bRING Project

Source: NASA

The bRing experiment ("β Pic b Ring") consists of twin two-camera instruments, which will monitor the bright star β Pictoris throughout 2017 and 2018 for signs of obscuration from circumplanetary dust associated with the young gas giant exoplanet β Pic b. bRing will also act as a survey of the brightest stars (m>~ 4-8 mag) in the southern sky. The instruments will be part of an international campaign to monitor the β Pic system in 2017-2018. The 2017-2018 β Pic transit season represents the first time that an imaged extrasolar planet will be monitored coming close to passing in front of its star. It will be the best opportunity yet for observational constraints on the late stages of gas giant planet formation and the nature of circumplanetary disks, which may spawn exomoons. The formation and evolution of exomoons is of astrobiological interest as they may be a common type of habitable world.

See bRing: The Search for Circumplanetary Material around the young, Gas Giant Exoplanet β Pictoris b for more information.