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Engaging Citizen Scientists to Keep Transit Times Fresh and Ensure the Efficient Use of Transiting Exoplanet Characterization Missions

Zellem, Robert T. and Biferno, Anya and Ciardi, David R. and Dussault, Mary and Peticolas, Laura and Fowler, Martin and Pearson, Kyle A. and Gee, Wilfred and Zimmerman-Brachman, Rachel and Smith, Denise and Cominsky, Lynn and Roudier, Gael M. and Lawton, Brandon and Baer, Robert and Dragomir, Diana and Jovanovic, Nemanja and Kuchner, Marc and Sienkiewicz, Frank and Walawender, Josh (2019) Engaging Citizen Scientists to Keep Transit Times Fresh and Ensure the Efficient Use of Transiting Exoplanet Characterization Missions. Astro2020 Science White Paper, . (Unpublished)

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This white paper advocates for the creation of a community-wide program to maintain precise mid-transit times of exoplanets that would likely be targeted by future platforms. Given the sheer number of targets that will require careful monitoring between now and the launch of the next generation of exoplanet characterization missions, this network will initially be devised as a citizen science project -- focused on the numerous amateur astronomers, small universities and community colleges and high schools that have access to modest sized telescopes and off-the-shelf CCDs.

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Zellem, Robert T.0000-0001-7547-0398
Ciardi, David R.0000-0002-5741-3047
Dragomir, Diana0000-0003-2313-467X
Kuchner, Marc0000-0002-2387-5489
Additional Information:Part of the research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. © 2019. All rights reserved. NASA’s Universe of Learning is supported under award number NNX16AC65A to the Space Telescope Science Institute, working in partnership with Caltech/IPAC, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Sonoma State University.
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Series Name:Astro2020 Science White Paper
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:20 Jun 2019 22:14
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