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Read News: Kepler Scientist Elisa Quintana receives the Lupe Ontiveros Dream Award
10-04-2014
Kepler Scientist Elisa Quintana receives the Lupe Ontiveros Dream Award
The Lupe Ontiveros Dream Award recognizes women with trailblazing careers who have made contributions to the Latino community. This year it's our own Elisa Quintana.
Read News: NASA Telescopes Find Clear Skies and Water Vapor on Exoplanet
09-24-2014
NASA Telescopes Find Clear Skies and Water Vapor on Exoplanet
Astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes -- Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler -- have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system.
Read News: Mission Manager Update: K2 C1 data on the ground; C2 underway
09-23-2014
Mission Manager Update: K2 C1 data on the ground; C2 underway
The K2 mission has successfully completed its first official set of science observations and the data are on the ground! Campaign 2 observations are now underway.
Read News: Advances in Exoplanet Science from Kepler
09-18-2014
Advances in Exoplanet Science from Kepler
Paper by Jack J. Lissauer, Rebekah I. Dawson, & Scott Tremaine published in Nature.
Read News: Exploring exoplanet populations with NASA’s Kepler Mission
09-02-2014
Exploring exoplanet populations with NASA’s Kepler Mission
Paper by Kepler Mission Scientist, Natalie Batalha, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), vol 111, no. 25
Read News: NASA Awards ceremony keynote speaker is Kepler PI, Bill Borucki
08-14-2014
NASA Awards ceremony keynote speaker is Kepler PI, Bill Borucki
Bill Borucki was keynote speaker at NASA Headquarters for the awards event: "NASA Honors Employees Efforts with Agency's Highest Award."
Read News: Kepler Mission Manager Update: K2 collecting data
08-08-2014
Kepler Mission Manager Update: K2 collecting data
In the K2 mission, the two-wheel operation mode of the Kepler spacecraft performance has been terrific.
Read News: Kepler-93b: The Most Precise Measurement of an Alien World's Size
07-23-2014
Kepler-93b: The Most Precise Measurement of an Alien World's Size
We now have the most precise measurement ever of the radius of a planet outside our solar system—Kepler-93b—now known to an uncertainty of just 74 miles (119 kilometers) on either side of the planetary body.
Read News: Kepler-421b: An exoplanet orbiting near its star's
07-21-2014
Kepler-421b: An exoplanet orbiting near its star's "snow line"
On a mountain, snow line is the point above which snow and ice cover the ground throughout the year. In a star-planet system, snow line (or frost line) is the distance from the star where water will most likely be frozen.
Read News: Exploring exoplanet populations with NASA’s Kepler Mission
07-21-2014
Exploring exoplanet populations with NASA’s Kepler Mission
Article by Natalie M. Batalha published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
Read News: Kepler K2 Mission Planning for Observing Fields 4 and 5
06-25-2014
Kepler K2 Mission Planning for Observing Fields 4 and 5
The Kepler K2 Guest Observer Program welcomes proposals addressing compelling scientific questions about exoplanet detection, stellar astrophysics, galactic and extragalatic astrophysics, and Solar System science.
Read News: Astronomers Confounded By Massive Rocky World
06-02-2014
Astronomers Confounded By Massive Rocky World
Kepler-10c is a rocky world weighing 17 times as much as Earth, which means it is not a mini-Neptune as previously thought.
Read News: Kepler Begins K2 Mission Field 1 Observing
05-30-2014
Kepler Begins K2 Mission Field 1 Observing
The Kepler K2 mission began its Field 1 campaign of observing today (2014 May 30).
Read News: Kepler Mission Manager Update: K2 Has Been Approved!
05-16-2014
Kepler Mission Manager Update: K2 Has Been Approved!
Good news from NASA HQ — the K2 mission, the two-wheel operation mode of the Kepler spacecraft observing in the ecliptic, has been approved.
Read News: Kepler Mission Manager Update: A New Mission Manager
05-02-2014
Kepler Mission Manager Update: A New Mission Manager
Apparently, report of the death of Kepler's data collection was an exaggeration. We are collecting science data on approximately 8,000 targets, including most of the open star cluster M35! And today the team announces a change in project management.
Read News: First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'
04-17-2014
First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'
The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun. The host star is about 500 light-years from Earth and is classified as an M dwarf, or red dwarf, a class of stars that makes up 70 percent of the stars in the Milky Way galaxy.
Read News: Art of Discovery
03-10-2014
Art of Discovery
Kepler has launched an art competition: The Kepler Art of Discovery, open to anyone in the U.S. ages 13 and up. Competition period is March 10 – June 9, 2014.
Read News: Kepler Team receives the National Space Club's Goddard Trophy
03-07-2014
Kepler Team receives the National Space Club's Goddard Trophy
At the 57th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner, March 7, 2014, in the Hilton Washington, Washington, DC, members of the Kepler Team received the National Space Club's premier award, the Goddard Trophy.
Read News: Kepler's 5th Anniversary
03-06-2014
Kepler's 5th Anniversary
The launch of the Kepler Space Telescope was 5 years ago today.
Read News: 715 Newly Verified Planets More Than Triples the Number of Confirmed Kepler Planets
02-26-2014
715 Newly Verified Planets More Than Triples the Number of Confirmed Kepler Planets
Using a technique called verification by multiplicity, the Kepler team has nearly quadrupled the number of verified planets it has discovered. This latest discovery brings the confirmed count of planets outside our solar system to nearly 1,700.
Read News: Kepler Mission Manager Update: Loss of a science module
02-25-2014
Kepler Mission Manager Update: Loss of a science module
Preparations continue for the first K2 campaign in the ecliptic plane. During a recent test, we found one of the science detector modules had failed, but it does not appear that this will have any impact on K2 Campaign 0 should it be approved. Also 1 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 26, NASA Kepler news teleconference. See MEDIA ADVISORY M14-033.
Read News: Kepler Mission Manager Update: K2 spacecraft operation tests continue
02-14-2014
Kepler Mission Manager Update: K2 spacecraft operation tests continue
Proof that a repurposed Kepler instrument can still detect planets!
Read News: National Space Club Honors Kepler's Planet Hunters
02-06-2014
National Space Club Honors Kepler's Planet Hunters
NASA's Kepler space telescope mission will be honored with the National Space Club's preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March.
Read News: Kepler Finds a Very Wobbly Planet
02-04-2014
Kepler Finds a Very Wobbly Planet
Kepler-413b, circling a binary of orange and red dwarf stars every 66 days, wobbles wildly on its spin axis by as much as 30 degrees over 11 years leading to rapid and erratic changes in seasons.
Read News: PBS NOVA: “Alien Planets Revealed”
01-09-2014
PBS NOVA: “Alien Planets Revealed”
Kepler is the main attraction in the new PBS NOVA production “Alien Planets Revealed,” with Kepler team members Natalie Batalha, Geoff Marcy, Sara Seager, and David Charbonneau being stars of the show. It aired last night.
Read News: Kepler at American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting
01-07-2014
Kepler at American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting
The Kepler team is announcing results on planet discoveries, astrophysics, and plans for the next incarnation of Kepler mission, K2, at at the 223rd AAS Meeting occurring in Washington, DC, 5-9 January 2014.
