2015 Exoplanet Archive News

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For previous years' news items, see the 2014, 2013, and 2011-12 news archives.

February 26, 2015: Three new K2 planets! K2-3 b, c and d have been added to the Confirmed Planets table. In other K2 news, target lists for K2 campaigns 3 and 4 have been released with the corresponding WISE photometry. From the K2 Targets interactive table, click Select Columns, expand the Photometry Columns submenu and then select the WISE columns (see image below). Or, from the planet's Overview page, expand the Photometric Measurements submenu and select the stellar photometry items.

February 19, 2015: This week we've added Kepler-447 b and WASP-82 b, plus microlensing light curves for OGLE 2013-BLG-341L B and OGLE 2012-BLG-358L (see download instructions). Also, updated stellar and planetary parameters.

February 12, 2015: Our release of this week's new planet, OGLE 2014-BLG-124L b, includes Spitzer and ground-based microlensing light curves that allow a measurement of the distance to the host star and planet. Access the light curves through the planet's Overview page (see instructions in the Jan. 29, 2015 news item, below).

February 5, 2015: Three new planets: BD+49 828 b, HD 95127 b and HD 216536 b. Plus, various updated parameters. View them all in the Confirmed Planets table.

How to Request K2 Numbers from NExScI Following the practice adopted during the Kepler prime mission and continued during the Kepler extended mission, confirmed planets with K2 data will receive a K2 designation with the format K2-1 b. See the K2 Numbers page for more information.

January 29, 2015: Six planets—five from Kepler and one from OGLE—have been added to the Confirmed Planets table. View their Overview pages: OGLE 2013-BLG-102L b, Kepler-444 b, c, d, e & f. We have also updated stellar and default parameters for several objects.

Also, the Q1-Q16 Kepler Stellar table now has values that enable users to compute completeness. See the API column definitions page for details.

We have new time series for 41 microlensing planets, all of them associated with the following planet host stars: OGLE 2005-BLG-390L, OGLE 2006-BLG-109L, OGLE 2007-BLG-368L and MOA 2009-BLG-266L. Access the time series through the Literature Time Series section in the stars' Planet Host Overview pages (see directions, below).

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January 22, 2015: API now supports cone search! Our application programming interface (API) now supports cone searches, so users may specify an area of the sky to search for all objects within that area. See the Query Syntax section of the API User Guide for instructions.

January 15, 2015: Nine more confirmed Kepler planets have a home in the archive. See data on Kepler-433 b, Kepler-434 b, Kepler-435 b, Kepler-445 b, Kepler-445 c, Kepler-445 d, Kepler-446 b, Kepler-446 c, and Kepler-446 d in the Confirmed Planets table.

TCE Q1-17 DR24 Data: Also, our newest data table offers the Q1-17 DR24 Threshold-Crossing Events data. See the Kepler TCE documentation page for more details, or go directly to the data by selecting Threshold-Crossing Events (TCEs) from the Data pull-down menu at the top of any archive web page.

Kepler Stellar Q1-17 DR24 Data: The latest release of Kepler stellar data contains the values used during the Q1-17 DR24 pipeline run. This catalog includes updated stellar parameters for over 3,000 KOI host stars.

January 8, 2015: Six more confirmed planets have been announced! See the Overview pages for HD 564 b, HD 30669 b, HD 108341 b, HD 103720 b, BD-11 4672 b and HD 145934 b, or view parameters in the Confirmed Planets table.

Also, the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) now links to the archive from published papers with confirmed planets. Click the On-line data link in the upper-left corner of a paper's abstract to view either a list of links to Overview pages (for multi-planet papers) or to go directly to the Confirmed Planets table (for single-object papers). The following example is from the Marcy et al. (2014) paper.


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January 6, 2015: With eight new planets announced this week, we've topped the 1,000-mark for confirmed planets discovered by the Kepler mission! Added this week are: Kepler-436 b, Kepler-437 b, Kepler-438 b, Kepler-439 b, Kepler-440 b, Kepler-441 b, Kepler-442 b, Kepler-443 b.

Three of the planets are in the habitable zone, two of which are small enough to be rocky. View all of them in the Confirmed Planets table or click on the links in this news item to view their respective Overview pages. Also, view NASA's press release. (Image Credit: Getty Images/D. van Ravenswaay)