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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.
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
The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) is a NASA-funded instrument built and operated by the University of Arizona to study extrasolar planetary systems. The LBTI archive
at NExScI contains all NASA data from the LBTI. Current holdings correspond to the Nulling mode commissioning period (Dec 2013 - May 2015), including science verification data for the NASA Exozodi survey (HOSTS, Hunt for Observables Signatures of Terrestrial Systems).
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
Sagan Fellow Jennifer Yee is the lead author on a recent ApJ
paper that used Spitzer data along with ground-based data to find a remote gas planet ~13,000 light-years away, making it one of the most distant planets known. Read the full story here
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.
for applications for the 2016 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships is now open with applications due on November 5. Click here
for more information.
NExScI is pleased to present the 2015 class of Sagan Postdoctoral Fellows! Click here
to meet them and to read about their research.
All presentations and videos of the presentations from this year's workshop on Exoplanetary System Demographics: Theory and Observation
are now posted. Click here
Presentations from the 2015 Sagan Fellows Symposium are now posted here
Videos of the presentations from this year's workshop on Imaging Planets and Disks
are now posted, view them here
and on the Sagan Summer Workshop YouTube channel
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).
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.
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.
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 June 2014 AAS meeting in Boston. The movie that we show at the NExScI booth can be viewed here