SuperWASP Blog

Our new website and VeSPA

08 September 2021, by Adam McMaster in Variable Stars

We’ve recently launched the new superwasp.org website and today we’ve added this blog to it. Look out for regular updates on what we’re working on and how the project is going!

The new website includes a new feature called VeSPA: The Variable Star Photometry Archive containing all the results from the project so far. You can browse the results here.

We hope you’ll find VeSPA interesting and that you’ll enjoy seeing the results of all of your hard work. It wouldn’t have been possible for us to publish these results without the efforts that you have put into the project, so thank you! The classifications you submit are really important to helping us better understand variable stars, and we’ll be keeping VeSPA updated with new results as we receive more classifications.

This is only the beginning. We are planning more features and enhancements in the coming months, so look out for more updates from us soon! In the meantime please do keep classifying either via the Zooniverse website or the mobile app.

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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.