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Planet Hunters: the first two planet candidates identified by the public using the Kepler public archive data

Authors
  • Debra A, Fischer
  • Megan E, Schwamb
  • Kevin, Schawinski
  • Chris, Lintott
  • John, Brewer
  • Matt, Giguere
  • Stuart, Lynn
  • Michael, Parrish
  • Thibault, Sartori
  • Robert, Simpson
  • Arfon, Smith
  • Julien, Spronck
  • Natalie, Batalha
  • Jason Rowe
  • Jon, Jenkins
  • Steve, Bryson
  • Andrej, Prsa
  • Peter Tenenbaum
  • Justin, Crepp
  • Tim, Morton
  • And 10 more
Type
Published Article
Journal
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2012
Volume
419
Issue
4
Pages
2900–2911
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

Planet Hunters is a new citizen science project designed to engage the public in an exoplanet search using NASA Kepler public release data. In the first month after launch, users identified two new planet candidates which survived our checks for false positives. The follow-up effort included analysis of Keck HIRES spectra of the host stars, analysis of pixel centroid offsets in the Kepler data and adaptive optics imaging at Keck using NIRC2. Spectral synthesis modelling coupled with stellar evolutionary models yields a stellar ...

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