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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.

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

NExScI opens the LBTI archive

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'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.

Planets Deep within Our Galaxy

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

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.

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.

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.

2014 Sagan Summer Workshop

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.

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 101

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.