2016-2017 NExScI News and Press Releases

For previous years' news items, see the 2001-2009, 2010-2011, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 news archives.

February 2016: New Look for NExScI Website

NExScI is pleased to roll out a new look for its website. Most pages have been updated however links to older format pages remain live.

April 7, 2016: Mass, Age, and Composition of a Brown Dwarf Revealed

NASA Keck PI Justin Crepp (Univ. of Notre Dame) is the first author on a paper that calculates the mass of a brown dwarf (HD 4747 B) directly using observations of its orbit. These direct measurements will provide a testbed to help refine brown dwarf models. Read the press release here. NExScI manages NASA's portion of time on the Keck telescopes.

July 18, 2016: K2 Discovers 100+ New Planets

Sagan Fellow Ian Crossfield is the lead author on a paper describing a treasure trove of new worlds discovered using NASA's Kepler spacecraft on its K2 mission. Read all about it here.

October 18, 2016: Cloudy Nights, Sunny Days on Distant Hot Jupiters

Sagan Fellow Vivien Parmentier is the lead author on a paper that combined Kepler data with computer models to infer global cloud patterns on these distant worlds for the first time. Read all about it here.

October 21, 2016: Heartbeat Stars

Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow Avi Shporer is lead author on a paper that measured the orbits of 19 heartbeat star systems, the largest batch ever characterized in a single study. Read all about it here.

March 29, 2017: NASA Announces Astronomy and Astrophysics Fellows for 2017

Read about the three new Sagan Fellows who will be joining the NASA named fellowship class of 2017.