[Host begins at 2m50s] Greetings! We're here at the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society with scientists from around the world who are doing exciting research with the Kepler and #K2Mission. We'll be taking questions from your comments. So, add them below and give a shout when you join!
In a few hours, we'll be broadcasting live from the American Astronomical Society meeting where more than 2,500 astronomers have gathered to science! We're excited to connect with you and share some of the cool research scientists from around the world are doing with the Kepler and #K2missions. Set your alarm for 730 PT / 930 CT / 1530 UT.

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Hey y'all, Friday at 930 CT we'll be broadcasting *live* from the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Join the Facebook Live and meet scientists from our third rock from the sun, and hear about the cool research their doing with the Kepler spacecraft. Dr. Tom Barclay, Kepler and #K2mission guest observer director, will intro you to guests studying #exoplanets, young and old...
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Greetings from the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society! This week we're here in Grapevine, Texas with a couple thousand astronomers to talk about the latest results and research using data from #Kepler and the #K2Mission! Follow #AAS229 to see what's happening at the meeting. We'll be making posts on Central Time Zone.

Later this week we're having a #FacebookLive. There you'll...
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Congratulations, Bill! :)

"This is a worthy acknowledgment of Bill Borucki's vision and the commitment of the Kepler mission team. Kepler has re-written the narrative in contemporary astronomy by proving what scientists long suspected—that planets are common in our Milky Way galaxy. This essential leap in knowledge allows us to take the next important steps in ascertaining whether life could...
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NASA Kepler Visionary Honored As Fellow By AAAS

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The Kepler spacecraft keeps humming along making observations for K2's eleventh campaign, which include 14,250 new targets, the Galactic Center and Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus. The team has also had changes in personnel and appoints two women to to lead the mission science operations for both Kepler and the #K2mission.

K2 Marching On With Campaign 11

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The Kepler team from NASA Ames Research Center is at the Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day TODAY, and they have 3D models of the spacecraft to check out! Come down and say greetings, Earthlings!

#BASF16 #STEM #Exoplanets #PlanetsAreEverywhere

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BayAreaScience.org | Discovery Day at AT&T Park

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The month of October marks the 21st anniversary of the discovery of the first planet orbiting another 'normal' or main sequence star, #exoplanet 51 Pegasi b. Read and share more of humankind's space odyssey in the search for another earth.

A Space Odyssey: 21 Years of Searching for Another Earth

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FOUND: a patch of stars which spin so fast they're squashed into pumpkin-like shapes. A day on the fastest spinning star is only 5.5 hours! The fastest 'pumpkin' star is more than 10 times larger than the sun and emits X-rays 4,000 times that of the sun. The stars are thought to be the result of close binary systems where two sun-like stars merge.

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Matters of the heart can be puzzling and mysterious -- so too with unusual stars called heartbeat stars.

“The mere existence of heartbeat stars is a bit of a puzzle. All the tidal stretching of these heartbeat stars should have quickly caused the system to evolve into a circular orbit. A third star in the system is one way to create the highly stretched-out, elliptical orbits we observe,"...
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'Heartbeat Stars' Unlocked in New Study

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A new study using Kepler data finds clouds on distant "hot Jupiters" made of manganese sulfide and silicate.

"The cloud formation is very different from what we know in the solar system," said Vivien Parmentier, a NASA Sagan Fellow and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona, Tucson, who was the lead author of the study. "Cloud composition changes with planet temperature. The...
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Cloudy Nights, Sunny Days on Distant Hot Jupiters

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In this episode of #NASASiliconValley, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist Elisa Quintana shares her story on becoming a planet formation researcher.

Elisa Quintana, Kepler/K2 Mission: NASA in Silicon Valley Podcast

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As the Rosetta Mission headed for a #cometlanding, the #K2mission nabbed a wide-angle view of comet 67P.

NASA's Kepler Gets the 'Big Picture' of Comet 67P

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In the latest episode of the #NASASiliconValley podcast, Steve Howell, senior research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, talks about his path to NASA, searching for exoplanets and working on the #K2mission, and his latest study of the #TRAPPIST1 system. Check it out!

Steve Howell, Senior Research Scientist on Astrophysics: Podcast

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When it comes to exoplanets, astronomers only know the properties of the planets they discover as well as they know the properties of the stars being orbited. For a planet's size, precisely characterizing the host star can mean the difference in our understanding of whether a distant world is small like Earth or huge like Jupiter.

Know Thy Star, Know Thy Planet

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#K2mission project scientist Jessie Dotson talks #StarTrek50 science fact and fiction:

“The cell phone I’m talking to you on right now is such a ubiquitous part of your life you don’t think about it. But the first time I talked on one, I was like, 'Oh my God! That’s just like on Star Trek.'”

Star Trek tech: From science fiction to science fact

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Mission director or boss of the Kepler spacecraft, Marcie Smith, discusses the high-pressure situation of commanding a spacecraft through an emergency from 74 million miles away. At that distance, Marcie and team waited 13 minutes for the spacecraft to receive and send back confirmation of their command.

Imagine waiting 13 minutes to learn if the query you entered in Google search provided...
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CRISIS IN SPACE SOLUTION ON EARTH

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Did you catch Kepler's Dr. Tom Barclay and Curiosity's Bobak Ferdowsi during the Facebook Live event at Star Trek: Mission New York this weekend? NO....? Well, tune-in at 14:40 for a lively update on the state of exoplanets and the Kepler and K2 missions.
It was a delight to participate in and honor the 50th anniversary of the incredibly influential Star Trek universe this past weekend in New York City!

Here are some of the highlights from NASA. See if you can spot Kepler's very own planet-hunter, Dr. Elisa Quintana.
Join Science Officer Lt. Tom Barclay on his #FacebookLive away mission with Bobak "the Mohawk Guy" Ferdowsi and NASA Planetquest tomorrow at #StarTrekNY!