GAIA : An unrivaled high precision mapping of our Galaxy
21 September 2016
ESA and DPAC release the first results of the space mission GAIA, launched about 1000 days before. The results show the unique measure of the distance to many stars and improve the precision of the one already known from the Hipparcos catalogue by a factor of 3.
Seeing measurement campaign in Saint-Véran
16 January 2016
A seeing measurement campaign is being operated by François Taris at Pic de Châteaurenard (3000 m), close to Saint-Véran. It started october 2014. These measurements aims at characterizing the site. In case of positive results, a robotic telescope will be set up there. The telescope will be dedicated to monitoring of quasars in the optical and follow-up of asteroids in the framework of celestial reference frame tie.
The SYRTE department - Sytèmes de Référence Temps Espace - belong to Paris Observatory - PSL Research University and is also associated with the CNRS CNRS - National Research Center and University Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris 6) - Sorbonne Universités
It is a leader in time and frequenciy metrology and is also specialized in Earth rotation, celestial reference frame and history of Astronomy.
SYRTE has a multidisciplinary research activity with transverse expertise in theory, instrumentation and data analysis and various goals from fundamental physics tests to industrial transfers.It is founder membre of Laboratoire d’Excellence du Programme Investissements d’Avenir FIRST-TF.
It has in charge several international services. Associated with the LNE - Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d’Essais - the SYRTE has the responsability of the national reference time and frequence. With the IERS (International Earth Rotation Service), it deliver Earth rotation parameters and other services.
Its teams take part in training and education by giving university lectures and also spread scientific culture by organizing public talks.