Read News: Two-Wheel Kepler Mission Invited to 2014 Senior Review
12-04-2013
Two-Wheel Kepler Mission Invited to 2014 Senior Review
Paul Hertz, NASA's Astrophysics Division director, has decided to invite Kepler to the Senior Review for astrophysics operating missions in early 2014. The Kepler team's proposal, dubbed K2, demonstrated a clever and feasible methodology for accurately controlling the Kepler spacecraft at the level of precision required for scientifically valuable data collection.
Read News: A Sunny Outlook for Kepler's Second Light (Life?)
11-25-2013
A Sunny Outlook for Kepler's Second Light (Life?)
A new mission concept, dubbed K2, would continue Kepler's search for other worlds, and introduce new opportunities to observe star clusters, young and old stars, active galaxies and supernovae. See article, talk by Charlie Sobeck (Deputy Project Manager), talk by Steve Howell (Project Scientist), and K2 Explained (descriptive diagram).
Read News: NASA Kepler Results Usher in a New Era of Astronomy
11-04-2013
NASA Kepler Results Usher in a New Era of Astronomy
Exciting new results from Kepler observations are revealed at the second Kepler Science Conference.
Read News: Kepler-78b: first Earth-size planet with measured Earth-mass
10-30-2013
Kepler-78b: first Earth-size planet with measured Earth-mass
A handful of planets the size or mass of Earth have been discovered. Kepler-78b is the first to have both a measured mass and size. It's 1.2 times the size of Earth and 1.7 times more massive, suggesting it is made primarily of rock and iron.
Read News: Deviant spin of a red giant star
10-18-2013
Deviant spin of a red giant star
Kepler team has found that the spinning of Kepler-56, a red giant star, is not aligned with two of its planets and that may be caused by a third, massive companion in a long period orbit.
Read News: Non-essential Kepler Operations Shut Down
10-01-2013
Non-essential Kepler Operations Shut Down
Until government funding resumes, the Kepler Mission is in stasis except for essential operations.
Read News: 14 new Kepler planets bring total count to 150
08-29-2013
14 new Kepler planets bring total count to 150
14 new Kepler planets, confirmed using Transit Timing Variation (TTV) technique, are published in paper by Xie et al. in the Astrophysical Journal - http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.3312.
Read News: Kepler finds stars’ flickers reveal the gravity at their surface
08-22-2013
Kepler finds stars’ flickers reveal the gravity at their surface
An Ars Technica article about a new analysis of data collected by the Kepler observatory, published in Nature, indicated that small fluctuations in a star's brightness are strongly correlated with the surface gravity.
Read News: MIT team discovers an exoplanet that orbits its star in 8.5 hours
08-19-2013
MIT team discovers an exoplanet that orbits its star in 8.5 hours
Researchers at MIT have discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet named Kepler-78b that whips around its host star in a mere 8.5 hours -- one of the shortest orbital periods ever detected. MIT News article.
Read News: Kepler Mission Manager Update: Pointing Test Results
08-19-2013
Kepler Mission Manager Update: Pointing Test Results
Following months of analysis and testing, the team is ending its attempts to restore the spacecraft to full working order as the recent pointing test proved unsuccessful...Though the spacecraft will no longer operate with its unparalleled precision pointing, scientists expect Kepler’s most interesting discoveries are still to come. Read the full update.
Read News: NASA Ends Attempts to Fully Recover Kepler Spacecraft, Potential New Missions Considered
08-15-2013
NASA Ends Attempts to Fully Recover Kepler Spacecraft, Potential New Missions Considered
Following months of analysis and testing, the Kepler Space Telescope team is ending its attempts to restore the spacecraft to full working order, and now is considering what new science research it can carry out. The already collected data--over 4 years' worth--will take many months to process and years to analyze. It holds the answer to the question that inspired the mission: Are Earths in the habitable zone of stars like our sun common or rare?
Read News: Kepler Mission Manager Update: Pointing Test
08-02-2013
Kepler Mission Manager Update: Pointing Test
The team has continued exploratory recovery testing of the faulty reaction wheels. Both reaction wheels have spun bi-directionally, but friction levels remain high. The next step will be a system-level performance test to see if the wheels can adequately control spacecraft pointing. Meanwhile, existing data analysis continues. The team has added 274 new planet candidates, bringing the current count to 3,548.

The Kepler Science Conference II has been announced for Nov. 4-8, 2013 at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, CA. Registration is now open. Read the full update.

Read News: Soliciting Community Input for Alternate Science Investigations for the Kepler Spacecraft
08-02-2013
Soliciting Community Input for Alternate Science Investigations for the Kepler Spacecraft
NASA has announced a call for white papers to solicit community input for alternate science investigations that may be performed using the Kepler spacecraft and are consistent with two-wheel performance. See the full text for the call for white papers.
Read News: Second Kepler Science Conference, Nov. 4-8, 2013
07-29-2013
Second Kepler Science Conference, Nov. 4-8, 2013
We are happy to announce that the Second Kepler Science Conference will be held at the NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California, from November 4 to 8, 2013. Please alert your colleagues about this announcement, and plan on joining us at NASA Ames to celebrate the scientific discoveries made by NASA's Kepler Mission.

Registration and abstract submission will be open by August 1 and the Abstract deadline is September 6. Please see: http://nexsci.caltech.edu/conferences/KeplerII/index.shtml for more information.

Read News: Kepler Mission Manager Update: Initial Recovery Tests
07-24-2013
Kepler Mission Manager Update: Initial Recovery Tests
On Thursday, July 18, 2013, the team initiated exploratory recovery tests on the spacecraft's two failed wheels. The recovery tests are a series of steps to characterize the performance of these Reaction Wheels, and to determine if either could be returned to operation. Over the next two weeks, engineers will review the data from these tests and consider what steps to take next. Although both wheels have shown motion, the friction levels will be critical in future considerations. Read the full update.
Read News: Kepler Mission Manager Update: Recovery Begins
07-18-2013
Kepler Mission Manager Update: Recovery Begins
Over the next week, the team will attempt tests to explore recovery of the spacecraft's reaction wheels. The tests will begin with reaction wheel 4 on Thursday, July 18, 2013. Read the full update.
Read News: Kepler Mission Manager Update: Preparing for Recovery
07-03-2013
Kepler Mission Manager Update: Preparing for Recovery
Operations in Point Rest State have continued for the spacecraft while tests for recovery have been devised and are being checked. Meanwhile, the team announces 63 more planet candidates added since the last report, the count now stands at 3,277. Two new planets discovered in an old star cluster bring the count of planets confirmed with Kepler data to 134. Read the full update.
Read News: Kepler Mission Manager Update – 503 New Planet Candidates
06-07-2013
Kepler Mission Manager Update – 503 New Planet Candidates
Last week the team delivered 1,924 new Kepler Objects of Interest (KOIs) to the NASA Exoplanet Archive. Of these new KOIs, 503 already have been dispositioned as planet candidates. The current count of Kepler planet candidates now stands at 3,216. Read the full update.
