Utilizing Small Telescopes Operated by Citizen Scientists for Transiting Exoplanet Follow-up

Illustration of a  transiting exoplanet
March 2020

Utilizing Small Telescopes Operated by Citizen Scientists for Transiting Exoplanet Follow-up

Exoplanet Watch is a community program within the NASA’s Universe of Learning project that engages the public to do citizen science related to transiting exoplanets. Participants observe objects using their own equipment, upload their reduced data to a central repository (hosted by the AAVSO Exoplanet Section), and the data is shared with the broader science community to contribute to timing accuracy for transiting exoplanet follow-ups.

A recently published article in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, led by Dr. Robert Zellem, describes the project and can be found here: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1538-3873/ab7ee7