AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

AAVSO Contributions to Year 1 of TESS (Abstract)

Volume 48 number 1 (2020)

Dennis Conti
141 E. Bay View Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403; dennis_conti@hotmail.com

Abstract

(Abstract only) During the first year of TESS, the AAVSO has materially contributed to the success of the ground-based observations that were needed to detect false positives, as well as help confirm candidate exoplanets. This talk will review these contributions, which have included: training and qualification of members to formally participate in the TESS Follow-up Program (TFOP), the development of software tools to help the TFOP members determine if any nearby eclipsing binaries (NEBs) were the cause of false detections, the development of best practices, and the development of the guidelines used by TFOP members to submit their observations.