November is Exoplanet Month! To support our unprecedented, international exoplanet transit observation, the entire month of November is dedicated to exoplanet citizen science!
Exoplanets are planets that lie beyond our solar system. So far, we’re discovered Gas Giants (large planets with thick gas atmospheres, like Saturn and Jupiter), Neptune-Like worlds (ice giants with cold gas atmospheres, similar in size to Uranus and Neptune), Super-Earths (a mix of rocky and gas-shrouded exoplanets, bigger than Earth, but smaller than Neptune), and Terrestrial worlds (rocky, similar in size to our own Earth).
Exoplanet transits occur when planets beyond our solar system pass in front of their host star from our perspective on Earth. Observing transits will allow us to not only discover more about exoplanets, but also help us learn about the planets within our own solar system.
On November 18-19, the global Unistellar Network will attempt the longest duration exoplanet transit ever detected from the ground! The target is Kepler-167e, an exoplanet similar to Jupiter, but orbits a star very different from our Sun.
There will be more opportunities to observe different exoplanet transits during the month, and check out the resources below to learn more about the Unistellar Network’s exoplanet exoplanet citizen science program!