Saturday, March 4, 2017

Citizen Science: Find a planet with Planet Hunters


Citizen Science: Find a planet with Planet Hunters


CT Science Nut encourages everyone to get involved in citizen science! Citizen Science allows the general public to collaborate with scientists to help push the boundaries of human knowledge.


Project: Planet Hunters
Goal: To find exoplanets orbiting distant stars.
How to participate: Online only at  https://www.planethunters.org/
Who Can participate: Pretty much anyone! Great activity for kids or adults. Created by zooinverse educators. Comes with educators guide for classrooms and informal use.
Level of Difficulty: Easy


Pros: 

Finding Alien worlds...count me in!
Easy to learn and use for all.
Simple, straightforward training.
Great for adults
Designed for students
Easy and optional to sign up


Cons:

None


Description: 

Planet Hunters ( https://www.planethunters.org/ ) is using citizen science to find exoplanets orbiting distant stars. How cool is that! Planet Hunters works with Nasa's Kepler spacecraft to monitor the light of thousands of stars outside of our solar system. Kepler uses the transit technique to detect planets orbiting distant stars. The transit technique tracks tiny shadows passing in front of distant stars. These tiny shadows are our way to detect a planet passing between the earth and a distant star. This technique can give scientists the general size of the planet, and the distance the planet is from its star.

Planet Hunters is easy to learn and use. The training process takes about five minutes and can be learned by kids and adults alike. In order to receive credit for your findings, you can sign up for an account or participate anonymously.


Planet Hunters is what citizen science is all about. People coming together in the name of science to accomplish something amazing.

Interested in Astronomy? Check out: Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide, Eighth Edition (Wiley Self Teaching Guides)

Resources:
https://www.planethunters.org/ 



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