SuperWASP Blog

Check out our new light curve viewer!

06 October 2021, by Adam McMaster in Variable Stars

VeSPA got an upgrade last week when I added a new light curve viewer to the source details page (that’s the page that shows you information about a particular object and each of the folding periods that have been classified on the Zooniverse). The new viewer has a few notable features:

  • You can now fold the data on the fly by any of the catalogue periods.
  • You can specify your own folding period. This is especially useful if none of the listed periods is quite right (for example if the listed periods are half the correct one, you can just type in the correct one and see the correctly folded plot).
  • The brightness is calculated as stellar magnitude rather than displaying the raw flux values.

Now that we have this interactive light curve viewer, it will be easy for us to add more features and options to the plots without having to re-generate hundreds of thousands of images each time. We already have a list of things we’d like to add (plus a few that have been suggested on Talk). Watch this space!


The SuperWASP project is currently funded and operated by Warwick University and Keele University, and was originally set up by Queen’s University Belfast, the Universities of Keele, St. Andrews and Leicester, the Open University, the Isaac Newton Group, the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, the South African Astronomical Observatory and by STFC.

The Zooniverse project on SuperWASP Variable Stars is led by Andrew Norton (The Open University) and builds on work he has done with his former postgraduate students Les Thomas, Stan Payne, Marcus Lohr, Paul Greer, and Heidi Thiemann, and current postgraduate student Adam McMaster.

The Zooniverse project on SuperWASP Variable Stars was developed with the help of the ASTERICS Horizon2020 project. ASTERICS is supported by the European Commission Framework Programme Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation action under grant agreement n.653477

VeSPA was designed and developed by Adam McMaster as part of his postgraduate work. This work is funded by STFC, DISCnet, and the Open University Space SRA. Server infrastructure was funded by the Open University Space SRA.