The first exoplanet discovered around a Sun-like star changed our perception of planets both outside and inside our own Solar System. Now, 20 years after this groundbreaking discovery, we know that most stars in the solar neighbourhood host at least a planet, and that Earth-mass planets are the most abundant of all. This opens exciting new venues for research, and currently exoplanets is one of the main drivers for astronomical instrumentation development.
In this talk I review some of the key discoveries in the field, and I present the path that is laid before us. I will conclude on the current instrumentation projects aiming at detecting at characterising extrasolar planets, of which I highlight the Portuguese participation.
2015 February 27, 15:00
Observatório Astronómico de Lisboa (Seminar room)
Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-018 Lisboa