Read News: Stars Don't Eat Their Young Migrating Planets
06-06-2013
Stars Don't Eat Their Young Migrating Planets
A new study using data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope shows that hot Jupiters, despite their close-in orbits, are not regularly consumed by their stars. Instead, the planets remain in fairly stable orbits for billions of years, until the day comes when they may ultimately get eaten.
Read News: All Six Planets Known to Orbit Kepler-11 Have Low Densities
06-04-2013
All Six Planets Known to Orbit Kepler-11 Have Low Densities
A paper published 2013 June 4 in The Astrophysical Journal by Jack J. Lissauer et al finds that "The Kepler-11 system contains the lowest mass exoplanets for which both mass and radius have been measured."
Read News: Kepler's eclipsing binary stars
06-02-2013
Kepler's eclipsing binary stars
The Kepler mission observed over 2200 eclipsing binary stars.
Read News: 1,924 new KOIs
05-31-2013
1,924 new KOIs
A KOI is a "Kepler Object of Interest." Caution: a KOI is not the same thing as an actual "planet candidate."
Read News: Mission Manager Update: Point Rest State
05-21-2013
Mission Manager Update: Point Rest State
Following the apparent failure of Kepler's reaction wheel 4 on May 11, 2013, engineers were successful at transitioning the spacecraft from a Thruster-Controlled Safe Mode to Point Rest State. The spacecraft has remained safe and stable in this attitude and is no longer considered to be in a critical situation. Read the full update.
Read News: NASA Hosts Kepler Spacecraft Status Teleconference Today
05-15-2013
NASA Hosts Kepler Spacecraft Status Teleconference Today
NASA will host a news teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. PDT, today, May 15, to discuss the status of the agency's Kepler Space Telescope.

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's website.

Read News: Mission Manager Update: Kepler Spacecraft Status
05-15-2013
Mission Manager Update: Kepler Spacecraft Status
Update on the status of the Kepler Spacecraft. At our semi-weekly contact on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, we found the Kepler spacecraft once again in safe mode. ...data appear to unambiguously indicate a reaction wheel 4 failure, .... The spacecraft is stable and safe. See the Full Mission Manager Update.
Read News: New Method of Finding Planets Scores its First Discovery
05-13-2013
New Method of Finding Planets Scores its First Discovery
A team at Tel Aviv University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has just discovered an exoplanet using a new method that relies on Einstein’s special theory of relativity. The method is called relativistic BEaming, Ellipsoidal, and Reflection/emission modulations (BEER), and opens up new discovery possibilities for astronomers.
Read News: Mission Manager Update
05-09-2013
Mission Manager Update
During a scheduled semi-weekly contact on Friday, May 3, 2013, engineers discovered that the Kepler spacecraft was in a self-protective state called a safe mode. The spacecraft was returned to science data collection just before midnight on Monday, May 6, 2013. See Full Update.
Read News: The Sun is not an unusually quiet star
05-01-2013
The Sun is not an unusually quiet star
A paper "Comparison of Kepler Photometric Variability with the Sun on Different Timescales" by Gibor Basri, Lucianne Walkowicz, and Ansgar Reiners asserts that the Sun is not an unusually quiet star.
Read News: Mission Manager Update
04-29-2013
Mission Manager Update
The team recently completed a monthly science data download...marking the successful completion of Quarter 16 flight operations and the beginning of Quarter 17. The monthly contact also included a quarterly roll of the spacecraft to the spring attitude. ... The team held a NASA-televised press conference on April 18 to announce the discoveries of two planetary systems harboring three super-Earth-size habitable zone planets. See Full Update.
Read News: Kepler's Smallest Habitable Zone Planets
04-18-2013
Kepler's Smallest Habitable Zone Planets
With Kepler mission's new discoveries of three super-Earth-size planets in their star's "habitable zone" we gather increasing momentum in the ultimate search for planets similar to Earth in size and temperature.
Read News: Planet Hunters discovery: PH1b (Kepler-64b)
03-29-2013
Planet Hunters discovery: PH1b (Kepler-64b)
PH1 is a four star planetary system hosting a circumbinary planet (PH1b or Kepler-64b) discovered by transits spotted by Planet Hunter volunteers Robert Gagliano and Kian Jek. Megan E. Schwamb is lead author for the disocvery paper, Planet Hunters: A Transiting Circumbinary Planet in a Quadruple Star System, accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal.
Read News: Mission Manager Update
03-29-2013
Mission Manager Update
...the spacecraft continues to operate efficiently, returning high-quality science data. ...The wheel rest period of January 17-January 27 appears to have had no beneficial impact on alleviating the elevated friction in reaction wheel #4. The high-rate data revealed additional transient friction, in the form of torque spikes, in RW4. ...all mitigation steps to preserve wheel life have been implemented, and no additional steps are planned at this time.... See Full Update.
Read News: Mission Manager Update – Kepler Continues to Perform Well
03-05-2013
Mission Manager Update – Kepler Continues to Perform Well
Since returning to science data collection on Jan. 27, 2013, after a 10-day precautionary wheel rest safe mode, the spacecraft has been performing well and continues to make science observations.
Read News: Discovery: Kepler-37b, a planet only slightly larger than the Moon
02-20-2013
Discovery: Kepler-37b, a planet only slightly larger than the Moon
NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star like our sun, approximately 210 light-years away in the constellation Lyra.
Read News: The Occurrence Rate of Small Planets around Small Stars
02-07-2013
The Occurrence Rate of Small Planets around Small Stars
How close is the nearest habitable planet? A new analysis using Kepler data gives some intriguing insights.
Read News: Mission Manager Update – Kepler Returns to Science
01-29-2013
Mission Manager Update – Kepler Returns to Science
After a precautionary "wheel rest" safe mode that began on January 17, 2013, NASA's Kepler spacecraft returned to science data collection at 5 p.m. on January 28, 2013. Read more in the mission manager update.
Read News: Mission Manager Update – Spacecraft in Wheel Rest Safe Mode
01-22-2013
Mission Manager Update – Spacecraft in Wheel Rest Safe Mode
On Jan 17, the Kepler team put the Kepler spacecraft in a 10-day "wheel resting" mode, during which time science data collection is stopped and the solar panel orientation aligned with the sun to maintain power. Read more in the mission manager update.
Read News: Announcing 461 New Kepler Planet Candidates
01-07-2013
Announcing 461 New Kepler Planet Candidates
At a press conference at the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Long Beach CA, Chris Burke announced new results from the Kepler Mission, including 461 new planet candidates. Francois Fressin presented "At Least One in Six Stars Has an Earth-size Planet"
Read News: Kepler Principal Investigator William Borucki 2013 Receives the 2013 Henry Draper Medal from National Academy of Sciences
01-07-2013
Kepler Principal Investigator William Borucki 2013 Receives the 2013 Henry Draper Medal from National Academy of Sciences
William Borucki, science principal investigator for NASA's Kepler mission at Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California, is the recipient of the 2013 Henry Draper Medal awarded by the National Academy of Sciences.
Read News: Kepler Participating Scientist Program Announcement
11-27-2012
Kepler Participating Scientist Program Announcement
The Kepler Participating Scientist Program (PSP), designed to fund community investigations that advance the goals of the Kepler Mission during its extended phase, notices of intent are requested by January 18, 2013, and the due date for proposals is March 1, 2013.
