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Disk Detective: Discovery of New Circumstellar Disk Candidates Through Citizen ScienceThe Disk Detective citizen science project aims to find new stars with 22 micron excess emission from circumstellar dust using data from NASAs Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. Initial cuts on the AllWISE catalog provide an input catalog of 277,686 sources. Volunteers then view images of each source online in 10different bands to identify false positives (galaxies, interstellar matter, image artifacts, etc.). Sources that survive this online vetting are followed up with spectroscopy on the FLWO Tillinghast telescope. This approach should allow us to unleash the full potential of WISE for finding new debris disks and proto planetary disks. We announce a first list of 37 new disk candidates discovered by the project, and we describe our vetting and follow-up process. One of these systems appears to contain the first debris disk discovered around a star with a white dwarf companion: HD 74389. We also report four newly discovered classical Be stars (HD 6612, HD 7406, HD 164137,and HD 218546) and a new detection of 22 micron excess around the previously known debris disk host star HD 22128.
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Kuchner, Marc J.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Silverberg, Steven M.
(Oklahoma Univ. Norman, OK, United States)
Bans, Alissa S.
(Valparaiso Univ. IN, United States)
Bhattacharjee, Shambo
(International Space Univ., Inc. Toulouse, France)
Kenyon, Scott J.
(Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Cambridge, MA, United States)
Debes, John H.
(Space Telescope Science Inst. Baltimore, MD, United States)
Currie, Thayne
(National Astronomical Observatory Hilo, HI, United States)
Garcia, Luciano
(Universidad Nacional de Cordoba Argentina)
Jung, Dawoon
(Korea Aerospace Research Inst. Daejeon, Korea, Republic of)
Lintott, Chris
(Oxford Univ. Oxford, United Kingdom)
Mcelwain, Michael
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Padgett, Deborah L.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Rebull, Luisa M.
(California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Wisniewski, John P.
(Oklahoma Univ. Norman, OK, United States)
Nesvold, Erika
(Carnegie Institution of Washington Washington, DC, United States)
Schawinski, Kevin
(Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich, Switzerland)
Thaller, Michelle L.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Grady, Carol A.
(Eureka Scientific, Inc. Laurel, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
April 11, 2017
Publication Date
October 14, 2016
Publication Information
Publication: The Astrophysical Journal
Volume: 830
Issue: 2
ISSN: 0004-637X
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NASAs Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission

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