Recently, Dynamic Patterns Research featured a review of the important citizen science project of Planet Hunters where anyone can sign up to visually analyze light curves obtained from NASA’s Kepler Discovery Mission (read more).
We continued to work through the light curve data, sifting through images that may or may not contain potential signatures for a transiting planet around the observed star.
The Planet Hunters team carefully reviews the identifications, and just announced a new set of potential exoplanets. These newly discovered light curves will still require additional independent observations and measurements before any claim is made about the existence of a planet.
At this time, Dynamic Patterns Research is listed as a co-identifier of a potential exoplanet around a dwarf star about 0.87 times the size of our Sun. It has an apparent visual magnitude of 15.2 and a temperature 5,730 K. More information about this star can be see on the Kepler Target Search Results database (view). This star, labelled SPH10046881, and it’s light curve with the apparent exoplanet transit can be view online on Planet Hunters (view).
More light curve data is pouring into the Planet Hunters system from the ongoing Kepler dataset, so now is a great time to get involved in Planet Hunters. It’s not difficult to participate, but it is so important to help out with this critical process of discovery right now. Someday we may need to learn from the experiences and histories of these other planetary systems to prepare for the future of our own home world. And, we may even need to take the long haul trip to a neighbor planet — hopefully for a joy ride — but possibly for the continuing existence of humanity.