Find New Planets in the Next Phase for EVE Online Project Discovery

By Jeff Francis
EVE Online Project Discovery: Exoplanets

EVE Online is definitely one of the crunchier sci-fi mmo games on the market today, with some people referring to it as a spreadsheet-in-space. However, this is one of the reasons why it has attracted such a devoted following over the years and is still standing strong as a subscription-based game. Now the considerable resources of the players' brains are set to be used to help real world astronomers. The next phase of the EVE Online Project Discovery is called Exoplanets and is set to begin next week.

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In this next part of EVE Online Project Discovery, players will be tasked with analyzing real-world astronomical data from the CoRoT telescope that was launched back in 2006 to help with its mission to discover extrasolar planets, or exoplanets. In a blog post, the developers note, ”Pilots will be presented with light curves that belong to any one of the 160,000 stars that the CoRoT telescope is monitoring, and will be tasked with identifying transitional planets – planets that are passing between the star and Earth – by highlight drops in the star’s luminosity.

To do this, pilots will be equipped with in game tools to filter out variations in the star’s luminosity that do not resemble transiting events, as well as a tool to confirm that these transits are regular and periodic. When our pilots have reached a consensus, the data will be transmitted to scientists from the University of Geneva, who will then study the results and confirm your finding."

The next phase of Project Discovery is a partnership between CCP Games, MMOS, Reykjavík University and University of Geneva. The project is led by Professor Michel Mayor, who, together with Didier Queloz in 1995, discovered 51 Pegasi b – the first exoplanet orbiting a main sequence star. So far, the mission has discovered a total of 37 exoplanets, and now mmo players can help discover more.

Players will earn points for each analysis of a light curve that's completed, and bonus points will be awarded for how accurate the player's analysis is. The points will level the player up in the Project Discovery campaign, and a reward in the form of an exclusive Project Discovery SKIN for a randomly selected hull will be given at every level. Additional rewards will be given out at specific levels (10, 25, 50, 75, etc.). You can read the full blog post on the EVE Online Project Discovery: Exoplanets here, which begins on July 11th.


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