OGLE (Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment)

The Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment or OGLE is a Polish astronomical project based at the University of Warsaw that is chiefly concerned with discovering dark matter using the microlensing technique. Since the project began in 1992, it has discovered several extrasolar planets as a bonus. The project is led by Andrzej Udalski, who is a co-author of the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb.

The main targets of the experiment are the Magellanic Clouds and the Galactic Bulge, because of the large number of intervening stars that can be used for microlensing during a stellar transit. Most of the observations have been made at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Cooperating institutions include Princeton University and the Carnegie Institution.


Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the OGLE project has stopped regular observing (30 June 2022)