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sharpiefan
01-26-2018, 10:25 AM
A Multi-Planet System Has Been Discovered Entirely Through Crowdsourcing (ARTICLE LINK) (https://www.sciencealert.com/nasa-announces-the-first-multi-planet-system-discovered-entirely-through-crowdsourcing)

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Through a project called Exoplanet Explorers, a band of citizen scientists has discovered K2-138, a far-off planetary system that houses least five exoplanets.

This is the first time that a multi-planet system has been discovered entirely through crowdsourcing.

UC Santa Cruz astronomer Ian Crossfield and Caltech staff scientist Jessie Christiansen launched the Exoplanet Explorers project on the online platform Zooniverse in 2017.

The project gives volunteers the ability to sift through data from NASA's Kepler space telescope for signs of exoplanets.

"People anywhere can log on and learn what real signals from exoplanets look like, and then look through actual data collected from the Kepler telescope to vote on whether or not to classify a given signal as a transit, or just noise," said Christiansen in a Caltech news release.


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