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Tuesday, December 6 • 8:00am - 8:20am
A Search For Exoplanets - KOIs

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The goal of this research was to detect multiple unconfirmed exoplanets via the transit method. An exoplanet refers any planet that orbits a star other than our own. The transit method utilizes the periodic partial eclipse of the parent star by its planet. If observations are made during the eclipse, a decrease in brightness of the parent star can be observed. Kepler Objects of Interest (KOIs) are potential exoplanets discovered by the Kepler Spacecraft. Once there is sufficient evidence, these objects can become confirmed exoplanets. Confirmed exoplanets discovered by the Kepler Spacecraft are given the Kepler designation, such as Kepler-438b, which is the most Earth-like exoplanet discovered to date. The Sierra Star Observatory, located in a dark region of California, was used to carry out this project. Fifteen different observations were made for ten different KOIs. Multiple CCD filters were used in order to differentiate between a false positive and an actual exoplanet. This research aims to deliver helpful data for professional astronomers working with the Kepler planets. Successfully detecting any of these KOIs will add to the ever-growing list of confirmed exoplanets. At the date of submission of this abstract, additional analysis of transit light-curves will be needed before any conclusions can be drawn.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 8:00am - 8:20am
202 Zeis Hall