Amateur astronomer helps pros study super-Saturn orbiting another star

None of last week’s coverage of super-Saturn J1407b explored the role amateurs played in the research. I spoke with Belgian amateur astronomer Franz-Josef Hambsch about his passion for variable star astronomy and how that led to his participation in the super-Saturn research.

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SalsaJ Astronomical Image Analysis App

SalsaJ was developed to let middle and high school students analyze real astronomical data in the classroom, but it also works as an accessible app for amateurs of all ages.

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Planet Hunters, the crowdsourced search for exoplanets

 

Planet Hunters lets over 280,000 people around the world search for exoplanets - planets orbiting othe stars - in data from Nasa’s Kepler space telescope. These amateur exoplanet-hunters found four exoplanets and several more candidates that Kepler’s sophisticated software missed.

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