First, let me point out that I am not very interested in the in-game rewards/stats for Project Discover. However I am VERY interested in the citizen science aspect of it.
First Question: I can spend 15 minutes per sample marking the easy to spot transits and likely get an “Analysis Successful”, or I can spend hours trying to pick out more difficult transits and possibly get an “Analysis Failed” result. Which of those methods is the most beneficial to the scientists working with the data?
Second Question: I’ve poured through the A Simple Exoplanets Project Discovery Guide but I would like to get a better understanding of the science behind all of this so that I can do a better job of spotting transits. Can anyone point me in the direction of resources that would be suitable for a very intelligent non-astronomer?
The kind of information I’m looking for would be along the lines of:
- “An eclipsing binary tends to do (X, Y, or Z), so you want to look for transits that exhibit the properties (A, B, or C)”
- “The brightness of an erupting variable tends to (increase/decrease) in the hours after an eruption, so you want to first look for transits (there/elsewhere)”