Planet Hunters is a project from Zooniverse where citizen scientists help astronomers identify new planets.
Through data taken from the Kepler Spacecraft, citizens are helping scientists identify stars with possible planets in the Cygnus constellation. The Spacecraft takes brightness data every thirty minutes from over 150,000 stars so there is a lot to look at.
When planets pass in front of stars, the brightness of that star dips, which shows up on the light curves taken from Kepler. These patterns are not always easily recognized by computer algorithms, and in many cases, the human brain is actually more capable of identifying brightness dips.
|How to Join||
Getting started is easy with lots of help online and a quick tutorial. So start hunting today, and you might even identify a brand new planet!
The tutorial is quite helpful and can be found here: http://www.planethunters.org/tutorial
Also, be sure to check out the Planet Hunter Talk page (http://talk.planethunters.org/), Twitter feed, and Facebook page to join in the discussion.
A computer with Internet access.
|Ideal Age Group||College, Graduate students, Adults|
|Spend the Time||indoors|
|Type of Activity||Exclusively online, At school, At home|
|Tags||astronomy, galaxy, online, planets, space, web, zooniverse|
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