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Planet Occurrence Rates with Kepler: Reaching Towards the Habitable Zone

Chris Burke discusses the latest results in measuring terrestrial planet occurrence rates using the planet candidates discovered by the Kepler pipeline.
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  • Chris Burke discusses the latest results in measuring terrestrial planet occurrence rates using the planet candidates discovered by the Kepler pipeline.
  • exoplanet with dyson swarm
    For over a half century astronomers have been seeking out signs of sentient life in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Now a group of scientists wants to reverse this strategy. Instead of searching for signs of life beyond Earth, they want to hunt for signs of death in the cosmos.
    exoplanet with dyson swarm
  • Dr. Tom Barclay gives an overview of the innovative engineering that will prolong the life of NASA's Kepler spacecraft and do long-term, simultaneous optical observation of thousands of objects at high precision.
  • Itokawa asteroid
    Since earlier this year, a rumor has been floating around the internet that a large asteroid will impact in the Caribbean in September, causing global destruction. This rumor is completely false.
    Itokawa asteroid
  • OPUS screenshot
    Congratulations to Mark Showalter and his team on NASA’s PDS Program Selection! NASA has announced that the team led by Mark Showalter, Planetary Astronomer and Senior Research Scientist at the SETI Institute Carl Sagan Center (CSC), has been selected to continue serving as the PDS Node for ring science.
    OPUS screenshot
  • What do we know about the composition, surface, depth and distribution of liquid on Saturn's largest moon, Titan? Stanford University's Howard Zbker uncovers some of the mysteries of Titan's lakes by analyzing data from the Cassini altimeter and radiometer.
  • Some of the results of the public naming campaign for Pluto are already showing up on maps.
  • jenniskens meteor
    An amateur has discovered a trove of meteorites on Misfits Flat dry lake in Nevada. No meteorites had been found at this tiny lakebed before. In an unusual twist, at least some of those turn out to have fallen less than 300 years ago.
    jenniskens meteor
  • Kepler 452b
    SETI Institute scientists Douglas Caldwell, Jeffrey Coughlin and Joseph Twicken discuss the Kepler team's catalog of new planets, including Kepler 452b. Hosted by SETI Institute Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research Seth Shostak.
    Kepler 452b
  • Pluto
    It made it. At 4:49 am Pacific Time, July 14, the New Horizons spacecraft slid by Pluto’s mottled orb and headed deeper into the voids of the solar system. The flyby’s closest approach lasted only three minutes.

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