Week 3: Exoplanet Archive Analysis
Hello again! This week was spring break for the University of Mississippi, so I wasn’t able to meet with my on-site advisor. This unfortunately means no WASP-31 b updates just yet. However, I did do some fascinating research on exoplanet archives from both NASA and the European Union exoplanet catalog to see what information is recorded for each transiting exoplanet found. This will guide my own research with WASP-31 b. Here is an example of the table they use:
There are about 70 more columns past this that I working to understand. For this picture, I made a table of what each header means in context:
I also completed NASA’s Universe of Learning video series on how to explore, participate in, and contribute to exoplanet science to better prepare myself for my on-site research. I’ll leave you with an astrophysics fact of the week: The hottest known planet is KELT-9b, which has a surface temperature of 7,800 degrees Fahrenheit! Thank you for reading my blog this week and come back next week for some WASP-31 b updates!