Read News: Kepler Completes Prime Mission and Begins Extended Mission
11-14-2012
Kepler Completes Prime Mission and Begins Extended Mission
Today Kepler Space Telescope marks two milestones: the successful completion of its prime mission searching for exoplanets and the beginning of an extended mission that we expect to last at least four years, unfolding a census of exoplanets, the ones of greatest interest being other Earths that could already be in the data, awaiting analysis. Kepler's most exciting results are yet to come.
Read News: Extrasolar Planets Featured at American Astronomical Society's DPS Conference
10-18-2012
Extrasolar Planets Featured at American Astronomical Society's DPS Conference
Kepler scientists gave 50 presentations at the American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Sciences conference in Reno this week.
Read News: Revisiting exoplanet TrES-2 (Kepler-1b)
10-18-2012
Revisiting exoplanet TrES-2 (Kepler-1b)
A study of exoplanet TrES-2 using 2.7 years of observations by the Kepler spacecraft yield very precise measurements of the host star's size, thus pinpointing the planet's size with unprecedented accuracy.
Read News: Planet Hunters Find Circumbinary Planet in 4-Star System
10-16-2012
Planet Hunters Find Circumbinary Planet in 4-Star System
Planet Hunter volunteers, Kian Jek of San Francisco, Calif., and Robert Gagliano of Cottonwood, Ariz., have helped discover an alien planet with two suns. But this circumbinary system is in turn orbited by two more stars — a star-planet system that is the first of its kind known.
Read News: Kepler Team Mourns the Passing of the Original Kepler Deputy PI, David Koch
09-12-2012
Kepler Team Mourns the Passing of the Original Kepler Deputy PI, David Koch
Without Dave Koch's dedication and expertise, the Kepler Mission could not possibly have been as successful as it is, and if truth be told, may not have happened at all.
Read News: Kepler-47: Our First Binary Star 2-Planet System
08-28-2012
Kepler-47: Our First Binary Star 2-Planet System
Kepler mission has discovered Kepler-47b and 47c, the first transiting circumbinary system — multiple planets orbiting two suns. Moreover, Kepler-47c is in the binary system's habitable zone (where liquid water may exist).
Read News: The Transit Timing Variation (TTV) Planet-finding Technique Begins to Flower
08-23-2012
The Transit Timing Variation (TTV) Planet-finding Technique Begins to Flower
The Transit Timing Variation (TTV) method of planet-finding, first used to discover Kepler-9d (Science online 26 August 2010), is really flowering with submission of two independent papers, currently under scientific peer-review, confirming a total of 41 new transiting planets in 20 multiple planet systems in the Kepler field of view.
Read News: Kepler-38: the Galaxy's Count of Binary Stars with Planets is Increasing
08-20-2012
Kepler-38: the Galaxy's Count of Binary Stars with Planets is Increasing
Kepler-38b is the fourth confirmed Kepler planet to be found circling a binary star system (a circumbinary planet).
Read News: Kepler: The Long Road to Other Worlds
08-13-2012
Kepler: The Long Road to Other Worlds
An article by Kerry Ellis for NASA ASK Magazine, Issue #47, Summer 2012. It took nearly 20 years of persistence and ingenuity to prove that Kepler could find exoplanets. Now, with an extended mission to 2016, Kepler's results will be important in guiding the next generation of exoplanet missions. William Borucki, Kepler principal investigator at Ames, shares the journey of proving his idea of high-precision transit photometry to search for other worlds today.
Read News: Kepler Team receives the Vision to Reality Award
07-28-2012
Kepler Team receives the Vision to Reality Award
Kepler Team receives from Space Frontier Foundation the Vision to Reality Award for outstanding achievement in the development and operation of a device, system or entity that forwards the opening of the Space Frontier..
Read News: A far-off solar system
07-25-2012
A far-off solar system
Researchers measure the orientation of a multiplanet system and find it very similar to our own solar system.
Read News: Kepler Symposium at University of California, Berkeley
07-20-2012
Kepler Symposium at University of California, Berkeley
Archive recordings now available for the Kepler Symposium that was held 2012 July 19 at Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley.
Read News: Kepler Science Team to Receive ASP Maria & Eric Muhlman Award
07-09-2012
Kepler Science Team to Receive ASP Maria & Eric Muhlman Award
Kepler Principal Investigator William Borucki and the Kepler Science Team are the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's choice for the 2012 Maria & Eric Muhlman Award "for recent significant observational results made possible by innovative advances in astronomical instrumentation, software, or observational infrastructure."
Read News: Charbonneau & Seager Awarded Sackler Prize
07-02-2012
Charbonneau & Seager Awarded Sackler Prize
David Charbonneau and Sara Seager, members of Kepler science working groups, received the Sackler Prize from the Tel Aviv University.
Read News: Fifth Annual Workshop of the Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium
06-23-2012
Fifth Annual Workshop of the Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium
One hundred twenty scientists from over 20 countries attended the 5th Annual KASC Workshop to share latest findings including studies of oscillations in red giants, RR Lyrae stars, M giants, and determining masses of stars with planets.
Read News: Alien World Looms Large in its Neighbor World's Sky
06-21-2012
Alien World Looms Large in its Neighbor World's Sky
Kepler Mission astronomers discovered a star, Kepler-36, with two planets orbiting closer to each other than any other pair of planets in any planetary system found to date. But they are strikingly different types of planets.
Read News: NASA'S Pleiades Supercomputer Gets A Little More Oomph
06-19-2012
NASA'S Pleiades Supercomputer Gets A Little More Oomph
NASA's flagship Pleiades supercomputer just received a boost to help keep pace with the intensive number-crunching requirements of scientists and engineers working on some of the agency's most challenging missions, including processing massive amounts of star data gathered from NASA's Kepler spacecraft, leading to the discovery of new Earth-sized planets in the Milky Way galaxy.
Read News: Small planets do not need metal-rich stars
06-13-2012
Small planets do not need metal-rich stars
A research team led by Lars A. Buchhave has studied the elemental composition of more than 150 Kepler stars harboring 226 Kepler planet candidates smaller than Neptune and found that the occurrence of small planets does not depend as strongly on the metallicity of the host star. This observation suggests that terrestrial-like planets may be widespread in the disk of our Galaxy, with no special requirement of higher metallicity stars for their formation.
Read News: AAS Student Virtual Forum: remotely attend the
06-07-2012
AAS Student Virtual Forum: remotely attend the "Exoplanet Census from Kepler" session
American Astronomical Society (AAS) will hold it's first experimental online oral session at the 220th AAS meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. This allows for attendees from remote locations via the Internet to the Meeting-in-a-Meeting session 306, entitled "Exoplanet Census from Kepler," on Tuesday, June 12th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Read News: Our Local Transiting Planet: Venus
06-05-2012
Our Local Transiting Planet: Venus
The Kepler team helped in many events where the public could view the transit of Venus.
Read News: A Study of 63 Hot Jupiter Systems
05-10-2012
A Study of 63 Hot Jupiter Systems
A study of 63 hot Jupiter systems, planetary systems with Jupiter-size planet candidates in three day orbits found no evidence of small, companion candidates, suggesting that small candidates were ejected from the system, leaving large planets to later circularize into tight orbits.
