The Habitable Exoplanet Hunting Project

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The Habitable Exoplanet Hunting Project is a worldwide network of amateur astronomers searching for new potentially habitable exoplanets. The project is coordinating over 20 observatories located in 5 continents.

They are searching for habitable exoplanets around non-flare G, K and M-type stars located within 100 ly.

The stars being monitored already have known transiting exoplanets, but none of them are potentially habitable.

This project is monitoring each star 24/7 for several months. By doing so, they believe that the chances of finding an exoplanet increase for particular targets. Moreover, they are focusing on stars closer than 100 light years because, on the one hand, the closest habitable exoplanets will be the first destinations of interstellar missions and, on the other, because very few nearby habitable exoplanets around G and K-type stars have been discovered: only 2 of them.

The number of potentially habitable exoplanets that could be discovered is, in theory, around 25. This calculation was obtained by taking into account the number of non-flare stars within 100 light years and the percentage of them that should show transits in the habitable zone.

Each observatory observes the same star and, when the transit of a hypothetical habitable exoplanet becomes unlikely, we move to another star.

Within 100 light years, we only found 10 non-flare G, K and M-type stars with known transiting exoplanets not potentially habitable.

Big telescopes are not necessary, but CCD cameras with a resolution of at least 16 bits are advisable because we are searching for exoplanets that produce a change of brightness in the star of around 0.1%.

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