Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA) is a collaborative project between researchers in New Zealand and Japan, led by Professor Yasushi Muraki of Nagoya University. They use microlensing to observe dark matter, extra-solar planets, and stellar atmospheres from the Southern Hemisphere. The group concentrates especially on the detection and observation of gravitational microlensing events of high magnification, of order 100 or more, as these provide the greatest sensitivity to extrasolar planets. They work with other groups in Australia, the United States and elsewhere. Observations are conducted at New Zealand's Mt. John University Observatory using a 1.8 m (70.9 in) reflector telescope built for the project.
In September 2020, astronomers using microlensing techniques reported the detection, for the first time, of an earth-mass rogue planet unbounded by any star, and free floating in the Milky Way galaxy.
Underside of main mirror
Main mirror, side view
The following planets have been announced by this survey, some in conjunction with other surveys.
|MOA-2007-BLG-400Lb||September 18, 2008|
|MOA-2007-BLG-192Lb||May 30, 2008|
|OGLE-2003-BLG-235/MOA-2003-BLG-53b||April 15, 2004|