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Aman Kar, University of Wyoming

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Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Dr. Hannah Jang-Condell

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The goal of this research is to perform remotely operated automated observations of transiting exoplanet candidates cataloged by the KELT (Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope) Collaboration. We have been using University of Wyoming’s Red Buttes Observatory which has a 0.6-meter telescope. We have been using a software program designed in Python to help conduct observations with no human interaction. The program only requires the details of the event to be entered and it automatically conducts the nightly observations including the startup and shutdown procedures of the observatory. Being a part of the KELT collaboration, we have been granted access to an extensive database of potential exoplanet candidates. We are also able to compare our data with previous observations by other members of the collaboration and help expand the search for exoplanets.

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Remotely Automated Observations of Transiting Exoplanets

The goal of this research is to perform remotely operated automated observations of transiting exoplanet candidates cataloged by the KELT (Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope) Collaboration. We have been using University of Wyoming’s Red Buttes Observatory which has a 0.6-meter telescope. We have been using a software program designed in Python to help conduct observations with no human interaction. The program only requires the details of the event to be entered and it automatically conducts the nightly observations including the startup and shutdown procedures of the observatory. Being a part of the KELT collaboration, we have been granted access to an extensive database of potential exoplanet candidates. We are also able to compare our data with previous observations by other members of the collaboration and help expand the search for exoplanets.