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Study known exoplanets using images taken by Las Cumbres Observatory’s robotic telescopes

Agent Exoplanet

Astronomers at Las Cumbres Observatory are investigating exoplanets - planets which orbit stars other than our Sun - and you can too.Joining You'll measure the brightness of a star while a planet moves between it and our viewpoint. You can examine as many images, from as many exoplanet transit events, as you like and contribute to understanding the properties of each exoplanet.
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Mission Brief

“Astronomers at Las Cumbres Observatory are investigating exoplanets - planets which orbit stars other than our Sun - and they’d like your help!”

Sarah Eve Roberts, Las Cumbres Observatory Education Specialist

Astronomers at Las Cumbres Observatory are investigating exoplanets - planets which orbit stars other than our Sun - and they’d like your help.

Discovering exoplanets is tricky since they are so faint compared to the stars they orbit. It requires detective work. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to look through a sequence of images recently taken by our telescopes in Hawaii, Australia and California and help us to spot these exoplanets and measure their size.

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Innovation Overview
12 - 18
Age Group
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Children/Users
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Country
2018
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Choose your planet
Go to the Agent Exoplanet website and select an exoplanet to study
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Analyze your images with the Light Monitor
Start analyzing your image by defining your target star, blank sky and calibration stars.
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Check your plots
See a small plot pop up near each of your circles showing the lightcurve
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Classify your lightcurve
One-by-one we would like you to classify your lightcurves.
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