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posted by Fnord666 on Friday January 12, @10:43PM   Printer-friendly
from the stargazing dept.

Multi-planet System Found Through Crowdsourcing

A system of at least five exoplanets has been discovered by citizen scientists through a project called Exoplanet Explorers, part of the online platform Zooniverse, using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope. This is the first multi-planet system discovered entirely through crowdsourcing. A study describing the system has been accepted for publication in The Astronomical Journal.

Thousands of citizen scientists got to work on Kepler data in 2017 when Exoplanet Explorers launched. It was featured on a program called Stargazing Live on the Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). On the final night of the three-day program, researchers announced the discovery of a four-planet system. Since then, they have named it K2-138 and determined that it has a fifth planet -- and perhaps even a sixth, according to the new paper.

Zooniverse. Also at Caltech and SpaceRef.

The K2-138 System: A Near-resonant Chain of Five Sub-Neptune Planets Discovered by Citizen Scientists (open, DOI: 10.3847/1538-3881/aa9be0) (DX) (arXiv)


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13, @12:27AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13, @12:27AM (#621626)

    Unfortunately that question remains answered. It is science done using excel spreadsheets that you email to a REALâ„¢ scientist when you are done.

    Einstein spent how long double checking relativity? Even if he had been wrong, it would still be science wouldn't it? Perhaps he should have passed his hypothesis to a REALâ„¢ scientist and had figure them it out? Either way, you're a moron!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13, @01:25AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13, @01:25AM (#621633)

    Einstein spent how long double checking relativity?

    If he were a REAL™ scientist I can't imagine that would be more than 10-15 minutes. That is all the time I've ever required before moving on to the next topic to master.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13, @01:30AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 13, @01:30AM (#621634)

    Really I'm just parodying some people I've interacted with who didn't think it was "scientific" enough to input data into excel (if only they knew...).

    Also, the "citizen" label is quite creepy. Once you've seen it from the inside you realize "pro" science is >99% BS at this point anyway though.