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Gillen, Edward; Hodgkin, Simon; Smith, Gareth; Jackman, James; Moulton, Tyler; Briegal, Joshua; NGTS consortium, the
The Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) is a state-of-the-art wide-field photometric facility comprised of 12 independent robotic telescopes based at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. NGTS is conducting a systematic survey of nearby young open clusters with ages between 1 Myr - 3 Gyr, which are each being monitored at 12-second cadence every clear night over 200-250 day periods. Our aims are to:
10 open clusters have been observed to date, with early results providing new insights into the early evolution of stellar rotation, flare frequency and the star-disk interaction, as well as precise constraints on stellar evolution theory from new, well-characterised eclipsing binary systems.
Gillen, Edward et al. (2020). NGTS clusters survey - I. Rotation in the young benchmark open cluster Blanco 1
Jackman, James et al. (2020). NGTS clusters survey - II. White-light flares from the youngest stars in Orion