The missions

Kepler & K2 provide long-baseline, high-precision photometry for exoplanet and astrophysics research.

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K2 observing

K2 is a community-driven mission: targets and funding are awarded through open calls for proposals.

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Data analysis

Pixel data, lightcurves, and analysis software are publicly available with no proprietary period.

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News for scientists

Save the date for Kepler & K2 SciCon IV, June 19-23, 2017

The Kepler & K2 SciCon IV: Legacy & Scion will take place June 19-23, 2017, at NASA Ames Research Center in California. This conference will celebrate the legacy of the Kepler mission and will explore how the K2 mission is extending that legacy.

Stay tuned for additional details!

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Stellar properties available for EPIC targets from Campaigns 1-8

The K2 Ecliptic Plane Input Catalog (EPIC), which is hosted at MAST, has been updated to include stellar classifications for 138,600 targets (~88% of all targets) in Campaigns 1-8. The stellar properties were derived using colors, proper motions, spectroscopy, parallaxes, and galactic population synthesis models. This update supports target ...

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Raw data for K2 Campaign 9a now available at MAST

The currently on-going K2 Campaign 9 is dedicated to a microlensing experiment, aimed at simultaneously observing gravitional microlensing events with K2 and from Earth in order to see a parallax effect in the shape and time of the lensing events. To allow such events to be identified and characterized rapidly ...

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K2 Campaign 7 data available

Target pixel files for long and short cadence targets for K2 Campaign 7 are now available for download from the K2 data archive at MAST. Light curves are also available for long cadence targets.

In Campaign 7 there was a significant drop in the number of targets observed relative to ...

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Kepler recovered and K2 mission underway again

The Kepler spacecraft has officially been recovered since it was first discovered to be in Emergency Mode on April 7. Science operations are now resuming as planned, with K2 Campaign 9 beginning today, April 22. Campaign 9 involves the spacecraft looking toward the Galactic Center to primarily search for gravitational ...

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K2 Campaigns 11, 12 and 13 Director's Discretionary Targets Program

As in Cycle 3, the Guest Observer (GO) Office is providing a faster mechanism for headline astrophysics in K2 GO Cycle 4, via the Director's Discretionary Target (DDT) program. The purpose of the DDT program for K2 is to:

  • respond to targets of opportunity, e.g. newly discovered exoplanets ...
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