Read News: Earth-based Observations Lead to Planet Candidates in Habitable Zones
04-24-2012
Earth-based Observations Lead to Planet Candidates in Habitable Zones
A paper by P. Muirhead et al submitted to The Astrophysical Journal reports new stellar parameters of 84 cooler late-K and M-type stars in the Kepler Input Catalog. New stellar radii and temperatures obtained through observations using the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory has resulted in new orbit sizes for three super Earth-size planet candidates that place them the habitable zones of the respective host stars.
Read News: Almost All of Kepler's Multiple-planet Candidates Are Planets
04-23-2012
Almost All of Kepler's Multiple-planet Candidates Are Planets
The Kepler team, with the wealth of planet candidates identified to date, is deep into a statistical analysis phase of the mission. The Astrophysical Journal article, Almost All of Kepler's Multiple-planet Candidates Are Planets," by J. Lissauer et al, demonstrates that the overwhelming majority of Kepler candidate multiple transiting systems (multis) indeed represent true, physically associated transiting planets.
Read News: Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes
04-06-2012
Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes
Kepler's data is archived at MAST, formerly known as the Multimission Archive at STSci, is now the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes.
Read News: Kepler Explorer app puts distant planets at your fingertips
04-05-2012
Kepler Explorer app puts distant planets at your fingertips
Kepler Explorer is an innovative app that provides interactive displays of newly discovered planetary systems from Kepler data. Now available free from the iTunes App Store for iPads and iPhones. See UC Santa Cruz press release and Space.com article.
Read News: NASA Approves Kepler Mission Extension
04-04-2012
NASA Approves Kepler Mission Extension
NASA's Kepler mission has been approved for extension through fiscal year 2016 based on a recommendation from the Agency’s Senior Review of its operating missions.
Read News: The Ones Have It
03-22-2012
The Ones Have It
Not only did the Kepler Launch Clock recently reach the 1000 days milestone, it reached the 1111:11:11:11 milestone.
Read News: Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury
03-21-2012
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury
An article by S. Rappaport et al entitled "Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548," has been accepted by The Astrophysical Journal.
Read News: The Women of Kepler Mission
03-08-2012
The Women of Kepler Mission
Kepler Mission recognizes Women's History Month
Read News: Kepler Mission Wins 2012 Aviation Week Laureate Award
03-08-2012
Kepler Mission Wins 2012 Aviation Week Laureate Award
Kepler mission has been named winner of the 2012 Aviation Week Laureate Award in the Space category, announced last night at the 55th annual black-tie awards dinner in Washington, D.C.
Read News: NASA Kepler Mission To Receive John L.
03-07-2012
NASA Kepler Mission To Receive John L. "Jack" Swigert Jr. Award
The Space Foundation honors NASA Kepler Mission with the John L. "Jack" Swigert Jr. Award for Space Exploration, to be Presented at the 28th National Space Symposium.
Read News: Happy Birthday Kepler
03-06-2012
Happy Birthday Kepler
Kepler is 3 years old (launched March 6, 2009).
Read News: 1,091 New Kepler Planet Candidates
02-28-2012
1,091 New Kepler Planet Candidates
The NASA Kepler mission has made public 1,091 new planet candidates, bringing the total Kepler planet candidate count now to 2,321. Details are contained in an Astrophysical Journal article.
Read News: Black History Month Feature: Discussion With John Johnson
02-15-2012
Black History Month Feature: Discussion With John Johnson
As part of Black History Month, John Johnson, scientist at NASA’s Exoplanet Science Institute at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, discussed his research and recent discoveries, and the path that led him to the work he's doing today.
Read News: Kepler Team Mourns the Loss of Janice Voss
02-06-2012
Kepler Team Mourns the Loss of Janice Voss
Janice Voss, who served as Kepler Science Office Director in vital years of the Kepler Mission, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2012.
Read News: NASA's Kepler announces 11 planetary systems hosting 26 planets
01-26-2012
NASA's Kepler announces 11 planetary systems hosting 26 planets
This nearly doubles the number of verified planets and triples the number of stars known to have multiple transiting planets. Most were confirmed Transit Timing Variations (TTVs) without the need for ground based observations, but discoveries in Kepler-33 system are by a very exciting new statistical method of confirming planets in multi-planet systems.
Read News: KOI-961: A Mini-Planetary System
01-11-2012
KOI-961: A Mini-Planetary System
Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission have discovered the three smallest planets yet detected orbiting a star beyond our sun. The planets orbit a single star, called KOI-961, and are 0.78, 0.73 and 0.57 times the radius of Earth. The smallest is about the size of Mars.
Read News: Kepler Discovery Establishes New Class of Planetary System
01-11-2012
Kepler Discovery Establishes New Class of Planetary System
The discovery of Kepler-34 and Kepler-35 establishes a new class of circumbinary planets' and suggests many millions of such systems exist in our Galaxy.
Read News: Kepler-20 system: 5 planets including two that are Earth-size
12-20-2011
Kepler-20 system: 5 planets including two that are Earth-size
The Kepler mission discovered the smallest transiting planets yet found around a star beyond our own. The system is jam-packed with five planets, all circling within a distance roughly equivalent to Mercury's orbit in our solar system. One is almost exactly Earth-size and one is even less—about 7/8 Earth size.
Read News: Kepler-22b, our first planet in the habitable zone of a Sun-like Star
12-05-2011
Kepler-22b, our first planet in the habitable zone of a Sun-like Star
The Kepler team has discovered Kepler-22b, a planet 2.4 times the size of Earth that orbits a sun-like star in 289 days. It the smallest planet yet found to orbit in the middle of its star's habitable zone, which is the region around a star where temperatures are just right for liquid water, a key ingredient for life.
Read News: Kepler-21b discovery
11-30-2011
Kepler-21b discovery
Kepler Deputy Project Scientist Steve Howell led a research team in discovering that one of the brightest stars in the Kepler star field has a 1.6 Earth-radius planet circling its parent star with a 2.8 day period. With such a short period, and only about 6 million km away from its parent star Kepler 21b is a toasty 1900 K, or 2960 F.
Read News: Discovery of Kepler-17b
11-04-2011
Discovery of Kepler-17b
This is a hot Jupiter-class planet orbiting an active star, with dark spots that are frequently occulted by the planet. From this we find the star rotates in about 12 days, only 8 times the the planet’s orbital period.
Read News: Discovery of Kepler-18b, c, and d
10-04-2011
Discovery of Kepler-18b, c, and d
A team of Kepler researchers led by Bill Cochran of The University of Texas at Austin has announced the discovery three planets: a super-Earth and two Neptune-sized planets. Kepler-18b is "validated" (by ruling out other possibilities that might masquerade as a planet) , while c and d are "verified" thanks to analysis of their gravitational interactions.
Read News: NASA's Kepler Mission Depicted in Dell’Osso Family Farm Corn Maze
09-28-2011
NASA's Kepler Mission Depicted in Dell’Osso Family Farm Corn Maze
NASA is celebrating 50 years of space exploration with NASA-themed corn mazes. See Ames press release and NASA Feature on Space Farm 7. Dell'Osso Family Farm in Lathrop CA, one of seven farms across the nation will feature NASA’s Kepler mission. The "Kepler cornfield" opens THIS weekend (noon, Oct 1) and several Kepler team members will be there to give public talks INSIDE the maze.
