SETI Institute Weekly Colloquium

Important Note: March 27 will be the final SETI Talk Weekly Colloquium at Microsoft’s Mountain View campus. The SETI Institute is grateful for the support this program has received from Microsoft, for hosting these events, to Adrian Brown for organizing them, and to Leonard Tramiel for his generous sponsorship of the program.

SETI Talks will return! We are currently identifying a new venue and will share all the details as soon as they are finalized. In the meantime, there will be a brief hiatus following the event on March 27.

Microsoft mapAt the Microsoft Campus in Mountain view

1065 La Avenida St, Mountain View CA 
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FREE and open to the public. Tuesdays, noon to 1pm

Monday, March 27 2017 - 12:00 pm, PDT

Latest Exoplanet Results from NASA's Kepler/K2 Mission

Ian Crossfield
UC Santa Cruz

The all-sky TESS mission will soon revolutionize our view of planets transiting the nearest, brightest stars to the Sun, just as the four-year survey by NASA's Kepler mission transformed our understanding of exoplanet demographics. Using the repurposed Kepler spacecraft, the ongoing K2 mission provides a natural transition from Kepler to TESS in terms of sky coverage, survey duration, and intensity of ground-based follow-up observations. For the past three years I have led a large, multi-institutional team to discover, follow up, validate, and characterize hundreds of new candidates and planets using data from K2. I will highlight some of our key results from the first two years of K2 data, and will conclude with a discussion of the path forward to future exoplanet discovery and characterization.