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poster of Kepler-186f
Where the Grass is Always Redder on the Other Side

Kepler-186f is the first Earth-size planet discovered in the potentially 'habitable zone' around another star, where liquid water could exist on the planet's surface. Its star is much cooler and redder than our Sun. If plant life does exist on a planet like Kepler-186f, its photosynthesis could have been influenced by the star's red-wavelength photons, making for a color palette that's very different than the greens on Earth. This discovery was made by Kepler, NASA's planet hunting telescope. Source: PlanetQuest, December 30, 2014. [Click image to get high resolution version.]
poster of super-Earth HD 40307g
Experience the Gravity
of a Super Earth

Super-Earths are larger than Earth, but smaller than giant planets, mostly between 1.25 and 2 times the diameter of Earth. Strangely, although the Kepler has found super-Earths to be some of the most common planets, there are no super-Earths in our own Solar System. HD 40307g is about 2.4 times Earth's radius. We aren't sure if it has a rocky surface or one that's buried beneath thick layers of gas and ice. At eight time the Earth's mass, its gravitational pull is much, much stronger. Source: PlanetQuest, December 30, 2014. [Click image to get high resolution version.]
poster of Kepler-16b
Relax on Kepler-16b - Where your shadow always has company

Like Luke Skywalker's planet "Tatooine" in Star Wars, Kepler-16b orbits a pair of stars. Depicted here as a terrestrial planet, Kepler-16b might also be a gas giant like Saturn. Prospects for life on this unusual world aren't good, as it has a temperature similar to that of dry ice. But the discovery indicates that the movie's iconic double-sunset is anything but science fiction. Source: PlanetQuest, December 15, 2014. [Click image to get high resolution version.]
Kepler Candidates/Transit of Venus Poster (2012 Feb 7; front updated 2013 Jan 7)
This is a graphic of 2,326 stars which have candidate planets in transit. The planets are small black disks against the bright disk of each star. Poster front
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2,326 Kepler Mission Planet Candidates, a Family Portrait. It is the front of a poster of the Kepler Mission Planet Candidates as of 2011 Dec 5.
Credit: NASA Ames/Jason Rowe/Wendy Stenzel.
See also: version without text
Kepler and Venus Transit poster back
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This is the back of the Kepler Mission Planet Candidates poster that is designed for use in conjunction with the Transit of Venus of 2012 June 6.
Credit: NASA Ames/Wendy Stenzel & Edna DeVore

Using the prolific planet hunting Kepler spacecraft, astronomers have discovered 2,740 planet candidates orbiting other suns since the Kepler mission's search for Earth-like worlds began in 2009. To find them, Kepler monitors a rich star field to identify planetary transits by the slight dimming of starlight caused by a planet crossing the face of its parent star. In this remarkable illustration (above left) created by Jason Rowe of NASA's Kepler Science Team, all of Kepler's planet candidates are shown in transit with their parent stars ordered by size from top left to bottom right. Simulated stellar disks and the silhouettes of transiting planets are all shown at the same relative scale, with saturated star colors. Of course, some stars show more than one planet in transit, but you may have to examine the picture at high resolution to spot them all. For reference, the Sun is shown at the same scale, by itself below the top row on the right. In silhouette against the Sun's disk, both Jupiter and Earth are in transit.

Bookmark (PDF, 517 KB)
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Bookmark (PDF; 517K)
Lithograph (general) (PDF, 682 KB)
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Lithograph (general; PDF; 682K)
Field of View Lithograph (PDF, 565 KB)
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Field of view lithograph (PDF; 565K)
Fact Sheet (PDF, 350 KB)
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Fact sheet (PDF; 350K)

Kepler poster front
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Kepler poster back
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Individual panels of poster back:
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4-5 (PDF, 955 KB)
6-7 (PDF, 426 KB)
8-9 (PDF, 726 KB)