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NExScI is the science operations and analysis center for NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program. We provide tools and archives for the exoplanet community, administer the Sagan program of fellowships and workshops, and support the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer and administration of the NASA Keck telescope time. Click here to see past headlines and events.
Sagan Fellow Jared Males is lead author on a recent ApJ paper
describing images of an exoplanet obtained with an Earth-based telescope using essentially the same type of imaging sensor found in digital cameras. The technology still has a long way to go, however the accomplishment takes astronomers a small step closer to imaging earth-like planets around other stars. Sagan Fellow Katie Morzinski is a co-author on the paper.
The NASA Exoplanet Archive
has added the recently announced 715 new Kepler planets. These are described in papers by Rowe et al
and Lissauer et al
. and also in a NASA Ames press release
. With this announcement, Kepler now accounts for 57% of all confirmed planets. Click here to explore the NASA Exoplanet Archive
Using NASA Keck time, PI Justin Crepp and his team have imaged a brown dwarf that can serve as a benchmark for studying objects with masses that lie between stars and planets. Click for the ApJ paper
and the WMKO press release
The 2014B call is now available with proposals due March 20. Click here
for more information.
Registration and the financial aid application are now available for the 2014 Sagan Summer Workshop on Imaging Planets and Disks
(July 20-25, 2014). Click here
for more information.
Future efforts to image exoplanets directly will concentrate on the nearest and brightest stars.
A catalog listing
the properties of such stars is now available for use in planning such missions (e.g. WFIRST-AFTA).
Archived videos of talks, including the public lecture by Frank Drake
, are available as links on the agenda page
. Posters are also available as links on this page
Read the statement
of Dr. John M. Grunsfeld, NASA's Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, before the Congressional Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Space.
The Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) has released raw images and spectra from the Low Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (LRIS). As of Oct 1, 3,480 nights of LRIS data have been archived, and 3,294 nights are public. These data go back as far as 1994. Access LRIS data here
For an introduction to NExScI's managed and supported data tools, archives, telescope time, meetings, and fellowships, click here
. This PDF file contains the NExScI brochure and handouts prepared for the January 2014 AAS meeting in Washington DC. The movie that we show at the NExScI booth can be viewed here