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 Nora Eisner

DPhil Student

My research focuses on citizen-powered exoplanet discoveries using TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) data via Planet Hunters TESS. As the leader of this exciting project I collate the returns from the citizen science campaigns, analyse them, and following up on the most promising detections. The analysis of the extremely large time-series data sets has a strong emphasis on applying various statistical processes, as well as using machine learning, both up- and downstream of the citizen participation.


Before starting my degree in Oxford I gained my MPhys Physics and Astrophysics with year of international study degree from the University of Sheffield, with a year spent studying at the University of Maryland, USA. My research at the University of Maryland focused on determining and analysing the rotational state and composition of comets in the inner solar system, whilst my masters thesis looked at the implications of double-peaked emission lines found in the spectra of nearby galaxies.


The recently launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is providing us with a huge amount of data that lets us look for planets outside of our own Solar System. With the help of citizen science we are able to find the most complex, the most unusual and the most exciting planetary systems in our Galaxy!

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