Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Detecting Exoplanets at Utah State University

Class

Article

Graduation Year

2017

College

College of Science

Department

Physics Department

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Detecting Exoplanets at Utah State University

Since the first observation of a planet orbiting another star in 1995, many more of these so called exoplanets have been discovered orbiting stars in the Milky Way galaxy. NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed more than 3,400 exoplanets since it was launched in 2011 with over 4,500 that still need to be confirmed (candidates). Professional astronomers rely on amateur astronomers to verify Kepler’s findings and updating the registry. Research was done to determine the likelihood of confirming exoplanets from USU in Logan, UT using the existing observatory as well as with equipment purchased for this investigation. This research will allow USU to join the planet hunting community and be able to contribute to the database of confirmed exoplanets.

Location

North Atrium

Start Date

4-13-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

4-13-2017 4:15 PM

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Detecting Exoplanets at Utah State University

North Atrium

Detecting Exoplanets at Utah State University

Since the first observation of a planet orbiting another star in 1995, many more of these so called exoplanets have been discovered orbiting stars in the Milky Way galaxy. NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed more than 3,400 exoplanets since it was launched in 2011 with over 4,500 that still need to be confirmed (candidates). Professional astronomers rely on amateur astronomers to verify Kepler’s findings and updating the registry. Research was done to determine the likelihood of confirming exoplanets from USU in Logan, UT using the existing observatory as well as with equipment purchased for this investigation. This research will allow USU to join the planet hunting community and be able to contribute to the database of confirmed exoplanets.