| Paul Anthony Wilson

Paul Anthony Wilson

I am a Norwegian / British astronomer who working on the scientific preparation of the PLATO exoplanet mission. The PLATO space mission is designed to search for small, rocky exoplanets in the habitable zones of stars like the Sun.

I also work on a variety of astrophysical topics mainly focused on far-UV observations aimed at understanding the the formation environments of young planets. I am also very interested in work related to exoplanet atmospheres, radial velocity followup and exocomets.

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PLATO and CHEOPS are two European Space Agency missions aimed at characterising exoplanets. CHEOPS is an S-class mission (small mission in …

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Beta Pictoris is one of the most ideal targets for studying planet formation. The young 23 Myr system consists of a …


A real problem in the space situational awareness community, is the lack of a shared validated catalogue of known space debris. This …


High resolution up-to-date images of the PLATO exoplanet mission are hard to find. I’ll collect high resolution PLATO images here as …


Our new paper is out today on the first detection of nitrogen in the famous planetary system: β Pictoris. The debris …

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One of the key scientific goals of PLATO is to detect terrestrial exoplanets in the habitable zone (HZ) of solar-type stars …

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The PLATO mission will monitor the brightness variations of more than 200,000 stars to look for planets which transit their host …

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Credit: T. Pyle (SSC), JPL-Caltech, NASA.

This summer will be the first time that we’ll be able to observe the Hill sphere of a directly imaged exoplanet …

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I came across this image whilst doing some work and it made me halt my work for a bit as I …

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Apr 2015

High level security with U2F

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Have your gmail hacked and it’s very likely that you’ll also loose access to your other accounts as well. Your PayPal, Facebook and …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and Paul Anthony Wilson


Jul 2014

My meeting with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Today I got the unique opportunity to meet Neil deGrasse Tyson at my new job at the Institut d’Astrophysique in Paris. By …

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The HARPS Spectrograph


Oct 2011

The inner sanctuary of exoplanet astronomy: The HARPS room

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The dwelling of the HARPS intrument One of today’s highlights was seeing the room where the HARPS instrument is being kept. For it be …

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Clear to cloudy hot Jupiters


Apr 2011

How to decide on which exoplanet candidates to observe

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Here I will go through the steps I use when deciding on which exoplanet to observe using an amateur telescope. Step 1: …