Feb 23rd: Exoplanet Explorers

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Podcaster:  Host : Fraser Cain ; Guest :Dr. Jessie Christiansen, Dr. Paul Matt Sutter, Dr. Kimberly Cartier, & Dr. Morgan Rehnberg

Title: Weekly Space Hangout – Dr. Jessie Christiansen and “Exoplanet Explorers”

Link: Cosmoquest: http://cosmoquest.org
You can watch the video in: http://youtu.be/VWe5WbiYqpY

Description:This week’s stories:

  • The upcoming SpaceX launch.
  • The leaning tower of SLS…
  • How the James Webb will take pictures.
  • The chances of a Tesla meteor.
  • Why people would be totally chill about aliens.

Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain )

Special Guest: Dr. Jessie Christiansen ( @aussiastronomer ) is a Caltech staff scientist and co-founder (with UC Santa Cruz astronomer Dr. Ian Crossfield) of the citizen-scientist project Exoplanet Explorers which examines data from the Kepler K2 mission.

In April, 2017, Exoplanet Explorers detected a 5-planet system with the potential for 6th planet as well. This system, named K2-138, is unique because it is the first multi-planet system to be discovered entirely by a group of citizen scientists. A paper titled The K2-138 System: A Near-resonant Chain of Five Sub-Neptune Planets Discovered by Citizen Scientists has been accepted for publication in The Astronomical Journal.

You can access the published version of the article here:https://authors.library.caltech.edu/84280/1/Christiansen_2018_AJ_155_57.pdf

You can also learn more about Dr. Christiansen by visiting her webpage:

Dr. Paul Matt Sutter ( http://www.pmsutter.com/ & @PaulMattSutter )
Dr. Morgan “Sniffles” Rehnberg ( http://cosmicchatter.org/ & @MorganRehnberg )
Dr. Kimberly Cartier ( http://KimberlyCartier.org & @AstroKimCartier )

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