Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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Microlensing Follow-Up Network

  • David W. LathamEmail author
  • Nader Haghighipour
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_1849-3



MicroFUN (Microlensing Follow Up Network) is an informal consortium of observers dedicated to photometric monitoring of interesting microlensing events in the Galactic bulge. The primary scientific objective of MicroFUN is to observe high-magnification microlensing events in order to detect the signatures of exoplanets orbiting the primary lens. MicroFUN is somewhat unusual in that over half its members are amateur astronomers. MicroFUN has contributed to the discovery of the majority of the planets detected by microlensing. In 2008, MicroFUN announced the discovery (along with other collaborations) of the first planetary system discovered by microlensing, OGLE-2006-BLG-109Lb,c. This system of two planets closely resembles a scaled analog of Jupiter and Saturn.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii-ManoaHonoluluUSA