The Survey

KELT-South works by automatically observing a preset list of fields across the sky every night when the weather is good.  The locations of the KELT-South fields are displayed below.  The different colors represent different cadences at which we observe the fields.  In general we observe each field once every 20 minutes while the field is at least 45 degrees above the horizon.

The telescope has been operating since 2009.  Since it takes so long to build up enough observations to reliably detect the small signal of a transiting planet, we have to observe for at least 3 years to begin searching for transits in our data.  The process started in spring 2012 and is currently underway.