Read News: NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers a World Orbiting Two Stars
09-15-2011
NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers a World Orbiting Two Stars
The existence of a world with a double sunset, as portrayed in the film Star Wars more than 30 years ago, is now scientific fact. NASA's Kepler mission has made the first unambiguous detection of a circumbinary planet -- a planet orbiting two stars -- 200 light-years from Earth.
Read News: The turbulent lives of stars
09-14-2011
The turbulent lives of stars
The stars are boiling! The reason is the energy generated in the center of the star that wants to escape. If this does not happen quickly enough, the star starts to ‘boil’ in the outer layers causing vibrations that result in light variations, like in the Sun.  Such oscillations have now been discovered by Victoria Antoci and collaborators using the NASA spacecraft Kepler, but in a much hotter star. The scientists publish this in the most recent issue of “Nature”.
Read News: NASA to Announce Kepler Discovery at Media Briefing
09-13-2011
NASA to Announce Kepler Discovery at Media Briefing
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA will host a news briefing at 11 a.m. PDT, Thursday, Sept. 15, to announce a new discovery by the Kepler mission. The briefing will be held ...at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The event will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.
Read News: Invisible World Discovered
09-08-2011
Invisible World Discovered
Kepler planet discoveries: Kepler-19b, transits its star every 9 days and 7 hours. It orbits the star at a distance of 8.4 million miles, where it is heated to a temperature of about 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Kepler-19b has a diameter of 18,000 miles, making it slightly more than twice the size of Earth….
Kepler-19c—discovered because Kepler -19b alternately runs late and early in its orbit due to Kepler-19c tugging on it—could be a rocky planet on a circular 5-day orbit, or a gas-giant planet on an oblong 100-day orbit....

Read News: NASA’s Kepler Mission Announces Next Data Release to Public Archive
08-12-2011
NASA’s Kepler Mission Announces Next Data Release to Public Archive
The next release of Kepler data to the public archive (quarter three science data collected from September to December 2009) will be available for download on Sept. 23, 2011 from the Multimission Archive at STScI (MAST). The team recognizes a strong demand from the scientific community for Kepler data, as evidenced by the number of papers on exoplanet science as well as stellar astrophysics that have been published using Kepler data.
Read News: Alien World is Blacker than Coal
08-11-2011
Alien World is Blacker than Coal
A Press Release from Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA announcing that astronomers have discovered the darkest known exoplanet: Jupiter-sized gas giant known as TrES-2b that reflects less than one percent of the sunlight falling on it, making it blacker than coal or any planet or moon in our solar system.
Read News: Gemini Image Captures Elegant Beauty of Planetary Nebula Discovered by Amateur Astronomer
07-25-2011
Gemini Image Captures Elegant Beauty of Planetary Nebula Discovered by Amateur Astronomer
… the new nebula (named Kronberger 61, or Kn 61, after its discoverer) is within a relatively small patch of sky being intensely monitored by NASA’s Kepler planet finding mission. … professional and amateur astronomers are working as partners to comb through the entire Kepler field looking for planetary nebula candidates. To date six have been found including this one by Kronberger, a member of the amateur group called the “Deep Sky Hunters.” The group, dedicated to finding new objects in our galaxy and beyond, has found two planetary nebulae in the Kepler field so far (including Kn 61) and a possible third, which, according to Jacoby, “…are extremely rare and each, a valuable gem.” …“Planetary nebulae present a profound mystery” ….
Read News: Kepler-14b, Supergiant, is orbiting one of the stars in a binary star system
07-20-2011
Kepler-14b, Supergiant, is orbiting one of the stars in a binary star system
Kepler-14b is a planet 8 times more massive than Jupiter, orbiting one of the stars in a binary star system. The planet has a short orbital period of just 7 days, while the two stars orbit each other with a much longer period of about 2800 years. The light from the planet hosting star diluted by its companion star significantly affects the derived planetary parameters... and similar dilution effect could significantly affect the derived planetary parameters of other planet discoveries.
Read News: Hubble Space Telescope's One Millionth Science Observation is of Kepler-2b
07-04-2011
Hubble Space Telescope's One Millionth Science Observation is of Kepler-2b
Monday, July 4, the NASA's Hubble Space Telescope logged its one millionth science observation — a search for water in an exoplanet's atmosphere 1,000 light-years away. Hubble's millionth exposure is of the planet HAT-P-7b, a gas giant planet larger than Jupiter orbiting a star hotter than our sun. HAT-P-7b, also known as Kepler 2b, has been studied by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler observatory after it was discovered by ground-based observations. Full Release at Hubblesite
Read News: NASA's Pleiades Supercomputer Ranks Among World's Fastest
06-20-2011
NASA's Pleiades Supercomputer Ranks Among World's Fastest
The Pleiades supercomputer plays a crucial role in Kepler data analysis. ...Pleiades now contains 23,296 Intel(R) Xeon(R) quad- and hex-core processors (111,104 cores in 182 racks) that can run at a theoretical peak of approximately 1.32 quadrillion floating point operations, or calculations, per second. It achieved an official sustained rate of 1.09 petaflop per second....
Read News: NASA’s Kepler Yields the Next Harvest: A bounty of findings delivered at the 218th Meeting of the AAS in Boston
05-25-2011
NASA’s Kepler Yields the Next Harvest: A bounty of findings delivered at the 218th Meeting of the AAS in Boston
The Kepler Team had 50 presentations at the 218th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Boston, 2011 May 22-26. On May 23, Day 808 of the mission, an AAS press conference included short presentations by five Kepler team panelists: Kepler PI William Borucki, (Introduction), David Latham (on multi-planet systems), Francois Fressin (on Kepler-10c and a new technique for validating planets), Geoff Marcy (with statistical analysis to determine prevalence of various types of planets), and Søren Meibom (on determining a star’s age from its rotation speed).
Read News: Kepler-10c and a New Method to Validate Planets
05-23-2011
Kepler-10c and a New Method to Validate Planets
Kepler has discovered a second planet in the Kepler-10 star system: Kepler-10c with a radius of 2.2 times that of Earth's, and it orbits the star every 45 days. Even more important, the discovery of Kepler-10c was a accomplished with a new method of validating planet discoveries—a method called "Blender."
Read News: Kepler’s Astounding Haul of Multiple Planet Systems
05-23-2011
Kepler’s Astounding Haul of Multiple Planet Systems
Within just the first four months of NASA’s Kepler spacecraft data collection, astronomers have found evidence for more than 1,200 planetary candidates. Of those, 408 reside in systems containing two or more planets, and most of those look very different than our solar system. David Latham of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics presented findings today in a press conference at the 218th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
Read News: How to Learn a Star’s True Age
05-23-2011
How to Learn a Star’s True Age
For many movie stars, their age is a well-kept secret. The same is true of stars in space. Like our Sun, most stars look almost the same for most of their lives. So how can we tell if a star is one billion or 10 billion years old? Astronomers may have found a solution – measuring the star’s spin. Søren Meibom of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics presented findings today in a press conference at the 218th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
Read News: Echoes from the depth of a red giant star
04-07-2011
Echoes from the depth of a red giant star
Continuation of news item from 2011 March 17. Science article: Kepler Detected Gravity-Mode Period Spacings in a Red Giant Star, by P. G. Beck et al. - Asteroseismic observations with the Kepler satellite probed the deep interior of an evolved star. See also NASA Kepler Feature story: NASA Kepler Reaching into the Stars.
