About the Transit and Ephemeris Service

Welcome to the Updated Transit and Ephemeris Service

The Transit and Ephemeris Service (or "Transit Service") is a planning tool for astronomers who want to know when scientific events, such as transits and orbital phase quadratures, will be happening, and when they can be observed. The predictions are based on information contained in the NASA Exoplanet Archive from the published literature, or input by users. There is also an application programming interface (API) that accepts entries by command line to pre-populate the service's web interface.

A redesigned and enhanced version of the service was released in March 2018. This iteration accommodates several new features, including:

  • Access to more data sets, including K2 Candidates,
  • the ability to upload multiple files, each with up to 100 object names,
  • the ability to load parameters from specific references,
  • the addition of new observation planning parameters.

In addition, the service now allows users to specify settings for ephemeris selection, algorithm preference, and target visibility constraints.

Feature or OptionOld InterfaceNew Interface
Input Table Selection Users were limited to selecting one data set (Confirmed Planets, KOIs, Radial Velocity Planets) User may select multiple data sets: Confirmed Planets (subsets: All, Transiting Planets, Radial Velocity Planets); KOIs (subsets: Confirmed, Candidates, and False Positives); and K2 Candidates (subsets: Confirmed, Candidates, and False Positives).
Input File Upload The service accepted one uploaded file with up to 50 object names. File upload now accepts multiple files, each with up to 100 object names.
Access to Published Parameter Sets N/A All parameter sets from the literature that have been added to the archive can now be browsed and loaded.
Most Precise Ephemeris SelectionN/A Users can now have the service determine which solution for a planet prediction is most precise and display only that result. This is useful for systems that have more than one orbital solution for a planet.
Prediction Algorithms Users chose either Transit Midpoint, Epoch of Periastron, or Epoch of Periastron (no planet radius)

Users may specify whether to use Orbital Elements (formerly Epoch of Periastron), Transit Ephemeris, or both algorithms. Note that Transit Ephemeris is the new name for Transit Midpoint and Orbital Elements was previously known as Epoch of Periastron. The underlying algorithms have not changed. See Transit Algorithms for details.

Note the No Planet Radius option is now applied automatically, when necessary.

Altitude and Twilight Cut-offs (Target Visibility Settings)N/A Users may specify minimum altitude (or maximum airmass) and the minimum angle of the Sun below the horizon for which the target is observable (for Civil, Nautical, or Astronomical Twilight). See Refining Transit Settings.
Ingress and Egress Times Ingress and egress times calculated with padding Ingress and egress times are calculated with and without padding for uncertainties. The new padded parameters are now called 1σ Event Window Start and 1σ Event Window End. See Transit Algorithms and Definitions of Transit Parameters for details.
Target Rise and Set Times N/A

Query results now include these values. See Definitions of Transit Parameters.

Approximate Twilight Start and End Times N/A Query results now include these values. See Definitions of Transit Parameters.
Duration Observable Periods N/A Query results now include the duration of observability before, during, and outside a transit. See Definitions of Transit Parameters.
Fraction of Transit Observable; Baseline Fraction Observable N/A Query results include these values. See Definitions of Transit Parameters.
Target Photometry N/A Query results include these (V, J, H, Ks, Gaia), when available. See Definitions of Transit Parameters.
Transit Depths (Measured and Calculated) N/A Query results include these values, when available. See Definitions of Transit Parameters.

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Last updated: 28 March 2018