Sara Gettel

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Recent analyses of data from the NASA Kepler spacecraft have established that planets with radii within 25 per cent of the Earth's (R Earth symbol) are commonplace throughout the Galaxy, orbiting at least 16.5 per cent of Sun-like stars. Because these studies were sensitive to the sizes of the planets but not their masses, the question remains whether these(More)
In this work I present a description of a large new sample of contact binary stars extracted in a uniform manner from sky patrol data taken by the ROTSE-I telescope. Extensive ROTSE-I light curve data is combined with J, H, and K band near-infrared data taken from the Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS) to add color information. Contact binaries candidates(More)
Kepler-454 (KOI-273) is a relatively bright (V = 11.69 mag), Sun-like star that hosts a transiting planet candidate in a 10.6 day orbit. From spectroscopy, we estimate the stellar temperature to be 5687±50 K, its metallicity to be [m/H] = 0.32±0.08, and the projected rotational velocity to be v sin i<2.4 km s. We combine these values with a study of(More)
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