Two Kepler Special Sessions at the Winter AAS

News article posted on by Geert Barentsen

The 233rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), which is being held in Seattle in January, will feature two Special Sessions dedicated to Kepler and K2.

The first session, titled "Kepler and K2's 500,000 high-precision lightcurves: prospects for future discoveries" will look forward to the future discoveries expected from Kepler's large and unprecedented data set, discuss new and emerging uses of the data, and discuss new software tools and novel analysis methods. The session will be held on Thursday, January 10th at 10am, and will consist of invited talks, a panel discussion, and contributed posters.

The second session, titled "First Results from the Kepler/K2 Supernova Experiment", will feature new results from the diverse set of extragalactic transients which have recently been observed by Kepler. This session will take place on Tuesday, January 8th at 2pm.

Abstract submission is now open for contributed posters, and we encourage everyone to submit an abstract to present the potential of future discoveries using Kepler and K2 data. Abstracts are due 3 October 2018 via the standard AAS abstract submission system (select the option "Special Sessions Accepting Posters" in Step 3 of your submission). Researchers who prefer to present a talk are encouraged to select the "Contributed Oral session" option instead.

The talk schedules are listed below.

Kepler and K2's 500,000 high-precision lightcurves: prospects for future discoveries
AAS Special Session, Thursday Jan 10, 2019.

  • 10:00am — “Kepler and K2's 500,000 lightcurves” — Jessie Dotson, NASA Ames
  • 10:10am — “Are there more planets left in the Kepler and K2 data?” — Christina Hedges, Kepler/K2 GO Office
  • 10:20am — “What is left to learn about Kepler/K2 planet host stars?” — Daniel Huber, University of Hawaii
  • 10:30am — “What will Kepler/K2 teach us about our Galaxy?” — James Davenport, University of Washington
  • 10:40am — “What will Kepler/K2 teach us about other galaxies?” — Krista Lynne Smith, Stanford University
  • 10:50am — “How can new data analysis methods get more out of Kepler/K2 data” — Dan Foreman-Mackey, Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Astrophysics
  • 11:00am — “How can machine learning contribute to mining Kepler / K2 data?” — Megan Ansdell, UC Berkeley
  • 11:10m — Panel discussion.

First Results from the Kepler/K2 Supernova Experiment
AAS Special Session, Tuesday Jan 8, 2019.

  • 2:00pm — “Overview of the Kepler/K2 Supernova Experiment” — Jessie Dotson, Kepler/K2 Project Scientist
  • 2:10pm — Transients observed by the first Kepler Mission:
    • “Type II Plateau Supernovae with K2/Kepler” — Peter Garnavich, Notre Dame
    • “A Fast-Evolving, Luminous Transient Discovered by K2/Kepler” — Armin Rest, STScI
  • 2:20pm — “A Tidal Disruption Event in a Seyfert 2 Observed with K2” — Ed Shaya, UMD
  • 2:30pm — “Searching for Binary Companions in Kepler Type Ia SNe” — Ashley Villar, CfA
  • 2:40pm — K2 supernova SN 2018oh:
    • “K2 Observations of SN 2018oh Reveal a Two-Component Rising Light Curve for a Type Ia Supernova” — Georgios Dimitriadis, UC Santa Cruz
    • "Seeing Double: ASASSN-18bt Exhibits a double-power-law Rise in the Early-Time K2 Light Curve" — Ben Shappee, IfA
    • “Constraints on the ejecta parameters of SN 2018oh from photometry” — Wenxiong Li, Tsinghua University
  • 3:00pm — “Learning about SN Ia progenitors with SN 2018agk” — Gautham Narayan, STScI
  • 3:10pm — “The K2 Light curve of SN 2018adg” — Maria Drout, Toronto
  • 3:20pm — "The K2 Background Survey and a new WZ Sge star in K2" — Ryan Ridden-Harper, ANU