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Kepler Mission

Kepler is a roughly 1-meter-diameter telescope that is staring at 150,000 Sun-like stars in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra. It will watch those stars for about three and a half years continuously, without ever closing its eyes. Kepler will look for events called transits, in which a planet briefly passes in front of its parent star, blocking a little bit of the star’s light. The goal is to find Earth-size planets around Sun-like stars.

Radio Programs

Kepler-444 A tight family of ancient planets December 18, 2020

More Kepler New discoveries from a dead mission March 8, 2019

Kepler A prolific planet hunter March 7, 2019

Future Cannibal A future act of stellar cannibalism May 6, 2018

Heartbeat Stars Watching stars change shape February 6, 2017

Searching for Neighbors III The mystery of Tabby’s Star November 9, 2016

16 Cygni A pair of old stellar neighbors November 6, 2016

Featured Images

Looking for Life December 17, 2018

Farewell to a Planet Hunter October 31, 2018