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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.

Planets Deep within Our Galaxy

Sagan Fellow Jennifer Yee is the lead author on a recent ApJ paper that uses Spitzer data along with ground-based data to find a remote gas planet about 13,000 light-years away, making it one of the most distant planets known. Read the full story here

Telescope To Seek Dust Where Other Earths May Lie

The NASA-funded Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, or LBTI, has completed its first study of dust in the "habitable zone" around a star, opening a new door to finding planets like Earth. Dust is a natural byproduct of the planet-formation process, but too much of it can block our view of planets. The findings will help in the design of future space missions that have the goal of taking pictures of planets similar to Earth, called exo-Earths. NExScI provides data archiving and public distribution and project science functions for the LBTI for NASA.

Stardust Not Likely to Block Planet Portraits

A study by Bertrand Mennesson (JPL) and Rafael Millan-Gabet (NExScI) used Keck Interferometer data to tightly constrain the amount of exozodi dust likely to be encountered by future missions to image exo-Earths. The study also found a link between warm dust in the habitable zones of nearby Sun-like stars and more distant colder dust reservoirs analogous to the Kuiper belt. This link could be used to select stars around which to search for exo-Earths. Read more in the full stories from JPL and WMKO.

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

Registration and the POP/poster submission for the 2015 Sagan Summer workshop on Exoplanetary System Demographics: Theory and Observation are now available. The workshop will be held July 27-31 at Caltech. Click here for more information.

Sagan Fellows Symposium

The agenda for the 2015 symposium is now posted. The symposium, on May 7-8, 2015, provides an opportunity for current and past Sagan/Michelson fellows to present their current research. Click here to register for free and for more information. All are welcome to attend!

Call for 2015B NASA Keck Proposals

The 2015B call is now closed. Click here for more information.

Call for 2015 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications

The call for applications for the 2015 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships is now closed. Click here for more information on the program.

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

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, including WCS information derived by KOA; and reduced (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.