Part 4: Summarizing Technological Methods of Kepler and TESS
Summarize, briefly (2-3 paragraphs), the planetary detection method used by the TESS and Kepler
spacecraft. What are the advantages and disadvantages (challenges) of detecting exoplanets with this specific method? What has been the impact of space telescopes like TESS and Kepler on our search for – and changing understanding of – exoplanets so far, in comparison to other technologies and
methods used for exoplanet hunting before TESS and Kepler? (How did it change our view of what
exoplanets are like?) What is the main reason or cause of such an impact, behind the TESS and Kepler
Part 5: Reviewing Contributions of Citizen Scientists in Planet Hunters
Summarize the discoveries made by citizen scientists with Planet Hunters so far, and how they have
advanced the scientific research of searching for exoplanets in our galaxy. (You need to discuss at
least 2 different and specific discoveries made by them, through Planet Hunters.) Were there any
discoveries, made by citizen scientists, of new types of objects and/or events that were otherwise
missed by the computer software analyzing the same data, and/or TESS & Kepler team scientists?
(Tip: review the Blog section of the Planet Hunters website (https://blog.planethunters.org/ ), for past
and most recent discoveries.)
Part 6: Personal Reflection
Provide a final personal reflection (half-page minimum, 1 full page maximum, double-spaced) on your
participation in this citizen science project. Some possible – but not the only ones necessarily –
questions to consider are:
Were there any surprises for you along the way, during this project? What were your most
and least favourite parts of this project?
How do you think your contributions to Planet Hunters may be helpful to science?
How do you think this project (in our course) could be improved further?
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