Kepler needs you!

New data made available to Planethunters volunteers


The Planethunters website invites volunteers to get involved in the search for exoplanets


To coincide with the BBC's Stargazing LIVE, another nine months' worth of data from the Kepler mission is being released to the general public through the Planethunters website today.

Planethunters, which forms part of the Zooniverse crowd-sourced astronomy project, will now feature time-lapse images of over 150,000 additional stars. Volunteers are invited to study these images and look for signs that indicate the presence of a planet. If a significant planet is discovered, the volunteer responsible for spotting it will have their name mentioned in any subsequent scientific paper.

Planethunters volunteers have already discovered several confirmed planets since the site was first put online last year, but Chris Lintott of The Sky at Night said: "We are very confident that there are more planets lurking in there to be found."

What's more, it is believed that the human brain, rather than a computer, will be better at noticing signs of complex systems involving variable or double stars, or multiple interacting planets.


Like this article? Why not:
Three smallest exoplanets yet discovered
previous news Article
Remembering Apollo 1
next news Article
We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here