The Roman Space Telescope Exoplanet Imaging

Data Challenge

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Roman Space Telescope (formally WFIRST) Exoplanet Imaging Data Challenge

The 2019-2020 Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (Roman) Exoplanet Imaging Data Challenge is for exoplanet scientists who are interested in learning the art and science of high contrast imaging of exoplanetary systems. Roman's Coronagraph Instrument (CGI), with a possible Starshade, is the only exoplanet imaging instrument planned for flight in the next decade. The Data Challenge is an excellent way to become familiar with the intricacies of the first spaceborne high contrast exoplanet imaging mission, as a pathfinder to future flagship missions.

The DATA CHALLENGE is OPEN, see our Timeline, play with the Data, check our Tutorial! Due to the #COVID-19 situation the final deadline has been extended to June 20th (8 months in total).

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Photos by Emily Tan at NYC's Flatiron Institute and Maths for America (Oct 2019)

The official 2019 Data Challenge opened on October 20 2019 and closed on June 20th 2020. Submissions were done in 4 steps, asking specific questions and allowing for discussion of findings. Judging of the submissions will be done by a panel of reviewers assembled from the Turnbull Science Investigation Team (SIT) and the wider exoplanet community. Winning participant(s) will be funded to present their results and methods at a major exoplanet conference in 2020. After the deadline, all participants/teams are encouraged to publish their results.

The scope is to reveal a fictitious exoplanetary system around the nearby solar-type star 47 UMa:

You can no longer register to the 2019-2020 but feel free to check the tutorial & data!