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Beginners' Playlist

Get started with Exoplanet Watch using this handy playlist walking you through the basics of participating. Also see the How to Get Started tab. Topics include a step-by-step EXOTIC tutorial, submitting and viewing your results, where to point your telescope, exoplanet outreach, and more.

Upcoming Meetings

July 24, 2024 (Wednesday)

11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern - A Tale of Two WASPs

Join Avinash S. Nediyedath to hear about how Exoplanet Watch helped reduce the uncertainty of the exoplanet WASP-12 b, as well as hear about his current research involving citizen science, TESS data, and WASP-18. To read more about the papers, see the Exoplanet Watch Publications page.

Past recordings (playlist and descriptions):

July 10, 2024 (Wednesday)

11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern - NASA Astrophysics Pioneers Program: Pandora

Pandora is a SmallSat that will study 20 stars and their 39 exoplanets in visible and infrared light. Targeting a 2025 launch, it is aimed at disentangling the signals from stars and planetary atmospheres. Join Rae Holcomb, a member of the Data Pipeline Team, who is working on robust, open-source software to produce data products for all exoplanet researchers, and learn about the upcoming future of exoplanet exploration.

June 27, 2024 (Thursday)

10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern - Research Roundup - WASP-104 b Research in the Astronomy Classroom

Aside from observing exoplanets, Exoplanet Watch is also an education and outreach program designed to engage learners of all backgrounds to learn more about other worlds. Join Heather Hewitt to hear about how Arizona State University students utilized Exoplanet Watch as part of the first fully online Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) for astronomy majors. Hear about the findings from the CURE program, and see the potential impact of online research courses on a variety of student outcomes. To read more about the papers, see the Exoplanet Watch Publications page.

June 12, 2024

11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern - Connecting Exoplanets and Geoscience with Aeronomy
Aeronomy, the study of upper planetary atmospheres, is a long-studied field of geoscience. From a practical perspective, understanding the terrestrial thermosphere is crucial to predicting the lifetimes of low-Earth orbit satellites and to developing global communication networks. Scientifically, aeronomy has unveiled the history of Earth's atmosphere and of liquid water on Mars. Now, the opportunity exists to bring aeronomy to the exoplanets. In this talk, Garret Levine from Yale University will discuss ongoing research to understand the upper atmospheres of exoplanets and how these observational campaigns can be supported by Exoplanet Watchers.

May 29, 2024

5/29 11pm Pacific, 5/30 06 UTC - The Future of Exoplanet Watch - Part II
Watchers are all over the world! To allow for maximum participation, we’re holding this one on May 29th, 11pm Pacific Time, May 30th 2am Eastern, 06 UTC, to accommodate more diverse time zones. We want to hear from you! Especially if you’ve never been able to join a meeting live before, this one’s for you! Ideas and feedback are always welcome in Slack, specifically #meeting-minutes for this topic.

May 15, 2024

5/15 11am Pacific, 18 UTC - The Future of Exoplanet Watch - Part I
We’ve come a long way in a very short time. Starting with just a handful of members in 2021, we now have over 2,600 Watchers who have completed more than 6,300 reductions on over 400 exoplanet targets resulting in 27 scientific papers, and we’re just getting started! Whether you’re brand new or you’ve been with us since the beginning, join us to share how you want YOUR community to evolve and grow. What are your priorities? What are your pain points? What can Watchers do for each other and how can we all help grow and strengthen our connections? This will be a two part session to allow for maximum participation. Those who still can’t join live are always welcome to share thoughts and start conversations in the #meeting-minutes Slack channel.

Apr 17, 2024 - Back to Basics - Exoplanet Observing Tips and Tricks

Hear from experts on how to set up and optimize your exoplanet observations. Discuss with fellow Watchers about their best practices and ask your own questions about your own setup.

Apr 3, 2024 - Back to Basics - Exoplanet Watch Outreach 101

Whether you’re a brand-new Watcher or a professional astronomer, we can all be ambassadors and advocates for the exploration of other worlds. Hear from, and ask your questions of, NASA experts in the art and science of exoplanet outreach. Get easy-to-use resources and connect with your fellow Watchers to spread the good word about exoplanet science!

Mar 20, 2024 - Eclipses as Exoplanet Outreach Opportunities

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will sweep across North America. Jump on the hype train and use it as a hook to engage your family, friends, and local community in Exoplanet Watch, as well as Science in general! Share your plans, ideas, and resources. Ask your questions of NASA education and outreach experts about how to capitalize on this historic event!

Mar 6, 2024 - Robotic Telescopes - MicroObservatory

No Telescope? Use a robotic telescope to observe exoplanets! The MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network has free resources for anyone interested in doing astronomy, including contributing data to Exoplanet Watch. Hear from the team about this amazing system!

Feb 21, 2024 - Back to Basics: Where to point my telescope?

You have access to hardware, but you just want to know when and where to point your telescope to gather photons from other worlds! Join us to hear about tools you can use to plan your next exoplanet exploration!

Feb 7, 2024 - Back to Basics: Viewing Your Results

So you've done the hard work, and submitted your data? Come learn how to view your results to show family, friends, and other potential Watchers how you are contributing to scientific knowledge of worlds beyond the Solar System!

Jan 24, 2024 - Back to Basics: Submitting to AAVSO

Come learn how to take YOUR exoplanet light curves and submit them into a public database under your unique observer code to benefit the whole scientific community and get credit for your work.

Dec 13, 2023 - Back to Basics: How to Get Started in Exoplanet Watch and How to Use EXOTIC to Analyze Your Data

Rob Zellem gave a presentation on how to get started in participating in Exoplanet Watch, including signing up for our Slack channel, requesting data from our Data Checkout System, and then using EXOTIC to analyze your data.

Nov 15, 2023 - EXOTIC and Variable Stars

Kyle Pearson discussed how EXOTIC indicates and handles variable stars when analyzing potential comparison stars and answering your questions about EXOTIC, as well as answering any questions you have about participating in Exoplanet Watch.

Nov 1, 2023 - the Lightsound Project

Guest speaker Allyson Bieryla (CfA-Harvard) presented the Lightsound Project, a solar eclipse sonification tool.

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