Protostars and Planets VI, Heidelberg, July 15-20, 2013
A Planet Hunters Search of the Kepler TCE Inventory
Schwamb, Meg (Yale University)
Lintott, Chris (University of Oxford and Adler Planetarium)
Fischer, Debra (Yale University)
Smith, Arfon (Adler Planetarium)
Boyajian, Tabetha (Yale University)
Brewer, John (Yale University)
Giguere, Matt (Yale University)
Lynn, Stuart (Adler Planetarium)
Schawinski, Kevin (ETH Zurich)
Simpson, Rob (University of Oxford )
Wang, Ji (Yale University)
NASA\'s Kepler spacecraft has spent the past 4 years monitoring ~160,000 stars for the signatures of transiting exoplanets. Planet Hunters (http://www.planethunters.org), part of the Zooniverse (http://www.zooniverse.org) collection of citizen science projects, uses the power of human pattern recognition via the World Wide Web to identify transits in the Kepler public data. We have demonstrated the success of a citizen science approach with the projectís discoveries including PH1 b, a transiting circumbinary planet in a four star system., and over 20 previously unknown planet candidates.
The Kepler team has released the list of 18,406 potential transit signals or threshold-crossing events (TCEs) identified in Quarters 1-12 (~1000 days) by their automated Transit Planet Search (TPS) algorithm. The majority of these detections found by TPS are triggered by transient events and are not valid planet candidates. To identify planetary candidates from the detected TCEs, a human review of the validation reports, generated by the Kepler pipeline for each TCE, is performed by several Kepler team members. We have undertaken an independent crowd-sourced effort to perform a systematic search of the Kepler Q1-12 TCE list. With the Internet we can obtain multiple assessments of each TCE\'s data validation report. Planet Hunters volunteers evaluate whether a transit is visible in the Kepler light curve folded on the expected period identified by TPS. We present the first results of this analysis.
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