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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.

MagAO First Light Observations of Beta pic

Sagan Fellow Katie Morzinski at the University of Arizona is the lead author on a recent paper that presents the 0.9-5 micron spectral energy distribution (SED) of young giant exoplanet beta Pic b. Sagan Fellow Jared Males is also an author on the paper. Read more about it on the MagAO UA MagAO blog and in the ApJ accepted paper.

First Photo of a Planet in the Making

University of Arizona astronomers have obtained the first images of exoplanets still in formation, using the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer and the Magellan Adaptive Optics instrument. These results appear in a Nature article led by UA graduate student Stephanie Sallum, and including as co-authors Sagan Fellows Jared Males and Katie Morzinski. Read the full story.

Breakthrough for Planet Hunters

A new optical component developed by astronomers at the UA, including NASA Sagan Fellow Jared Males, and Leiden University pushes the capability of detecting alien planets closer to their host stars than ever before. Read the full story here

NASA's NExSS Coalition to Lead Search for Life on Distant Worlds

NASA is bringing together experts spanning a variety of scientific fields for an unprecedented initiative dedicated to the search for life on planets outside our solar system. The NExSS leadership team includes Dawn Gelino of NExScI. Read the full story here.

Save the Date! 2016 Sagan Summer Workshop

The 2016 Sagan Summer Workshop on Looking for Planets in Astronomical Data will be held July 18-22, 2016 on the Caltech campus. Check back here often for more information.

Exoplanet Archive Job Posting

The NASA Exoplanet Archive is hiring a full-time scientist. Click here to read the full job description and for application instructions. The deadline for applications is November 1.

Call for 2016 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications

The call for applications for the 2016 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships is now open with applications due on November 5. Click here for more information.

Call for 2016A NASA Keck Proposals

The 2016A call is now open. In addition to the four science areas (Galactic, Extragalactic, Solar System and Exoplanets) as well as general mission support in these areas, the 2016A call solicits proposals for large Key Strategic Mission Support. Click here for more information.

Welcome to the 2015 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellows

NExScI is pleased to present the 2015 class of Sagan Postdoctoral Fellows! Click here to meet them and to read about their research.

2015 Sagan Summer Workshop

All presentations and videos of the presentations from this year's workshop on Exoplanetary System Demographics: Theory and Observation are now posted. Click here for links!

Sagan Fellows Symposium

Presentations from the 2015 Sagan Fellows Symposium are now posted here.

Nearby Star List Available

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).

White Paper Submissions to Keck Strategic Planning

Exoplanet Follow-up Observing Program for K2 (ExoFOP K2)

NExScI and the Exoplanet Archive are pleased to announce the ExoFOP-K2, a website designed to optimize resources and facilitate collaboration in follow-up studies of K2 targets by serving as a repository for community-gathered follow-up data.

KOA Releases OSIRIS Data

The Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) announces the first public release of OSIRIS data. These data products contain complete sets of metadata for raw (level 0) images; and level 1 browse products derived from the public OSIRIS pipeline, automated by KOA. Finally, the search engine returns the optimum set of calibration files for reduction of raw science files. Altogether, we have released data from 1,003 nights, containing 32,000 science files (2.4 TB). Data from all active instruments at the Keck Observatory are now in the public domain.

NExScI opens the LBTI archive

The LBTI archive at NExScI contains all NASA data from the LBTI. Current holdings correspond to the Nulling mode commissioning period, including science verification data for the NASA Exozodi survey (HOSTS, Hunt for Observables Signatures of Terrestrial Systems).