Exoplanet Transit Tracking

There are billions of stars in the sky and many of them are now known to have their own planets orbiting them. These planets are too far away for us to image directly, but their orbits have been precisely calculated.

In this project we will use professional-grade telescopes and cameras from iTelescope to monitor a star, taking systematic images of it as one of its planets passes across its face (Transits). When this happens the star will appear VERY slightly dimmer as the planet blocks some of the light from the star. we will use photometry tools to precisely measure the star andĀ plot its changesĀ on a graph producing a characteristic light-curve.

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