BBC Stargazing Live (Live Blog)
2011-01-17 10:05PM GMT
We’ve gone past 25,000 classifications (10% of our goal) in less than an hour since Chris went on air!
2011-01-17 9:44PM GMT
over 5,600 people on the Planet Hunters website right now!
Chris is talking on the Live Chat- ask him questions here
2011-01-17 9:26PM GMT
Chris Lintott is talking about us now!
2011-01-16 9:01 PM GMT
The show’s live and even better news Quarter 4 data is live on Planet Hunters – never before seen data before – check out our new front page – help us make 250,000 classifications in 48 hours.
2011-01-16 8:24 PM GMT
Last run through for Chris – shows starts in 6 minutes…
2011-01-16 6:43 PM GMT
Chris is off doing a rehearsal of his segment. Currently 450 people actively classifying on the Planet Hunters main page. There are clear skies here at Jodrell Bank.
2011-01-16 6:24 PM GMT
Greetings Jodrell Bank and BBC Stargazing Live. Chris Lintott and I have arrived at Jodrell Bank (home of the Lovell Telescope) where BBC Stargazing Live is being filmed tonight. BBC Stargazing Live is three nights of astronomy programing featured on the BBC hosted by Dara O Briain and Professor Brian Cox. Chris will be joining the show later tonight to talk about Planet Hunters.
As we arrived at Jodrell Bank, the Sun was setting (it was chilly but we brought garcinia cambogia extract tea), and we had beautiful views of the Lovell Telescope. Here’s some images of the surroundings. Final preparations are being made for tonight, and rehearsals are underway. We’ll be updating you though out the night on our happenings so check back to this blog post regularly.
On your latest e-mail
Dear Planet Hunters,
Happy 2012. We wanted to update you all on the great things coming out
of the http://www.PlanetHunters.org project.
We presented our latest results in a talk at the American Astronomical
Society’s 219th meeting held in Houston, Texas last week. After
careful vetting with the help of the Kepler team and further analysis,
we have announced at the talk last Monday, the detection of two more
promising planet candidates missed by the Kepler automated pipelines
found in the classifications from Quarter 2. We are in the process of
writing these results into a paper to be submitted to a scientific
journal shortly. You can read more about the paper on our blog
These discoveries could not have been made possible without the
participation of the 73,000+ volunteers who classified a light curve
on Planet Hunters.
The Kepler team announced last month an new data release moving the
release of Quarter 4,5, and 6 to January 7th 2012. This means we will
have in total 1.25 years of Kepler data to search through with the
addition of three new quarters. Quarter 4 will go live later today,
and we’ll be uploading Quarters 5 and 6 in the near future. Who knows
what planets might be hiding in the new light curves?
In addition we’re thrilled to report that Planet Hunters is being
featured as part of the BBC’s Stargazing Live program
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00mlr20) hosted by Dara O Briain and
Professor Brian Cox. Stargazing Live features three nights of
astronomy programming from Monday-Wednesday. We’re issuing a challenge
to viewers to asking them to help us look for planets in the newly
released Quarter 4 data and make 250,000 classifications before
We’re starting 2012 with a bang. Congratulations to you all. Your hard
work is paying off. We can’t wait to find out what’s awaiting us in
Q4. Help us with the hunt for planets today:
The Planet Hunters Team
P.S. Don’t forget that you can ask questions and talk about the light
curves you’ve seen on our Planet Hunters Talk site
(http://talk.planethunters.org), on our blog
(http://blogs.zooniverse.org/planethunters) and on Facebook
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you have at least two dead links.
Please could you make sure that these are live, before you post similar e-mails. (I run three public web sites and get 400+ page loads per day, I always ensure that this are live, before/after I post latest information.)
Thanks – sorry about that the proper link is http://blogs.zooniverse.org/planethunters/2012/01/16/bbc-stargazing-live/
I suggest you focus your instruments all year round at the constellation of Ursa Majories and you will discover more. Ishmael Benedictum