EVE Online: Project Discovery — Exoplanets
Advance the search for extraterrestrial life and our knowledge of the universe by helping scientists discover exoplanets from within the virtual world of EVE Online
Exoplanets are planets that orbit other stars and there are countless undiscovered ones in the universe.
Since the discovery of the first exoplanet in 1988, there has been just 1771 confirmed discoveries. There are all sorts of exoplanets among those discovered: some are full of water, some are made of diamonds and some are Earth-sized and within the “Goldilocks zone” (meaning it has the right conditions to contain liquid water). These discoveries have taken scientists several years of analyzing data from telescopes.
However, there are still years of data left to be studied.
In collaboration with the University of Geneva, EVE Online has launched a new mini-game called “Project Discovery — Exoplanets” where EVE players can help scientists discover exoplanets.
EVE players will use transit photometry to find these planets. Transit photometry is one of the most promising methods of finding exoplanets.
The findings will be monitored by a team of astronomers at Geneva University, led by Professor Michel Mayor, who will confirm whether or not the players have identified a new world.
About EVE Online
EVE Online is a space-based, persistent world massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
About Project Discovery
This is not the first Project Discovery mini-game that EVE Online has launched. Last year, players helped expand the Human Protein Atlas by categorizing millions of proteins, which are in fact, more difficult to study than DNA. A month and a half of EVE players’ time amounted to 163 Swedish working years and almost eight million classifications.
How you can contribute
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