Team

The KELT project is overseen by a collaboration of scientists, including graduate students, professors, staff scientists, and postdocs. The project leaders are Joshua Pepper, Scott Gaudi, and Keivan Stassun. The team manages the two KELT telescopes, acquires and analyzes the images, searches for transit signals in the data, and organizes the follow-up effort and and confirmation of the discovered planets. The full science team is listed below.

The process of confirming the KELT planets involves both the KELT science team, and a large collaboration of observers all across the world who observe and verify the KELT transit candidates. That team is the KELT Follow-Up Network (KFUN), and is described here.

Thomas G. Beatty

The University of Arizona

Karen Collins

Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian

Knicole Colón

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Jason D. Eastman

Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian

B. Scott Gaudi

The Ohio State University

David James

Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian

Marshall C. Johnson

The Ohio State University

Rudi Kuhn

South African Astronomical Observatory

Jonathan Labadie-Bartz

University of Delaware

Mike Lund

Vanderbilt University

Ryan Oelkers

Vanderbilt University

Matthew Penny

The Ohio State University

Joshua Pepper

Lehigh University

Joey Rodriguez

Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian

Robert J. Siverd

LCOGT

Keivan Stassun

Vanderbilt University

Daniel J. Stevens

Penn State University

George Zhou

Center for Astrophysics Harvard & Smithsonian

News

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New 'hot Jupiter' with short orbital period discovered

Jul 12

(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of a new "hot Jupiter" exoplanet with a short orbital period of just three and a half days. The newly detected giant planet, designated KELT-20b, circles a rapidly rotating star known as HD 185603 (or KELT-20). The finding was presented in a paper published July 5 on arXiv.org.

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Mysterious Stellar Eclipse Point To A Giant Ringed Gas Planet Surrounded By A Ring Of Dust

Jun 07

Scientists have discovered a giant ringed gas planet which is likely caused by a mysterious stellar eclipse. The planet has 50 times mass of Jupiter and it is surrounded by a ring of dust. According to researchers from the University of Warwick, this planet is hurtling around a star more than 1000 light years away from Earth.

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New 'hellish,' hot planet rivals most stars

Jun 06

Researchers recently discovered a strange, scorching-hot planet that is only slightly cooler than our sun.

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Major KELT-South Planet discovery

Apr 13

KELT-11b is the latest discovery from KELT-South. It is extraordinarily inflated, with a mass one fifth that of Jupiter but a size almost 40% larger, so the bulkdensity is below 0.1 grams per cc.

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