Jun 11, 2013 at 02:33PM EDT
I use compiled data to determine how stars orbit their barycenter, how their light is shifted as they revolve and rotate, and use that to determine what mass balances their own to cause such an orbit before comparing it with confirmed/theorized models to determine result ranges.
Basically, I look for tiny hints of planetary/dwarf activity in star systems. Most of my work is determining just how accurate observation methods and results are so far, while submitting results for further examination. It’s one of the alternatives to the transit method that systems like Kepler were designed to do.
It’s never too late to get into astronomy. I hardly knew anything about it ten years ago, and that’s certainly changed now.
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