K2 Campaign 16 completed successfully

News article posted on by Geert Barentsen

The Kepler spacecraft successfully completed its K2 Campaign 16 on February 25th, and the full data set has now been downlinked via NASA's Deep Space Network.

To enable users to make use of the current visibility of the Campaign 16 field from the ground, the raw cadence data files have been made public immediately via the K2 data archive at MAST.

The use of the raw, uncalibrated data files requires an intimate understanding of their format and caveats. For scientific investigations that are not time-critical, we recommend that users wait for the calibrated and quality-controlled data products to become available in approximately 3 months.

Meanwhile, K2's Campaign 17 is scheduled to start on March 2nd at 01:00 UTC.