Planet Hunters is a browser-based online platform that asks participants to help astrologers find evidence of exoplanets, or planets located outside our Solar system, using data being transmitted by NASA’s orbiting Kepler Space Telescope.

In our research for PSFK’s Future Of Gaming report, we noticed a growing tendency towards games being used To Solve The Unsolvable.. One example of this trend is Planet Hunters– a browser-based online platform that asks participants to help astrologers find evidence of exoplanets, or planets located outside our Solar system, using data being transmitted by NASA’s orbiting Kepler Space Telescope. Created in collaboration with Zooniverse, a collection of web-based citizen science projects supported by over 400,000 registered users, the platform tasks participants with helping note brief dips in the brightness of stars which occur when a planet passes in front of it, potentially indicating the discovery of a new planet. Participants are rewarded by being named in the discovery paper and have already helped discover two potential exoplanets.

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