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Creates movies of Kepler/K2 asteroids based on target names.

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# characerizeTHIS

Tools to find out what we should characterize!

### Assumptions

  • Assume all planets have atmospheres (this is likely true for most planets)
  • Assume no planets have clouds or hazes (this is unlikely)
  • Assume a circular orbit (this is largely true)
  • Assume HST WFC3 for followup instrument (this is reasonable)
  • Assume 1 second exposure time with a scan rate of 0.15s (this could be improved for each target)
  • Assume HST WFC3 has no saturation limit. (This could be acheived with scanning)
  • Assume one observation is taken (this is an underestimate)
  • Assume 50 pixels of the detector are illuminated for the scan (this is reasonable)
  • Assume 5 scale heights of atmsophere (this is an approximation)
  • Assume atmosphere is purely hyrdogen (this is likely to be wrong for most small planets)
  • Assume atmosphere is entirely opaque in the WFC3 bandpass (this is an overestimate)
  • Assume starspot free (this is unlikely)
  • Where masses are unknown, assume mass-radius relation from Weiss 2014 (this is an approximation)
  • Assume 2MASS photometry is correct (this is reasonable)
  • Assume planets have no reflection, all light us absorbed

All told, this will provide an overestimate of the signal or the ‘best case’ scenario.

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