The Kuiper belt, located beyond the orbit of Neptune, is a leftover from the epoch of planet formation. Kuiper belt objects contain a pristine record of the initial conditions that existed in our solar nebula some 4.6 Gy ago. Besides, their physical nature, distribution, formation and evolution are fundamental in understanding how the solar system formed and evolved. This project consist in identifying active objects and binaries in the Kuiper belt through high precision photometry. Some elementary background in Python programming is beneficial.
Dr Michael Marsset: email