Kepler Mission Design, Realized Photometric Performance, and Early Science

  title={Kepler Mission Design, Realized Photometric Performance, and Early Science},
  author={David G. Koch and William J. Borucki and Gibor Basri and Natalie M. Batalha and Timothy M. Brown and Douglas A. Caldwell and J. Christensen-Dalsgaard and William D. Cochran and E. K. Devore and Edward Wood Dunham and Thomas Gautier and John Charles Geary and Ronald L. Gilliland and A. D. Gould and Jon M. Jenkins and Yoji Kondo and David W. Latham and Jack J. Lissauer and Geoffrey W. Marcy and David G. Monet and Dimitar D. Sasselov and Alan P. Boss and Donald Eugene Brownlee and J. Caldwell and Andrea K. Dupree and Steve B. Howell and Hans Kjeldsen and Soeren Meibom and David R. Morrison and Tobias C. Owen and H. J. Reitsema and Jill Tarter and Stephen T. Bryson and Jessie Dotson and Paul R. Gazis and Michael R. Haas and Jeffrey Kolodziejczak and Jason F. Rowe and Jeffrey Edward van Cleve and Christopher D.C. Allen and Hema Chandrasekaran and Bruce D. Clarke and Jie Li and Elisa V. Quintana and Peter Tenenbaum and Joseph D. Twicken and Hayley Wu},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
The Kepler Mission, launched on 2009 March 6, was designed with the explicit capability to detect Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of solar-like stars using the transit photometry method. Results from just 43 days of data along with ground-based follow-up observations have identified five new transiting planets with measurements of their masses, radii, and orbital periods. Many aspects of stellar astrophysics also benefit from the unique, precise, extended, and nearly continuous data… Expand

Figures and Tables from this paper

Seismic Signatures of Stellar Magnetic Activity—What Can We Expect From TESS?
Asteroseismic methods offer a means to investigate stellar activity and activity cycles as well as to identify those properties of stars which are crucial for the operation of stellar dynamos. WithExpand
Comparing Three Pulsating Subdwarf B Stars Observed by Kepler in the Open Cluster NGC 6791
Using their entire Kepler data sets, I performed asteroseismic analyses and comparisons of three gravity (g-) mode pulsating subdwarf B (sdB) stars in the open cluster NGC 6791. I constructed lightExpand
Glimpses of stellar surfaces. II. Origins of the photometric modulations and timing variations of KOI-1452
The deviations of the mid-transit times of an exoplanet from a linear ephemeris are usually the result of gravitational interactions with other bodies in the system. However, these types of transitExpand
Survey of Period Variations of Superhumps in SU UMa-Type Dwarf Novae. VIII: The Eighth Year (2015-2016)
Continuing the project described by Kato et al. (2009, arXiv:0905.1757), we collected times of superhump maxima for 128 SU UMa-type dwarf novae observed mainly during the 2015-2016 season andExpand
Detecting non-uniform period spacings in the Kepler photometry of γ Doradus stars: methodology and case studies
Context. The analysis of stellar oscillations is one of the most reliable ways to probe stellar interiors. Recent space missions such as Kepler have provided us with an opportunity to study theseExpand
Flares in A-type stars?
Abstract Stellar flares are known to originate from magnetic reconnection in the atmospheres of late–type stars or through radiatively driven wind instabilities in early–type stars. Situated rightExpand
How do starspots influence the transit timing variations of exoplanets? Simulations of individual and consecutive transits
Transit timing variations (TTVs) of exoplanets are normally interpreted as the consequence of gravitational interaction with additional bodies in the system. However, TTVs can also be caused byExpand
The Information Content in Analytic Spot Models of Broadband Precision Light Curves
We present the results of numerical experiments to assess degeneracies in light curve models of starspots. Using synthetic light curves generated with the Cheetah starspot modeling code, we exploreExpand
Survey of Period Variations of Superhumps in SU UMa-Type Dwarf Novae. III. The Third Year (2010–2011)
Continuing the project described by Kato et al. (2009, PASJ 61, S395, arXiv:0905.1757), we collected times of superhump maxima for 51 SU UMa-type dwarf novae mainly observed during the 2010-2011Expand
AltaiPony - Flare science in Kepler, K2 and TESS light curves
  • E. Ilin
  • Computer Science
  • J. Open Source Softw.
  • 2021
This work observes flares as distinct signatures in time series of stellar photometric observations that are called light curves, and provides unique insights into the nature of the stars that produce them. Expand


Kepler’s Optical Phase Curve of the Exoplanet HAT-P-7b
The Kepler mission is performing at the level required to detect Earth-size planets orbiting solar-type stars, including data for the previously known giant transiting exoplanet HAT-P-7b, which shows a smooth rise and fall of light from the planet as it orbits its star, punctuated by a drop when the planet passes behind its star. Expand
Kepler Mission Stellar and Instrument Noise Properties
Kepler mission results are rapidly contributing to fundamentally new discoveries in both the exoplanet and asteroseismology fields. The data returned from Kepler are unique in terms of the number ofExpand
The hot-Jupiter Kepler-17b: Discovery, obliquity from stroboscopic starspots, and atmospheric characterization
This paper reports the discovery and characterization of the transiting hot giant exoplanet Kepler-17b. The planet has an orbital period of 1.486 days, and radial velocity measurements from theExpand
ApJL, this issue
  • 2010
ApJL, this issue Blomme, J., et al 2010, ApJL, this issue Borucki, W., et al., 2008, in Exoplanets: Detection, Formation and Dynamics
  • IAU Symp,
  • 2010
Asteroseismic Investigation of Known Planet Hosts in the Kepler Field
In addition to its great potential for characterizing extra-solar planetary systems, the Kepler Mission is providing unique data on stellar oscillations. A key aspect of Kepler asteroseismology isExpand
Automated Classification of Variable Stars in the Asteroseismology Program of the Kepler Space Mission
We present the first results of the application of supervised classification methods to the Kepler Q1 long-cadence light curves of a subsample of 2288 stars measured in the asteroseismology programExpand
We present 44 days of high duty cycle, ultra precise photometry of the 13th magnitude star Kepler-5 (KIC 8191672, T eff= 6300 K, log g= 4.1), which exhibits periodic transits with a depth of 0.7%.Expand
Discovery and Rossiter-Mclaughlin Effect of Exoplanet Kepler-8b
We report on the discovery and the Rossiter-McLaughlin (R-M) effect of Kepler-8b, a transiting planet identified by the NASA Kepler Mission. Kepler photometry and Keck-HIRES radial velocities yieldExpand
Discovery of a Red Giant with Solar-like Oscillations in an Eclipsing Binary System from Kepler Space-based Photometry
Oscillating stars in binary systems are among the most interesting stellar laboratories, as these can provide information on the stellar parameters and stellar internal structures. Here we present aExpand