About this project
The ExoCube-LED is similar to the standard ExoCube but comes with a beautiful LED base that cycles through a range of colors making it perfect for the TRAPPIST-1f or Gliese 176 b versions.
ExoCube - LED comes with your choice of 1 of 25 mineral spheres. When you select this the ExoCube - LED reward tier, you will be able to select the specific mineral sphere you'd like in a survey after the campaign is successfully funded.
Your donation will go directly to research and technology development to find and characterize life on nearby exoplanets featured inside this beautiful ExoCube. ExoCubes are 3D laser engraved glass maps of potentially habitable exoplanets within 50 light years of Earth. They make the perfect gift for a space enthusiast, future astronaut, astronomer or anyone interested in finding life in the Universe. Each ExoCube comes with a mineral sphere.
When you select the Exocube reward, you will be able to select the specific Exocube version in a survey after the campaign is successfully funded.
Exo-Mini's are hand-crafted genuine mineral spheres that represent potentially habitable exoplanets within 50 light years of Earth and make the perfect addition to your desk, bookshelf or mantle. Each Exo-Mini comes with a custom laser engraved hematite mineral ring display base, making it a great add-on to your existing ExoCube pledge.
When you select the Exo-Mini reward, you will be able to select the specific Exo-Mini version in a survey after the campaign is successfully funded.
PLANETS = Polarized Light from Atmospheres of Nearby ExtraTerrestrial Systems
The pathway to find life on nearby exoplanets starts with the PLANETS Telescope. Currently under construction, the PLANETS telescope will be the world’s largest off-axis telescope (1.85 meters) for night-time planetary and exoplanetary science. The telescope site is located on Haleakala, a 3,048m (10,000ft) volcano on the island of Maui, Hawaii, one of the world's best astronomical sites.
Location: Haleakala, Maui
Status: Under Construction
Expected Completion: 2019
Scheduled to be completed by 2019, the PLANETS telescope is a pathfinder project for even more sophisticated telescopes capable of finding and characterizing life on nearby exoplanets.
The PLANETS telescope is optimized to study faint environments around bright sources like:
- Exoatmospheres of terrestrial planets in the solar system
- Atmospheres and surfaces of nearby bright exoplanets
- Circumstellar environments and protoplanets in circumstellar disks
- Biosignatures on potentially habitable exoplanets (as a technology path-finder)
The PLANETS Foundation is an international team of professors, astrophysicists, engineers, entrepreneurs and scientists from 6 countries around the globe. Our members have made fundamental contributions to some of the most advanced telescopes now being built, like the Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile or the Daniel K. Inouye Telescope on Haleakala. Our team has a wealth of experience building and designing large-scale telescope facilities for planetary research.
To learn more about our team visit our about us page at www.planets.life/about-us.
Fireside Chat with Dr. Pete Worden Executive Director of Breakthrough Starshot
Surface Imaging of Proxima b and Earth-like Planets by Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina
On April 20th, 2017 Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina gives a talk at the Breakthrough Discuss conference about the research techniques and technologies needed to find life on nearby exoplanets.
Are we special? Searching for life in the Universe. | TEDx
Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina gives a TEDx talk about the search for life in the Universe.
Existential education, cosmic intelligence & the Colossus Project | TEDx
Searching for extraterrestrial civilizations with the Colossus telescope | SETI Institute Hangout
Dr. Jeff Kuhn and Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina talk with the team at SETI Institute about the Colossus Telescope in a Google Hangout. SETI participants include: Franck Marchis, Frank Drake, and Dave Summers.
We have been fortunate to partner with some of the world's most prestigious academic and technology organizations. We'd like to say thanks to all the individuals helping to make our vision a reality.
Dynamic Structures is renowned for building some of the largest and most sophisticated astronomical telescopes in the world, including the Keck Telescopes. In conjunction with their sister company (Dynamic Optics) and scientists at UNAM they led the development of an advanced mirror-polishing technology called HyDRa that has the potential to be a game-changer in the way large optical quality reflective optics are created.
Based on Maui, Hawaii, HNu Photonics is a science and technology company creating cutting-edge optical technologies for commercial, scientific and military applications. HNu is leading the charge with the HyDRa technology to demonstrate the PLANETS telescope primary mirror.
Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics (KIS)
Headquartered in Freiburg, Germany, the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics is a research institute focusing on the exploration of the Sun, stars, solar planets, and exoplanets. KIS is a founding member of the PLANETS Foundation and is major funding and technology partner to PLANETS telescope.
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) is a public research university in Mexico City, Mexico and is the largest university in Latin America. UNAM developed the early prototypes and techniques for HyDRa polishing.
State University of Ponta Grossa
Established in 1970, State University of Ponta Grossa is one of the five state universities in Paraná, Brazil. State University of Ponta Grossa is our newest institutional partner to the PLANETS Telescope and is making a significant financial contribution to the construction of the PLANETS telescope.
Located in Sendai, Miyagi Japan Tohoku University is the third oldest Imperial University in Japan and is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, and one of the top fifty universities in the world. Tohoku University is a founding member of the PLANETS Foundation and has been essential in providing funding and developing technology for the PLANETS telescope.
Universite de Lyon
The Universite de Lyon, located in Lyon and Saint-Étienne, France, is a center for higher education and research comprising 16 institutions of higher education. The team at Universite de Lyon have made significant contributions to the design of the optical technologies for the PLANETS Telescope.
A BIG THANK YOU TO:
Deep Astronomy SETI Institute, The Breakthrough Foundation
Tony Darnell, , Bill Diamond, Gabriel Dima, Scott Erickson, Charlie Fein, Dave Halliday, Pete Klupar, Riki Maeda, Guy Nelson, Isabelle Scholl, Jill Tarter, Stan Truitt, Conor Woodard, Pete Worden, Mizuki Yoneda.
Risks and challenges
The founders of ExoCube and the PLANETS Foundation have personally backed dozens of Kickstarter projects and fully understand how disappointing it can be to get a reward much after the promised ship date. We've spent 100's of hours making sure all of our supply chains are in order to handle any amount of success for this Kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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