Exoplanet Watch promotes a welcoming and inclusive community. Exoplanet Watch is for anyone and everyone.
Want to be a part of new scientific discoveries? Want to engage in the Exoplanet Watch community?
- Getting involved is easier than ever! If you are new to Exoplanet Watch, we recommend you follow this New User Checklist.
- Invite your friends! (Share your progress with family and friends!)
- You can be involved as much as you like, whether reducing your own data or simply learning more about Exoplanet Watch
- NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE NEEDED
- NO TELESCOPE NEEDED!
- We are working on developing a framework to get robotic telescope data and time to those users without a telescope (or who live in cloudy or light polluted locations!)
- Stay in touch with the rest of the Exoplanet Watch community by joining our Slack Workspace
- Slack, a free messaging app, is the primary way that the Exoplanet Watch team and community keeps in touch with each other to help make this project a success. All are welcome and encouraged to join! Ask questions, get answers, request data to analyze, see beautiful astrophotography from some of our participants, and more.
- Participate in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) Exoplanet Section Forum
Exoplanet Watch Community Highlights
Occupation: Student at Cornelius-Burgh-Gymnasium Erkelenz
What do you on Exoplanet Watch? At Exoplanet Watch I have observed & reduced transits with my 8-inch telescope, participated in bi-weekly meetings, and translated EXOTIC and the instruction files into German.
Fun fact: I really love tea!
Occupation: I am an avocational citizen scientist researching astronomy, palaeoentomology and archaeology. Prior to retirement, my research work contributed to the fields of molecular biology, cancer research, and operational analysis.
What do you do on Exoplanet Watch? For Exoplanet Watch I reduce and analyse observations of transiting ‘hot Jupiter’ exoplanets made by the MicroObservatory robotic telescopes operated by the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. To manage my work, I use an ‘Exoplanet dashboard’ built using Trello and use the results to support ephemeris maintenance and to research the planets’ properties. I also use MicroObservatory for the follow-up of nearby supernovae events and the characterisation of variable stars.
Fun Fact: I have contributed over 3,000 observations of common hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) to the iNaturalist citizen science project.
Occupation: Stanford Online High School Teacher
What do you do on Exoplanet Watch? I use Exoplanet Watch with my students, many of whom are involved in research projects!
Fun Fact: I have a new puppy named Suki!