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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.
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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)


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