Whole Earth Telescope
Research Unit Profile
The Whole Earth Telescope (WET) is a collaboration of astronomers who observe variable stars (white dwarfs and Delta Scuti stars) and cataclysmic variables Typically twice a year, the researchers coordinate a global time-series photometry campaign at ~10 observatories worldwide such that the target objects are visible from the night side of the planet 24 hours a day. The objects have characteristic periods ranging from minutes to roughly an hour. The network is run interactively from HQ and they analyze the data in near-real-time. The temporal spectrum they obtain allows them to probe the interiors of the target objects using the technique of asteroseismology.
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