Strange Loop

PANOPTES: Open Source Exoplanet Discovery

Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars other than our sun. Until recently, exoplanet research has been the domain of professional scientists and large observatories. PANOPTES brings exoplanet science to students and amateurs. It combines cloud computing with low-cost, off-the-shelf electronics and open source software to build a geographically distributed array of robotic telescopes. In this session we'll explain how open source comes together with cloud computing to discover planets. We'll show you what PANOPTES is made of, how it observes the sky, and how it turns raw data into candidate planets.

Jen Tong

Jen Tong


Jen is a Security Advocate on Google Cloud Platform. In this role she helps developers and IT professionals stay out of trouble while getting the most out of cloud computing. If she's away from her laptop, she's probably skating around a roller derby track, or hanging from aerial silk.