Kepler

Kepler, K2, TESS and Beyond: The Era of Exoplanets has arrived!

Jeff Coughlin, SETI Institute scientist and Director of the K2 Science Office will giving a public talk at Olympic College in Bremerton, WA. NASA’s Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009 and measured the brightness of 200,000 stars at unprecedented precision for over four years, with the prime mission goal of detecting Earth-sized exoplanets. Now after another four years, Kepler’s final…

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series: A Planet for Goldilocks – Searching for Earth 2.0 Among the Stars

This Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series event has passed, but a video of the lecture can be found here. Dr. Natalie Batalha of NASA’s Kepler Project will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk. "Not too hot, not too cold" begins the prescription for a world that's just right for life as we know it. Finding evidence of life beyond Earth is one of the primary goals of science agencies…
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The Mysterious Star KIC 8462852

The SETI Institute is following up on the possibility that the stellar system KIC 8462852 might be home to an advanced civilization. This star, slightly brighter than the Sun and more than 1400 light-years away, has been the subject of scrutiny by NASA’s Kepler space telescope.  It has shown some surprising behavior that’s odd even by the generous standards of cosmic phenomena.  KIC 8462852…
Exoplanet

Space aliens could have died out long ago, scientist says

He's dead, Jim.” So sayeth Leonard “Bones” McCoy, the plainspoken doctor in the original "Star Trek" television series, to Captain James Kirk whenever an alien croaks in their high-tech sickbay. Expired extraterrestrials have been frequent players in many sci-fi potboilers, and for obvious dramatic reasons. But how about entire alien societies? A research team under the leadership of French…

Big Astronomy Begins: Searching for Exoplanets with AI

To uncover the mysteries of the universe, astronomers are becoming greedy, making more observations than they can possibly analyze manually. Large photometric surveys from space telescopes like Kepler and the future TESS are no exception and today modern astronomers use artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to help them reveal the existence of exoplanets hidden in many years of observations of…

Kepler, K2, and Beyond: The Era of Exoplanets Has Arrived!

NASA’s Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009 and measured the brightness of 200,000 stars at unprecedented precision for over four years, with the prime mission goal of detecting Earth-sized exoplanets. Now after another four, Kepler’s final planet catalog is complete --- over 4,000 planet candidates have been found, with 50 of them possibly rocky and capable of having liquid water. For the…
Kepler Spacecraft

Kepler’s Final Survey Catalog

Kepler, the space observatory launched in 2009, has completed its final search through the data collected from its first four years of operation.  During this time, we observed ~200,000 stars, almost continuously, looking for the small change in brightness that occurs when a planet passes between the star and us. This is what we call a transit. Kepler has found a plethora of diverse planets in…
Kepler Spacecraft   Credit: NASA

SETI Institute Scientist Jeffrey Coughlin to Become K2 Science Office Director

Effective July 1, 2017 SETI Institute scientist Jeffrey Coughlin will become the K2 Science Office Director. When the Kepler telescope launched in 2009, its primary science objective was to detect exoplanets, particularly those located within the habitable zones of Sun-like stars. Kepler uses the transit method to detect exoplanets. The transit method measures the dimming of a star when an…
Kepler Spacecraft   Credit: NASA

The Kepler-K2 Team Wins the National Space Society’s 2017 Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering

The NASA Kepler and K2 Team is the winner of the National Space Society’s 2017 Space Pioneer Award in the Science and Engineering category. This prestigious award will be presented to team representatives Charles K.Sobeck, Project Manager, and Dr. Natalie Batalha, Project Scientist, on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the National Space Society’s 2017 International Space Development Conference® (isdc.nss.…