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Project Blue and the Quest to Photograph Exoplanets

The world’s collective imagination to answer the age-old question, “Are we alone,” has been reignited now that we understand exoplanets – planets in orbit around stars other than Earth’s Sun – are not uncommon.
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Kepler’s Final Survey Catalog

Kepler, the space observatory launched in 2009, has completed its final search through the data collected from its first four years of operation.  During this time, we observed ~200,000 stars, almost continuously, looking
Kepler Spacecraft   Credit: NASA

SETI Institute Scientist Jeffrey Coughlin to Become K2 Science Office Director

Effective July 1, 2017 SETI Institute scientist Jeffrey Coughlin will become the K2 Science Office Director.
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MOUNTAIN VIEW – Astronomers using NASA’s Kepler space telescope have found a planet 219 light-years away that seems to be a close relative to Venus.  This newly discovered world is only slightly larger than Earth, and orbits a low-temperature star called Kepler-1649 that’s one-fifth the diameter
Kepler Spacecraft   Credit: NASA

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

The NASA Kepler and K2 Team is the winner of the National Space Society’s 2017 Space Pioneer Award in the Science and Engineering category. This prestigious award will be presented to team representatives Charles K.Sobeck, Project Manager, and Dr.
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MOUNTAIN VIEW – Three SETI Institute scientists have received NASA’s most prestigious honors for their work in the burgeoning field of exoplanet research.
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Newborn Planet Being Kicked Out of the Nest

Young planets, like young children, don’t always play nicely. Paul Kalas, a SETI Institute astronomer and adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley reported today on a system caught in the act of planetary misbehavior.