2015 Exoplanet Archive News

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

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)