Confirming Exoplanets Using the Fort Lewis Observatory

Mullin, Elinor (2016) Confirming Exoplanets Using the Fort Lewis Observatory. [Abstract]

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The transit method was used to detect exoplanets at the Fort Lewis Observatory. Exoplanets are planets that orbit other stars. Using the telescope at the Fort Lewis College Observatory, eight transits were captured. The change in magnitude was determined for all eight transit stars and the transit duration was determined for six of the stars. The change in magnitude recorded by the Fort Lewis telescope was compared to the change in magnitude reported on the Exoplanet Transit Database (ETD). All eight transits had an average difference from the ETD of within 0.004 magnitude or 21%. Through this data analysis and comparison it was determined that the telescope at the Fort Lewis Observatory is capable of observing exoplanet transits having a change in magnitude of as small as 0.0087.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Uncontrolled Keywords: exoplanets, transit method, FLC observatory, physics, astronomy, magnitude change
Subjects: Undergrad Research Symposium
Undergrad Research Symposium > Physics
Depositing User: Elinor Mullin
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 17:24
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2016 17:24

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