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“Without Planet Hunters, none of the subsequent discoveries would have been possible.”

7 Jan 2018, 17:26 UTC
“Without Planet Hunters, none of the subsequent discoveries would have been possible.”
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An interview with PH Tom Jacobs, by Rebekah and Jennifer Kahn
Thomas Lee Jacobs is a long-time Planet Hunters member who recently coauthored “Likely Transiting Exocomets Detected by Kepler,” a paper in which the first exocomets were discovered by the transit method through his persevering efforts in reviewing over 200,000 light curves. Published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, you can read that paper here: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1708.06069v2 . This is not Tom’s first scholarly paper, having previously been listed as coauthor of nine other papers, in which he explored eclipsing binaries, long period exoplanet orbits, and Jupiter size exoplanets in the Habitable Zone. And he tells us “there are more in the works.” With such a record of scholarly accomplishments as a citizen scientist, we thought his views of the past, present and future of PH would be worth listening to. And yes, he is a real citizen scientist; having graduated with a non-science degree from the University of Washington in Business Administration, his rewarding day job is working as an employment consultant for workers with intellectual disabilities.
PH: Could you tell us what attracted you to Planet Hunters when it was founded seven years ago? Were you already ...

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