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 or …
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K2 Special Session at #AAS228 on 13 Jun 2016

The K2 mission will have a special session at the 228th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) being held in San Diego, California this summer.

On Monday, 13 Jun 2016, from 10:00 am - 11:30 am in room "Indigo A" at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, we will …

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Presenting results at AAS that have public appeal? Let us know!

The K2 mission is well into its second year of operations and is routinely producing exciting and significant science from its observations of fields along the ecliptic. The prime Kepler mission also continues to yield scientifically significant results from its four-year-long observations of the Cygnus-Lyra region.

While we consider each …

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Problem with DR24 short cadence data

The Q2--Q16 Data Release 24 (DR24) short-cadence (SC) data, which was processed with the SOC 9.2 pipeline, is incorrect and virtually unusable for projects requiring high photometric precision. The problem was traced to an error in the pipeline module that calibrates the pixels, specifically in how it handles the …

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K2 Campaign 9 Microlensing Science Team selected

K2 Campaign 9 will be executed in April 2016 and will be dedicated to a study of gravitational microlensing events. The Campaign 9 microlensing experiment involves the Kepler spacecraft observing in the +VV direction at fields toward the Galactic bulge. The aim of this program is to simultaneously observe gravitational …

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K2 Campaign 4 data release

Target pixel files, light curves, and full frame images for Campaign 4 are available for download from the K2 data archive at MAST. In Campaign 4, 15,853 long cadence and 122 short cadence targets were observed. Additionally, large circular pixel masks were collected that cover bright 3-5 mag B-stars …

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Call for spectroscopy targets for UKIRT program

The Kepler/K2 project office has been awarded 30 hours to use UIST on the UK Infrared Telescope, UKIRT, for spectroscopic characterization of K2 targets. The aim of the UKIRT program is to provide a uniform catalog of K-band spectra of K2 targets of interest, with a focus on cool …

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