Science Focus Podcast: Project Discovery and its search for exoplanets

Project Discovery and its search for exoplanets

We talk to Bergur Finnbogason, Development Manager for Project Discovery, which uses players of the Massively Multiplayer Online game EVE Online to help search for exoplanets.

In today’s episode, we’re looking for exoplanets circling neighbouring suns, but instead of pointing our telescopes to the sky, we’re entering the world of the massively multiplayer online space-faring game Eve Online.

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Sciencefocus.com editor Alexander McNamara speaks to Bergur Finnbogason, Development Manager for Project Discovery, which taps into this vast gaming community to gather data, what makes gamers so good at searching for exoplanets, and how soon before we discover a new planet using computer games.

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EVE Online players use this in-game Project Discovery interface to help astronomers search for exoplanets
EVE Online players use this in-game Project Discovery interface to help astronomers search for exoplanets

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