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19 January 2012

Mission Successful

Success! We found an exoplanet.

I say we, but it was citizen scientists Lee Threapleton and Chris Holmes who made the initial classification of the dwarf star SPH43066540 which displayed noticeable transit events. Although many other people around the world identified the transit after them, unfortunately my name was not among them as they flashed across the screen during BBC Stargazing Live.

The whole excitement of the show and of the planet hunters project has really gotten me hooked on the hunt for exoplanets. Maybe some day I'll make one of those initial classification which leads to a discovery.

Must try harder!