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There is a program called Planet Hunters, where you can go online and look for patterns in data that might be made by an orbiting planet. If a lot of people all mark the same pattern for a certain star, it is submitted for further investigation as a candidate planet.

If it later turns out to be a planet, it is written about in some journal and they will include your name as one of the people who found it. It's really easy and can be quite addictive, especially when you find one that turns out to be a possible candidate planet.

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But while computers are terrific at high-volume data-processing, nothing beats the human eye for pattern-recognition - which is why a project dreamed up by Yale University astronomer Debra Fischer, a veteran planet hunter and Kepler project scientist, has turned out to be so extraordinarily useful. Called Planethunters.org, it lets ordinary folks with no scientific training at all help find planets the Kepler software has missed. It works so well that in just a few short months of operation, the more than 22,000 visitors to the website have found nearly 50 potential planets, which are being sent on to Kepler headquarters at the NASA Ames Research Center in California for followup....
http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/2011041...08599206504900

Here is the actual site you can sign up on to help look at data. http://www.planethunters.org/
 
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