BEGIN:VCALENDAR PRODID:-//Microsoft Corporation//Outlook 16.0 MIMEDIR//EN VERSION:2.0 METHOD:PUBLISH X-MS-OLK-FORCEINSPECTOROPEN:TRUE BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:Eastern Standard Time BEGIN:STANDARD DTSTART:16011104T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYDAY=1SU;BYMONTH=11 TZOFFSETFROM:-0400 TZOFFSETTO:-0500 END:STANDARD BEGIN:DAYLIGHT DTSTART:16010311T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYDAY=2SU;BYMONTH=3 TZOFFSETFROM:-0500 TZOFFSETTO:-0400 END:DAYLIGHT END:VTIMEZONE BEGIN:VEVENT CLASS:PUBLIC CREATED:20180717T203713Z DESCRIPTION:JHU/APL Colloquium - www.jhuapl.edu/colloquium \n \nTOPIC: Amateur Astronomer Participation in the TE SS Exoplanet Mission\n \nSPEAKER: Dennis M. Conti\, Chair\, AAVSO Exoplan et Section\n \nAs the next step in our discovery of exoplanets\, TESS (Tra nsiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) was launched on April 18\, 2018. TESS is a follow-on to the very successful Kepler space telescope\, which itsel f has discovered over 3\,000 exoplanets. However\, unlike the small patch of sky that Kepler focused on\, TESS will be conducting an all-sky survey of nearby stars.\n \nFollow-up observations by amateur astronomers will be an important part of the TESS pipeline to help distinguish true exoplanet transits from false positives\, as well as to help refine their ephemerid es.\n \nThis talk will describe how amateur astronomers can participate in the TESS exoplanet mission and thereby help advance our knowledge of thes e distant worlds.\n \nDennis Conti earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Co mputer Science from Purdue University. After retiring from a career in tel ecommunications with Hughes Network Systems\, Dennis became an avid deep s ky and planetary imager. He then moved on to the detection of exoplanets a nd currently is Chair of AAVSO’s Exoplanet Section. Dennis has led a col laboration of amateur astronomers around the globe who provided ground-bas ed observations in support of a Hubble science team’s study of some 15 e xoplanets. In addition\, Dennis is a member of the TESS and KELT exoplanet follow-up teams\, is author of “A Practical Guide to Exoplanet Observin g” (see www.astrodennis.com)\, has spoken at various amateur astronomy c lubs on the subject\, has published articles in Astronomy and Discover mag azines\, and has conducted workshops and online courses on exoplanet obser ving.\n \nDennis lives in Annapolis\, MD and from his permanent\, peer-mou nted telescope he is able to conduct exoplanet observations even in modera tely light-polluted skies.\n DTEND;TZID="Eastern Standard Time":20180817T150000 DTSTAMP:20180717T203713Z DTSTART;TZID="Eastern Standard Time":20180817T140000 LAST-MODIFIED:20180717T203713Z LOCATION:Building 200-E100 Auditorium PRIORITY:5 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY;LANGUAGE=en-us:Colloquium - Dennis Conti - Chair\, AAVSO Exoplanet Section TRANSP:OPAQUE UID:040000008200E00074C5B7101A82E00800000000F0B9ED6EB01DD401000000000000000 01000000007C4AF9AC6AFD24FB1C62D2B2F6C408E X-ALT-DESC;FMTTYPE=text/html:< !--[if gte mso 9]>\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\ n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n< w:LsdException Locked="false" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name ="Message Header"/>\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n \n\n\n\n\n\n

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TOPIC:< b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>  Amate ur Astronomer Participation in the TESS Exoplanet Mission

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< b>SPEAKER:   Dennis M. Conti\, Chair\, AAVSO Exoplanet Section

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As the next step in our discovery of exoplanets\, TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite ) was launched on April 18\, 2018. TESS is a follow-on to the very success ful Kepler space telescope\, which itself has discovered over 3\,000 exopl anets. However\, unlike the small patch of sky that Kepler focused on\, TE SS will be conducting an all-sky survey of nearby stars.

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Follow-up observations by amateur astronomers will be an important part of the TESS pipeline to h elp distinguish true exoplanet transits from false positives\, as well as to help refine their ephemerides.

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This talk will describe how amateur astronomer s can participate in the TESS exoplanet mission and thereby help advance o ur knowledge of these distant worlds.

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Den nis Conti earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Purd ue University. After retiring from a career in telecommunications with Hug hes Network Systems\, Dennis became an avid deep sky and planetary imager. He then moved on to the detection of exoplanets and currently is Chair of AAVSO’\;s Exoplanet Section. Dennis has led a collaboration of amate ur astronomers around the globe who provided ground-based observations in support of a Hubble science team’\;s study of some 15 exoplanets. In addition\, Dennis is a member of the TESS and KELT exoplanet follow-up tea ms\, is author of “\;A Practical Guide to Exoplanet Observing”\; (see www.astrodennis.com)\, has spoken at various amateur astronomy clubs on the subject\, has published articles in Astronomy and Discover magazin es\, and has conducted workshops and online courses on exoplanet observing .

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Denn is lives in Annapolis\, MD and from his permanent\, peer-mounted telescope he is able to conduct exoplanet observations even in moderately light-pol luted skies.

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