Want to learn more about exoplanets?

Resources to get you quickly started in Exoplanet Watch

  1. Build Your Own Transit Lightcurve Activity
    • Get a quick introduction to explanets, how we observe transits, and what a transit lightcurve tells you in this hands-on activity from Sonoma State's Astronomy from Home (AfH) Project
    • AfH also provides a more detailed background on exoplanets
  2. MicroObservatory DIY Planet Search (Optional, but recommended!)
    • ​Observe a transiting exoplanet using a robotic telescope
    • DIY Planet Search teaches you how astronomers perform multi-object photometry to extract the time-varying brightness of a transit from raw astronomical images
  3. Run EXOTIC and its sample dataset
    • Use Exoplanet Watch's official data reduction tool EXOTIC to analyze a sample dataset of the transiting exoplanet, HAT-P-32b, to produce your own transit lightcurve and measure this planet's transit depth and mid-transit time

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