Scientists confirm a harmony of orbits that predicts 19-day 'year' for outermost #TRAPPIST1 planet.

A team of researchers using the Kepler space telescope confirmed a mathematical pattern in the frequency at which each of the six innermost planets orbits their star, TRAPPIST-1. This complex but predictable pattern, called an orbital resonance, occurs when planets exert a regular, periodic...
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Scientists confirm a harmony of orbits that predicts 19day year for outermost

NASA's Kepler Confirms Details of TRAPPIST-1’s Least Understood Planet

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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.
The Kepler spacecraft keeps humming along making observations for K2s eleventh campaign

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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The Kepler team from NASA Ames Research Center is at the Bay

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.
The month of October marks the 21st anniversary of the discovery of

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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Matters of the heart can be puzzling and mysterious so too with

'Heartbeat Stars' Unlocked in New Study

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Yesterday TIME Magazine announced the 2017 #TIME100 list of the most influential people on our planet.

Today the three planet-hunters on the list -- Kepler and K2 Missions' Natalie Batalha, and Guillem Anglada-Escudé and Michaël Gillon --are gathered with many other influencers who are searching for life beyond the solar system.
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Natalie Batalha, Kepler project scientist... CONGRATULATIONS for being named to TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2017!

Your leadership on the Kepler mission and the search for life continues to help take us ever closer to answering the question: are we alone?

-- From all your colleagues and friends on the Kepler team

#NASA #TIME100 #exoplanets #stars

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Natalie Batalha Kepler project scientist CONGRATULATIONS for being named to TIME Magazines

Planet-Hunter Natalie Batalha on Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential

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On this day, in 1961, Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space, to orbit Earth. Pictured below is Yuri seated in the Vostok capsule.

The Kepler and K2 team will celebrate this important moment in history together with our colleagues at the California Academy of Sciences NightLife event tomorrow night. More information at the link below. Come join us!

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On this day in 1961 Yuri Gagarin was the first human in

Yuri's NightLife

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Ready to search for more planets? Check out the Zooniverse's new citizen scientist project #ExoplanetExplorers, and try your hand, well eyes at spotting the signal from the noise in the #K2mission data. And remember, someone else's noise might just be your planet!

Happy exploring!

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Ready to search for more planets Check out the Zooniverses new citizen

Zooniverse

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This week Natalie Batalha, NASA’s Kepler mission project scientist, received the 2017 Lecar Prize from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the study of exoplanets — planets outside our solar system — and theoretical astrophysics.

“The scientific success of the Kepler Mission is the direct result of the vision, creativity,...
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New updates from the mission manager, including a look at Kepler's #K2mission Campaign 13.

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New updates from the mission manager including a look at Kepler's K2mission Campaign 13

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We continue to do amazing work to develop and launch our missions and increase this nation’s technical capabilities across the board. The fiscal year 2018 budget proposal enables us to continue our work with industry to enhance government capabilities, send humans deeper into space, continue our innovative aeronautics efforts and explore our universe. The budget supports our continued...
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NEW #TRAPPIST1 data from Kepler available today!

Nearly two weeks ago, astronomers announced that TRAPPIST-1, our ultra-cool dwarf star neighbor approximately 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, hosts a total of seven (7!!) Earth-size planets that are likely rocky.

Fortunately, the Kepler space telescope also has trained its gaze on this star since December 2016. Today these...
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NEW TRAPPIST1 data from Kepler available today

NASA's Kepler Provides Another Peek At Ultra-cool Neighbor

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We are delighted and honored to receive the National Space Society's 2017 Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering! This award is in recognition for the teamwork across NASA, our partners, and the global scientific community who's tireless effort has opened up a new era of astronomy.

In May, mission leadership from NASA Ames Research Center will receive the award on behalf of the team...
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We are delighted and honored to receive the National Space Societys 2017

The Kepler-K2 Team Wins the National Space Society’s 2017 Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering

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[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!
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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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Greetings from the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society This week
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