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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 step-by-step EXOTIC tutorial, submitting and viewing your results, and where to point your telescope.

Upcoming Meetings

May 15, 2024

May 29, 2024

Past recordings:

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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