Read News: Kepler discovery of a unique triply eclipsing triple star
04-07-2011
Kepler discovery of a unique triply eclipsing triple star
Star HD 181068 , a 7th magnitude star almost visible to the naked eye is in reality a complex triple system in which three stars undergo mutual eclipses as each of the stars gets behind or in front of the others. The most luminous object is a red giant star around which a close pair of two red dwarfs orbits with a period of 45.5 days. The combined light from the three stars show sharp brightness decreases with a period of 0.9 days produced by the mutual eclipses of the close pair of dwarfs, while it takes 2 days for the close pair to pass in front of or behind the red giant. See also NASA Kepler Feature story: NASA Kepler Reaching into the Stars.
Read News: Kepler Listens to an Orchestra of Solar-Type Stars
04-07-2011
Kepler Listens to an Orchestra of Solar-Type Stars
An international team of asteroseismologists, led by the University of Birmingham, has used data from the NASA Kepler Mission to sample the ‘stellar music’ of 500 stars similar to the Sun, according to research published today (8 April 2011) in the journal Science. The team used the information from these natural resonances, which is coded in pulses of starlight, to measure the properties of these stars and will now be able to compare their findings with predictions based on models of the Milky Way galaxy. ...Dr Bill Chaplin from the University of Birmingham’s School of Physics and Astronomy, who leads the international collaboration, said, ... 'Thanks to the Kepler Mission we can measure and weigh the stars and look at the range of sizes and masses.' See also NASA Kepler Feature story: NASA Kepler Reaching into the Stars.
Read News: Giant stars reveal their inner secrets for the first time
03-30-2011
Giant stars reveal their inner secrets for the first time
University of Sydney astrophysicists are behind a major breakthrough in the study of stars known as red giants, finding a way to peer deep into their cores to discover which ones are in early infancy, which are fresh-faced teenagers, and which facing their dying days. The discovery, published in the latest edition of the journal Nature and made possible by observations using NASA's powerful Kepler space telescope, is shedding new light on the evolution of stars, including our own sun.
Read News: Astronomers detect echoes from the depth of a red giant star
03-17-2011
Astronomers detect echoes from the depth of a red giant star
Today an international team of astronomers reports the discovery of waves inside a star that travel so deep that they reach the core. The discovery …was possible thanks to precise measurements with the Kepler space telescope. …up to now only waves in the outer part of the star were observed. ...says Hans Kjeldsen of Aarhus university, the coordinator of Kepler Asterosiesmic Science Consortium (KASC). "The measurements provided by Kepler are so incredibly precise that we see things we never saw before. It's like traveling in a whole new world"
Read News: A tweet-up with NASA Kepler and Ames Research Center
02-11-2011
A tweet-up with NASA Kepler and Ames Research Center
56 "tweeps" were treated to a Tweet-up at NASA Ames Research Center, including visits with Kepler mission team members. About half the tweeps were local, but the other half were from 18 states and 5 countries. And they all LOVED Tweet-up! This news item has links to media coverage, posts by the the tweeps, and a selection of tweets from the event.
Read News: NASA Announces 1,235 Planet Candidates, Some in Habitable Zone, and a 6-Planet System
02-01-2011
NASA Announces 1,235 Planet Candidates, Some in Habitable Zone, and a 6-Planet System
NASA's Kepler mission has discovered its first Earth-size planet candidates and its first candidates in the habitable zone, a region where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface.
Read News: Kepler Data Release
02-01-2011
Kepler Data Release
Kepler Q1 data has been released and Kepler Q2 data will released at 1 a.m. EST on Feb. 2, 2011, and posted to the Multimission Archive at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI; http://archive.stsci.edu/kepler/).
Read News: NASA To Announce New Planetary Discoveries
01-27-2011
NASA To Announce New Planetary Discoveries
NASA will host a news briefing at 1 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 2, to announce the Kepler mission's latest findings about planets outside our solar system.
Read News: Job Opening: Kepler Support Scientist
01-18-2011
Job Opening: Kepler Support Scientist
The SETI Institute has a job opening for a Kepler Support Scientist. The successful applicant will be a member of the Science Office working at NASA Ames Research Center. Please see the job posting at the SETI Institute website for details (http://www.seti.org/jobs/keplersupportscientist).
Read News: NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Its First Rocky Planet
01-10-2011
NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Its First Rocky Planet
WASHINGTON -- NASA's Kepler mission confirmed the discovery of its first rocky planet, named Kepler-10b. Measuring 1.4 times the size of Earth, it is the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar system. For multimedia see Artist's depictions (still images), Animations, the Kepler-10b Discovery Page, and the Media Telecon Slide Presentation.
Read News: NASA Chat with Kepler Scientist, Natalie Batalha
01-09-2011
NASA Chat with Kepler Scientist, Natalie Batalha
A new planet discovery will be announced Monday Jan. 10 during the 'Exoplanets & Their Host Stars' presentation at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) conference in Seattle, Washington. Natalie Batalha of the NASA Kepler Mission Team will be online answering questions.
Read News: NASA Hosts Planet-Finding Tweetup in California's Silicon Valley
12-22-2010
NASA Hosts Planet-Finding Tweetup in California's Silicon Valley
NASA will give 100 of its Twitter followers an insider look at its planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft and the agency's Ames Research Center on Feb. 11 in Moffett Field in California.
Read News: New Zooniverse project: Planet Hunters!
12-16-2010
New Zooniverse project: Planet Hunters!
New citizen science project from Zooniverse: Find planets around other stars using data from NASA’s Kepler mission. See full announcement on Zooniverse blog.
Read News: Announcement of Earlier Kepler Data Release—from June 2011 to 1 February 2011
11-10-2010
Announcement of Earlier Kepler Data Release—from June 2011 to 1 February 2011
From AAS Electronic Announcement #214 – November 2010
The Kepler project wishes to inform the community that it is moving the next data release date (originally planned for June 2011) forward to 1 February 2011. This data set (Quarter 2) is the first consisting of a complete 3 months of observations. It will contain light curves for approximately 165,000 stars (most of which are late-type Main Sequence stars) brighter than 16th magnitude in the Cygnus & Lyra constellations sampled at a 30-minute cadence. Three subsets of one-month each of [up to 512] stars were sampled at 1 min cadence. The shorter cadence data will be released on the same schedule.

