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Kepler Begins K2 Mission Field 1 Observing
05.30.2014
Milky Way with K2 field 1 location shown
This is a photograph of the Milky Way with the approximate locations of Kepler K2 campaign target fields, including Field 1 which the Kepler Space Telescope began observing today (2014 May 30). Credit: ESO/S. Brunier/NASA Kepler Mission/Wendy Stenzel. [Click on image to get higher resolution version.]
The Kepler K2 mission reinvigorates the high precision photometry capability of the Kepler Space Telescope, by allowing it to accurately point at target sky fields along the ecliptic (the plane of Earth's orbit). The mission was approved 2014 May 16 and began its Field 1 campaign of observing today (2014 May 30).

See also the
Kepler K2 Science site.

List of K2 news items:

01-16-2015
Three Nearly Earth-Size Planets Found Orbiting Nearby Star

12-18-2014
NASA’s Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission

09-23-2014
Mission Manager Update: K2 C1 data on the ground; C2 underway

08-08-2014
Kepler Mission Manager Update: K2 collecting data

06-25-2014
Kepler K2 Mission Planning for Observing Fields 4 and 5

http://keplerscience.arc.nasa.gov/K2/

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This table gives data for the 10 planned K2 observing fields: time period, celestial coordinates, and interesting objects in each field. Credit: NASA Kepler Mission. [Click on image to get higher resolution version.]
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This chart shows the approximate locations of the 9 proposed campaign target fields for the Kepler K2 Mission. The solid line shows the ecliptic (Earth's orbit plane) along which the Kepler Space Telescope can maintain precision pointing. Credit: NASA Kepler Mission. [Click on image to get higher resolution version.]
Milky Way with 9 K2 field locations shown
This is a photograph of the Milky Way with the approximate locations of the 9 proposed Kepler K2 campaign target fields. The line shows the ecliptic (Earth's orbit plane) along which the Kepler Space Telescope can maintain precision pointing. That line intersects the galactic plane in two locations. Credit: ESO/S. Brunier/NASA Kepler Mission. [Click on image to get higher resolution version.]

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