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MACHO Project

(survey searching out microlensing that could indicate a MACHO)

The MACHO Project was a mid-1990s survey searching for gravitational microlensing events that could indicate a MACHO, e.g., dark matter in the form of a brown dwarf or "free" extra-solar planet. It used the 1.27-meter telescope at Mount Stromlo Observatory, Australia to view the Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloud hunting for the dark matter that constitutes the Milky Way's galactic halo. It is similar to EROS and OGLE.

It was begun in 1992 and found a few microlensing candidates and identified other transient events such as novae, and variable star events.

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astronomical survey