The Search for Other Earths

Syllabus and Recommended Reading

Class 1: Introduction
Class 2: Stars
Class 3: Finding Exoplanets
Class 4: Finding Exoplanets Part 2
Class 5: Kepler: A Plethora of Planets
Class 6: What's Out There


Interesting Links

The Kepler website - pretty much everything you could want, from pretty pictures to technical papers
Help find planets in Kepler data at Planethunters!
The NASA Exoplanet Archive, where details of exoplanet discoveries (including Kepler) can be found
The Kepler Data Archive, where the basic Kepler pixel data is stored
Exoplanets.org, another exoplanet results archive.  Somewhat friendlier to the non-technical user.
The Habitable Zone Gallery, showing where confirmed exoplanets are relative to their habitable zones
Exoplanets Explained, a very nice video summarizing exoplanet discoveries
A wonderful visualization of Kepler's confirmed planets at the New York Times


If you want to get technical

Go to the search page at archiv.org and type "Kepler" in the abstract to see papers written by astronomers from around the world using Kepler data.  Arxiv.org is where astronomers, physicists and mathematicians publish pretty much everything these days, usually before it appears in the peer-reviewed journals. 

Particularly interesting papers:
Estimates of how many planets there are per star from Kepler data: http://arxiv.org/abs/1103.2541, http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.0842, http://arxiv.org/abs/1304.0460, http://arxiv.org/abs/1303.2649
The current state-of-the-art theory of habitable zone location: http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.6674
My big false-positive techniques paper is at http://arxiv.org/abs/1303.0052