Date of Award

Winter 12-17-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science - Natural Sciences


College of Science and Mathematics

First Advisor

Dr. Dan Bruton

Second Advisor

Dr. Harry Downing

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Friedfeld

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Norman Markworth

Fifth Advisor

Dr. Wesley Brown


The purpose of this research was to perform the procedures to study transiting exoplanets in their entirety, from the data collection process to determining physical characteristics and orbital properties. The research was conducted with two telescopes of different sizes (16” and 12”) at multiple sites in order to refine the detection process. Both Maxim DL and Mira Pro x64 software were used to process the resulting images. The PHOEBE program was used to model the data to determine the properties of the exoplanets, which were then compared to the results obtained by other astronomers. The data collection process as well as the modeling successfully yielded results that were in agreement with the comparison values.

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