Protostars and Planets VI, Heidelberg, July 15-20, 2013
Planet Hunters Update: Many New Planet Candidates Identified by Citizen Scientists from Kepler Data, Including Several in the Habitable Zone
Schmitt, Joseph (Yale University)
Wang, Ji (Yale University)
Since December, 2010, more than 250,000 public volunteers have searched through more than 19 million Kepler light curves hunting for transiting planets. The Kepler light curves are shown in 30 day sections, and with ~160,000 Kepler target stars, the users have contributed the equivalent of 180 years of work hours. This vetting process has resulted in over 40 new planet candidates and two new confirmed planets, including several not identified through the Kepler pipeline. Many of our candidate planets lie within their host star’s habitable zone. We review the recent large release of new PH candidates in Wang et al. (2013), including one confirmed planet, and give preliminary results for our next PH candidate release.
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