Read News: American Astronomical Society gives award to Kepler PI Bill Borucki and Deputy PI Dave Koch
11-05-2010
American Astronomical Society gives award to Kepler PI Bill Borucki and Deputy PI Dave Koch
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) awards the first Lancelot M. Berkeley - New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy to Kepler PI William J. Borucki and Deputy PI David G. Koch. http://aas.org/press/pr2010Nov05
Read News: Beth Sholes Honored by Society of Women Engineers with Resnik Challenger Medal
11-05-2010
Beth Sholes Honored by Society of Women Engineers with Resnik Challenger Medal
Principal Propulsion Engineer Beth Sholes at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has won the prestigious Resnik Challenger Medal. The award recognized Sholes for her propulsion analysis and design on several unique missions including the Kepler Space Telescope. Sholes designed a propulsion system that maintains Kepler’s stability and pointing accuracy, necessary for its job of constantly observing 100,000 stars.
Read News: NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Takes the Pulse of Distant Stars
10-26-2010
NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Takes the Pulse of Distant Stars
An international cadre of scientists that used data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft announced Tuesday the detection of stellar oscillations, or "starquakes,” that yield new insights about the size, age and evolution of stars. See also: * International Team of Astronomers to Discuss Kepler Findings * Archive of the webcast * Graphics for 2010 Oct 26 webcast
Read News: International Team of Astronomers to Discuss Kepler Findings
10-22-2010
International Team of Astronomers to Discuss Kepler Findings
WASHINGTON -- The Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium (KASC) at Aarhus University in Denmark will hold a media teleconference on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. EDT to discuss the latest discoveries about stars and their structures using data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft. See Archive of the webcast and webcast graphics.
Read News: 2010 Sagan Day Essay Contest
10-14-2010
2010 Sagan Day Essay Contest
Sponsored by NASA's Kepler Mission and SETI Institute --||-- Deadline: October 26, 2010 --||-- Awards Announced: November 9, 2010 --||-- Must be 18 years or older --||-- Essay must: be < 1000 words
Read News: RELEASE 10-245: NASA's Kepler Mission wins 2010 software of the year award.
10-04-2010
RELEASE 10-245: NASA's Kepler Mission wins 2010 software of the year award.
“Kepler Science Operations Center” software has won the NASA Software of the Year Award for 2010. In addition to a monetary award, each member of the team will be receiving a Software of the Year medallion after the Software of the Year awards ceremony to be held at the NASA Project Management Challenge on February 9th or 10th, 2011 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.
Read News: Kepler Mission Research Paper Honored by Thomson Reuters
10-01-2010
Kepler Mission Research Paper Honored by Thomson Reuters
A Kepler Mission research paper written to serve as “the standard reference for the mission,” has been determined by Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators (SM) to be the most-cited paper in Space Science and in Emerging Research Front for October 2010. Authored by David Koch, Kepler Mission deputy principal investigator, along with a host of co-authors, “Kepler Mission Design, Realized Photometric Performance, and Early Science” provides an overview of the mission designed to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone (where liquid water could exist) of solar-like stars.
Read News: Kepler-9: A System of Multiple Planets Transiting a Sun-Like Star, Confirmed by Timing Variations
10-01-2010
Kepler-9: A System of Multiple Planets Transiting a Sun-Like Star, Confirmed by Timing Variations
Article in Science 1 October 2010: 51-54. Published online 26 August 2010 [DOI: 10.1126/science.1195778] (in Science Express Research Articles). Two Saturn-size planets show variations in the times they take to transit their star due to gravitational interaction.
Read News: Kepler Discovers Two Planets Transiting Same Star
08-26-2010
Kepler Discovers Two Planets Transiting Same Star
WASHINGTON -- NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered the first confirmed planetary system with more than one planet crossing in front of, or transiting, the same star.
Read News: Press Conference for LATEST FINDINGS by Kepler
08-23-2010
Press Conference for LATEST FINDINGS by Kepler
MEDIA ADVISORY: M10-120 WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a media teleconference Thursday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. EDT to discuss the Kepler spacecraft's latest discovery about an intriguing planetary system.
Read News: Statement from the Kepler Science Council
08-02-2010
Statement from the Kepler Science Council
A statement was sent from the Kepler Science Council to the NASA Ames Research Center Director.
Read News: Earth-size is not Earth-like: the TED Talk by Dimitar Sasselov
07-27-2010
Earth-size is not Earth-like: the TED Talk by Dimitar Sasselov
Statement by Dimitar Sasselov regarding the talk he gave at TED Global 2010 conference in Oxford UK. ("TED" stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design). See more about this on the Kepler blog.
Read News: Deluge of Data
06-16-2010
Deluge of Data
Kepler releases info on exoplanet candidates
Read News: First 43 Days of Kepler Data Released
06-15-2010
First 43 Days of Kepler Data Released
NASA's Kepler Mission has released 43 days of science data consisting of brightness changes for more than 156,000 stars originally targeted in an ongoing search for Earth-like planets outside of our solar system.
Read News: 1st Kepler Science Conference
06-01-2010
1st Kepler Science Conference
First Kepler Science Conference: 2011 December 5-6-7
Read News: Kepler Website Honored
04-13-2010
Kepler Website Honored
The Kepler website has been selected as an Official 2010 Webbie Award Honoree.
Read News: Kepler One Year Anniversary
03-04-2010
Kepler One Year Anniversary
One year ago this week, NASA’s Kepler Mission soared into the dark night sky, leaving a bright glow in its wake as it began its search for other worlds like Earth.
Read News: Kepler Receives Systems Engineering Award
01-05-2010
Kepler Receives Systems Engineering Award
Kepler Receives NASA 2010 Systems Engineering Excellence Award
Read News: The First Five
01-04-2010
The First Five
NASA's Kepler space telescope, designed to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of sun-like stars, has discovered its first five new exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system. Kepler's high sensitivity to both small and large planets enabled the discovery of the exoplanets, named Kepler 4b, 5b, 6b, 7b and 8b. The discoveries were announced Monday, Jan. 4, by the members of the Kepler science team during a news briefing at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington.
Read News: The Big Reveal
12-31-2009
The Big Reveal
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Kepler Mission scientists will reveal the space telescope's latest discoveries at a news briefing in Washington on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. The announcement will be made at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) at a news conference during the 215th national meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel.
Read News: Kepler experienced a safe mode event on November 18
11-23-2009
Kepler experienced a safe mode event on November 18
Kepler experienced a safe mode event on November 18. A safe mode is a self-protective measure that the spacecraft takes when something unexpected occurs. During safe mode, the spacecraft points the solar panels directly at the sun and begins to slowly rotate about a sun-aligned axis. Science data collection was resumed by the evening of November 20.
Read News: Kepler's Search for Small Worlds Hampered by Noisy Electronics.
11-06-2009
Kepler's Search for Small Worlds Hampered by Noisy Electronics.
In spite of electronic components that are creating extraneous noise on board the Kepler space telescope, NASA officials are confident the mission will be able by 2011 to either detect Earth-size planets or reveal that those planets are uncommon
Read News: First Phase
08-06-2009
First Phase
NASA'S Kepler Mission Spies Changing Phases in a Distant World
Read News: NASA Announces Briefing About Kepler's Early Science Results
08-03-2009
NASA Announces Briefing About Kepler's Early Science Results
WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a media briefing on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. EDT, to discuss early science results of the Kepler mission. Kepler is the first spacecraft with the ability to find Earth-size planets orbiting stars like our sun in a zone where liquid water could exist.