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Your donation will advance exolife finding technology. You'll be rewarded with ExoCube, a 3D glass map of potentially habitable worlds.
Your donation will advance exolife finding technology. You'll be rewarded with ExoCube, a 3D glass map of potentially habitable worlds.
Your donation will advance exolife finding technology. You'll be rewarded with ExoCube, a 3D glass map of potentially habitable worlds.
249 backers pledged $45,864 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

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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.

Exoplanets within 4 - 15 light years of Earth
Exoplanets within 4 - 15 light years of Earth

 

Exoplanets within 16 - 25 light years of Earth
Exoplanets within 16 - 25 light years of Earth

 

Exoplanets within 28 - 31 light years of Earth. Plus TRAPPIST-1f!
Exoplanets within 28 - 31 light years of Earth. Plus TRAPPIST-1f!
Exoplanets within 33 - 40 light years of Earth.
Exoplanets within 33 - 40 light years of Earth.

 

Exoplanets within 44 - 50 light years of Earth.
Exoplanets within 44 - 50 light years of Earth.

 

 

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. 

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Exo-Mini Trio

We've been getting a lot of requests to make a 3-pack of Exo-Mini's, so here it is! Exo-Mini Trio is a combination of any 3 Exo-Mini's. To get a set for yourself just select the Exo-Mini Trio reward. You will be able to select the specific exoplanets and mineral types in a survey after the campaign is successfully funded.
Combine any 3 Exo-Mini's to make a Exo-Mini Trio!
Combine any 3 Exo-Mini's to make a Exo-Mini Trio!

 

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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.

 

The PLANETS telescope will be the world’s largest off-axis telescope (1.85 m) for night-time astrophysics and planetary science.
The PLANETS telescope will be the world’s largest off-axis telescope (1.85 m) for night-time astrophysics and planetary science.

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

Join Dr. Pete Worden, Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina and Dr. Jeff Kuhn as they discuss interesting existential questions as well as some of the most likely places we might find life in the Universe. Recorded on April 27, 2017.

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.

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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 
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.

 

HNu Photonics
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.

 

1.5m aperture solar GREGOR telescope located at the base of Mount Teide, Tenerife, Spain
1.5m aperture solar GREGOR telescope located at the base of Mount Teide, Tenerife, Spain

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.
 

 

 

Tohoku University
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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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    A Galactic Thank You!

    Pledge $25 and receive an a PLANETS Foundation commemorative coffee mug.

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    PLANETS Foundation T-Shirt

    Pledge $35 to show your support in style with a PLANETS Foundation t-shirt. Choose from a wide range of shirt colors and sizes.

    Available sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL, LT, XLT, 2XT, 3XT, 4XT

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    Exo-Mini

    Pledge $75 and receive an Exo-Mini.

    Exo-Mini's are hand-crafted genuine mineral spheres that represent potentially habitable exoplanets within 50 light years of Earth.

    *The full list of available Exo-Mini options will be released in the coming weeks.

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    ExoCube (without mineral sphere)

    Pledge $110 and receive an ExoCube without a mineral sphere.

    ExoCube is a 3D laser engraved crystal glass cube featuring 25 potentially habitable exoplanets within 50 light years of Earth.

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    ExoCube Alpha (Early Bird)

    Pledge $140 and receive an ExoCube from the Alpha Collection.

    Choose from:
    • Proxima b (lapis lazuli)
    • Tau Ceti e (chevron banded amethyst)
    • Kapteyn b (green jade)
    • Wolf 1061 c (labradorite)
    • Gliese 876 d (amethyst)

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    ExoCube Beta (Early Bird)

    Pledge $145 and receive a limited edition ExoCube from the Beta Collection.

    Choose from:
    • Gliese 832 c (green aventurine)
    • Gliese 581 c (celestite)
    • HD 219134 b (white howlite)
    • Gliese 667 Cc (citrine)
    • Dagon (grey agate)

    When you select this Exocube reward tier, you will be able to select the specific Exocube version in a survey after the campaign is successfully funded.

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    ExoCube Alpha

    Pledge $150 and receive a limited edition ExoCube from the Alpha Collection.

    Choose from:
    • Proxima b (lapis lazuli)
    • Tau Ceti e (chevron banded amethyst)
    • Kapteyn b (green jade)
    • Wolf 1061 c (labradorite)
    • Gliese 876 d (amethyst)

    When you select this Exocube reward tier, you will be able to select the specific Exocube design in a survey after the campaign is successfully funded. Simply choose the collection tier your design is in to secure your Exocube.

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    ExoCube Gamma

    Pledge $150 and receive a limited edition ExoCube from the Gamma Collection.

    Choose from:
    • 61 Virginis b (red aventurine)
    • HD 192310 b (ruby zoisite)
    • Gliese 176 b (clear quartz)
    • Gliese 436 b (Madagascar agate)
    • TRAPPIST-1f (tourmalated quartz)

    When you select this Exocube reward tier, you will be able to select the specific Exocube design in a survey after the campaign is successfully funded.

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    ExoCube Delta

    Pledge $150 and receive a limited edition ExoCube from the Delta Collection.

    Choose from:
    • Thestias (red jasper)
    • 54 Piscium b (smokey quartz)
    • HD 85512 b (blooded stone)
    • Gliese 180 b (sodalite)
    • Janssen (crinoid jasper)

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    ExoCube Epsilon

    Pledge $150 and receive a limited edition ExoCube from the Epsilon Collection.

    Choose from:
    • Majriti (black obsidian)
    • Tadmor (tiger eye)
    • Taphao Thong (white jade)
    • Quijote (rose quartz)
    • Dimidium (carnelian)

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    ExoCube-LED

    Pledge $160 and receive a limited edition ExoCube-LED.

    The ExoCube-LED is similar to the standard ExoCube but comes with a beautiful LED base that cycles through a range of colors.

    When you select this ExoCube-LED reward tier, you will be able to select the specific version in a survey after the campaign is successfully funded.

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    Exo-Mini Trio

    Pledge $210 and receive a limited edition Exo-Mini Trio.

    Exo-Mini Trio is a combination of any 3 Exo-Mini's.

    You will be able to select the specific exoplanets and mineral types in a survey after the campaign is successfully funded.

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    PLANETS Telescope Platinum Sponsor

    Pledge $1,000 and become an official platinum sponsor of the PLANETS Telescope.

    You'll be invited to the dedication in Hawaii and be acknowledged in each edition of our PLANETS bulletins.

    Your generous donation will go directly to the development and construction of the PLANETS Telescope.

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    PLANETS Telescope Benefactor

    Pledge $1,300 and become a PLANETS Telescope Benefactor.

    The PLANETS Telescope Benefactor is a special reward for those wanting to give a significant contribution to the PLANETS Telescope. You'll be memorialized forever by having your name engraved on the PLANETS telescope as well as receive a limited ExoCube-LED of your choice.

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    Exo-Mini Complete Set of 25

    Pledge $1,750 and receive a limited edition Exo-Mini Complete Set of 25.

    The Exo-Mini Complete Set is all 25 Exo-Mini’s plus a bonus ExoCube-LED. This limited edition set is the perfect way to show your support to finding life on nearby Exoplanets.

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    PLANETS Telescope Ambassador

    Pledge $10,000 and become an official ambassador of the PLANETS Telescope.

    You'll be memorialized with your name on a plaque on the telescope, invited to the dedication in Hawaii and be acknowledged in each edition of our PLANETS bulletins.

    Your generous donation will go directly to the development and construction of the PLANETS Telescope.

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