SkyNews/RASC National Speaker Series: Exoplanet hunting from home (ONLINE)

Exoplanet hunting from home
Thursday, November 25, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Presented by Laurie Sibbald

Since confirmation of the first exoplanet detection in 1992, humans have found almost 5,000 exoplanets orbiting distant stars — and detecting them is possible with the same equipment as used in backyard astrophotography.

Co-hosted by RASC outreach assistant Samantha Jewett and SkyNews editor-in-chief Allendria Brunjes, learn how Laurie Sibbald began collecting photometry data from suburbia indicating exoplanets. All the skills were developed by doing deep space imaging using some of the excellent software tools and equipment available to consumers. The data quality is high enough to contribute to exoplanet research databases that scientists are using to improve our understanding of worlds outside of our Solar System.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Zoom
Organized by: SkyNews Magazine and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada