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Aldrich member Kevin Boucher completes 6 week AAVSO Exoplanet course

Kevin Boucher with his AAVSO Exoplanet Certificate

Aldrich member Kevin Boucher recently completed a 6 week AAVSO course which provided him with the basics of how to conduct his own exoplanet observations. With the flood of targets coming in from the currently running TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) mission, this course offering was especially timely as Kevin hopes to get accepted into the TFOP program and use his new found skills.

The first half of the course covered the fundamentals of high precision photometry, as well as the various phases of an exoplanet observation. The second half reviewed the use of AstroImageJ (AIJ) for image reduction and exoplanet transit modeling.

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