Searching for Big Planets Around Small Stars

The most common type of stars in the Galaxy are the faint and red M dwarfs. While we are now finding thousands of planets around these types of stars, massive Jupiter-type planets continue to be rare. During the project, Mick will analyze data from NASA's TESS mission as well as ground-based telescopes to search for transiting giant planets and measure their size and masses. This project includes Python coding skills, data analysis and visualization, and could lead to co-authorship on a peer-reviewed scientific publication.