b. Entry in .
Beta Pic. Entry in Open Exoplanet Catalogue .
Beta-Pictoris. Wikipedia .
Beta-Pictoris b. Wikipedia .

ESO Press Releases

Two Families of Comets Found Around Nearby Star: Biggest census ever of exocomets around Beta Pictoris (22 October 2014). ESO1432 - Science Release .
Exoplanet Caught on the Move (10 June 2010). ESO1024 — Science Release .
Beta Pictoris planet finally imaged? (21 November 2008). ESO0842 - Science Release .
New Detailed Image of the Disk around Beta Pictoris (11 June 1997). ESO9714 — Photo Release .
Possible Planetary System Photographed Around Nearby Star (5 January 1987). ESO8701 — Science Release .

Scientific Articles

Beta Pictoris
Kiefer, F., et al. (2014). Two families of exocomets in the β Pictoris system. Nature, 514, p.462. DOI:10.1038/nature13849
Lecavalier des Etangs, A. and A. Vidal-Madjar (2016). The orbit of beta Pictoris b as a transiting planet. A&A 588, p.A60. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201527631 (free access)
Lecavalier des Etangs, A., (1996). Dust distribution in disks supplied by small bodies: is the β Pictoris disk a gigantic multi-cometary tail? A&A 307, p.542. (pdf of paper) (free access)
Lecavalier des Etangs, A., (1995). β Pictoris: evidence of light variations. A&A 299, p.557. (pdf of paper) (free access)
Lecavalier des Etangs, A., (1993). Observation of the central part of the β Pictoris disk with an anti-blooming CCD A&A 274, p.877. (pdf of paper) (free access)
Lagrande, A.-M., et al. (2009). Constraining the orbit of the possible companion to β Pictoris: New deep imaging observations. A&A 506, p.927. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/200912098 (free access)
Lagrande, A.-M., et al. (2009). A probable giant planet imaged in the β Pictoris disk: VLT/NaCo deep L′-band imaging. A&A 493, L21. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:200811325 (free access)
Mékarnia, D., et al. (2017). The δ Scuti pulsations of β Pictoris as observed by ASTEP from Antarctica. A&A 608, L6. DOI: : 10.1051/0004-6361/201732121 (free access)
Millar-Blanchaer, M.A., et al. (2015). β PICTORIS' INNER DISK IN POLARIZED LIGHT AND NEW ORBITAL PARAMETERS FOR β PICTORIS b. AJ 811, p.18. DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/811/1/18 (free access; see also corresponding videos on YouTube and Vimeo )
Smith, B.A. and R.J. Terrile (1984). A circumstellar disk around Beta Pictoris. Science 226, 1421. DOI: 10.1126/science.226.4681.1421
Stuik, R., et al. (2017). bRing: An observatory dedicated to monitoring the β Pictoris b Hill sphere transit. A&A 607, p.A45. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201731679 (free access)
Vidal-Madjar, A., et al. (1994). HST-GHRS observations of β Pictoris: additional evidence for infalling comets A&A 290, p.245. (pdf of paper) (free access)
Lapeyrere, V., et al. (2017). PicSat: a CubeSat mission for exoplanetary transit detection in 2017. Proceedings of the 31st Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Logan UT, USA, August 5-10, 2017. paper: SSC17-III-09 (free access)
Nowak, M., et al. (2017). A Compact and Lightweight Fibered Photometer for the PicSat Mission. Proceedings of the 31st Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Logan UT, USA, August 5-10, 2017. paper: SSC17-VI-01 (free access)
Flecht, T. (2016). Thermal modelling of the PICSAT nanosatellite platform and synergetic prestudies of the CIRCUS nanosatellite. Independent thesis Advanced level , (Student Thesis), Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.
Nowak, M., et al. (2016). Reaching sub-milimag photometric precision on Beta Pictoris with a nanosat: the PicSat mission. Proceedings of the SPIE 9904, id. 99044L 7. DOI: 10.1117/12.2232508 (free access)
Nowak, M., (2016). The PicSat Project. Presentation at the Workshop CubeSat Etudiant, Université Paris-Diderot, 10 June 2016. (pdf of presentation)
PicSat Team (2017). PicSat (Pictoris Satellite) mission. eoPortal Directory