Planet Hunters

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by daedalus, Oct 24, 2013.

    1. daedalus

      daedalus Member

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      Brussels
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2007
      Exoplanets are planets orbiting other stars than our own. One of the methods to detect them is to observe the change in luminosity when a planet passes in front of a star. It masks the star and so the luminosity observed by the telescope decreases.

      Detecting drops in the luminosity of a star linked to the transit of a planet is not an easy thing to do for a computer. That's why the scientists ask for the help of human volunteer to observe the luminosity curves of stars observed by the Kepler space telescope.

      The site is very easy to use. There is a short tutorial. When you have a transit it looks like this:

      transits_2.jpg

      Anyone can contribute. It doesn't take long per star. Here is the website:


      http://www.planethunters.org/
       
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    2. astronomer
      Spaced

      astronomer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      april 12/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced ( factory/rock band )
      hi, i am an amateur astronomer, thanks for the info. kevin
       

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