Astronomers open huge dataset of nearby stars available to public


A team of astronomers led by the Carnegie Institution for Science, along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has released a huge dataset of observations on nearby stars to the public as part of the search for exoplanets. About 61,000 measurements on over 1,600 nearby stars are included in the dataset, which was compiled over more than two decades by the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. Along with the dataset, an open-source software and an online tutorial to assist in data processing are also available. The astronomers hope the dataset’s release will inspire citizen scientists around the world to join the hunt for exoplanets. This research was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.

Last Modified: 2017/03/08