Welcome to a new frontier in citizen science – exoplanet detection!
The discovery and investigation of exoplanets (planets orbiting stars outside of our solar system) has become one of the most active and exciting areas in modern astronomy.
Now, you can join professional astronomers and participate in discovering and characterizing exoplanets in our galaxy.
To get started, we recommend you click on the following pages:
- 1.) What is an Exoplanet? –> to learn about exoplanets and how they are found
- 2.) How to? –> to learn how to observe them with your Unistellar eVscope
- 3.) Transit Predictions –> for the most up-to-date exoplanet targets by geographic location
- 4.) Results –> to see the most exciting results from our citizen science exoplanet discovery network
Happy planet hunting!
Featured Exoplanet Transits for June 2022:
Six Chances to Confirm New Exoplanet
This June, citizen astronomers have a chance to help find and confirm a new world in the Universe!
Exoplanet candidate TOI 3537.01 was discovered by NASA’s exoplanet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission in October 2021, but hasn’t been observed by any other telescopes since. As a candidate, it means astronomers think they found an exoplanet, but they need more observations to rule out other explanations like nearby binary stars and dust clouds.
When you’re ready to get started, go to Exoplanet Transit Predictions and select your region from the drop down menu below. Then, scroll down the table and select the row for TOI 3537.01 to display the observation settings and visibility map. Use those settings to ensure your observation goes smoothly.
UPDATE: This candidate was just redefined days ago as an eclipsing binary star thanks to the TESS follow-up program, meaning it is likely not an exoplanet. We still encourage you to observe this system because this new classification merits confirmation and this is a good test case for eVscopes detecting eclipsing binary stars, which would be a first for us! Find more details on Unistellar’s blog.