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K2 Latest News

  • 7/19/16 - 62 exoplanets have been added to the K2 Exoplanets table bringing our K2 exoplanet total to 127. The 90 "exoplanet host stars" can also be searched with a new object type option in the K2 data search interface. See the NASA press release for more information on the recent discoveries.

  • 7/12/16 - The Ecliptic Plane Input Catalog (EPIC) now includes targets for Campaigns 13, 14, and 15 as well as augmented targets for Campaigns 9 and 10. The updated ASCII version of EPIC can be downloaded here.

  • 7/5/16 - The K2 data search interface now includes Campaign 8 observations. See the C8 data release notes.

  • 7/4/16 - The second half of raw cadence data from C9 were downloaded from the spacecraft over the weekend and are available online (via http or ftp) as raw cadence pixel files to aid in identifying microlensing events for immediate ground-based follow-up. Since the two campaign halves fly different target tables, C9b requires sorting with the 2016119 pixel mapping reference files (PMRFs). By early September, when the C9 data have been calibrated by the data processing pipeline, these temporary, uncalibrated cadence pixel files will be removed and replaced by archive-quality target pixel files containing both the uncalibrated and calibrated data.

  • 7/4/16 - Campaign 8 long cadence light curves, FFIs, and target pixel files are now online but not yet searchable using the K2 data search interface. It should be available later this week.

  • 6/10/16 - K2-33 b and K2-41 b have been added to the list of confirmed K2 Exoplanets.

  • 6/10/16 - K2-34 b is now the 48th K2 exoplanet.

  • 6/07/16 - K2-39 b has been added as the 47th K2 exoplanet.

  • 5/23/16 - The first 28 days of data from C9 were downloaded from the spacecraft over the weekend and are available online (via http or ftp) as raw cadence pixel files to aid in identifying microlensing events for immediate ground-based follow-up. Since the two campaign halves fly different target tables, C9a requires sorting with the 2016068 pixel mapping reference files (PMRFs), while C9b will require the 2016119 PMRFs. When all of the C9 data have been collected, downloaded, and calibrated, these temporary, uncalibrated cadence pixel files will be removed and replaced by archive-quality target pixel files containing both the uncalibrated and calibrated data. Currently, the C9b data is scheduled for download starting July 2.

  • 5/19/16 - 13,483 Campaign 7 targets were added to the K2SFF High Level Science Product.

  • 5/11/16 - The Ecliptic Plane Input Catalog (EPIC) has been updated. All Campaign 10 target entries that had duplicate entries in Campaign 1 were removed. The updated ASCII version of EPIC can be downloaded here.

  • 5/9/16 - Six new exoplanets have been added for K2, bringing the total to 46.

  • 5/4/16 - The K2 data search results now include the ability to plot the K2SC light curves (along with the other available HLSPs) by clicking the "K2 ID" column links. Links to the available HLSP products are also available in the "High Level Science Products" column.

  • 4/22/16 - Campaign 7 target pixel files, long cadence light curves and FFIs are now online and searchable. Campaign 7 Data Release Notes are also available.

  • 4/21/16 - A thorough description of the pointing and photometric errors induced by the variable guide star in C6 is now available. See all the Campaign 6 features and events in the C6 Release Notes.

  • 4/11/16 - A new HLSP called K2SC is available which consists of a set of detrended K2 light curves from Aigrain et al. that uses Gaussian processes to model both the pointing jitter systematics and astrophysical variability. The initial release includes Campaigns 3-6, with others to come later. Visit the K2SC page for data access and interactive plotting.

  • 4/1/16 - The Ecliptic Plane Input Catalog (EPIC) has been updated to include stellar properties for 138,600 targets from campaigns 1-8. An ASCII table file can be downloaded here.

  • 3/25/16 - The project has assessed the recently reported problem with the Kepler and K2 short-cadence smear data being scrambled and the documentation has been updated accordingly. The list of affected targets is unchanged, but renamed for clarity. The bottom line for K2: only about 1/8 of all targets are affected in a significant way.

  • 3/15/16 - 28,289 Campaign 6 targets were added to the K2SFF High Level Science Product.

  • 3/7/16 - 661 additional Campaign 5 targets were added to the K2SFF High Level Science Product.

  • 02/12/17 - Campaign 6 short cadence target pixel files are now available.
  • 02/12/16 - Campaign 6 Release Notes are now available.

  • 2/9/16 - Campaign 6 long cadence light curves and target pixel files, and FFIs are now online and searchable.

  • 2/4/16 - A document describing the recently discovered problem affecting approximately half of all Kepler and K2 Short Cadence targets is now available from the Kepler project. The list of affected K2 files can be downloaded here. Information on when the reprocessed data will be archived will be provided as it becomes available.

  • 1/26/16 - K2-26 b has been added as the 34th published K2 planet.

  • 1/7/16 - A new exoplanet has been added for K2 bringing the total to 33.

  • 12/15/15 - The Ecliptic Plane Input Catalog (EPIC) has been updated to include targets for campaigns 11-13 and augmented targets for campaigns 6-8. ASCII table files can be downloaded here.

  • 12/03/15 - Information on the Release of K2 Guest Observer Cycle 4 is now available.

  • 11/12/15 - Campaign 5 Release Notes are now available.

  • 11/02/15 - Campaign 5 light curves, target pixel files, and FFI's are now online and searchable.

  • 10/28/15 - In preparation for the microlensing campaign (C9), some of the Raw Cadence data for Campaign 0 are now available online. The file formats and content are described here. A python script called Kadenza is also available from the GO office to convert the raw data to a more user-friendly file format.

  • 10/20/15 - The K2 Exoplanets table was updated to include 5 new exoplanets for a new total of 32.

  • 10/14/15 - Long cadence light curves for Campaign 4 have been added to the K2SFF HLSP from Andrew Vanderburg

  • 10/12/15 - The K2 Exoplanets table was updated to include recent table column changes made by NExScI.

  • 9/21/15 - The K2 Exoplanets table downloaded from NExScI was updated. 27 exoplanets have now been confirmed.

  • 9/17/15 - Thruster firing listings for C1 and C2 observations are now available. See the Ancillary Files web page for more information.

  • 9/04/15 - Campaign 4 light curves, target pixel files, and FFI's are now online and searchable. See the C4 Data Release Notes.

  • 9/03/15 - Long cadence light curves for Campaign 3 have been added to the K2SFF HLSP from Andrew Vanderburg, and light curves for selected long cadence targets from Campaign 2 have been added to the K2VARCAT HLSP from Armstrong et al.

  • 9/02/15 - The Campaign 4 data has been shipped and is expected to arrive at MAST tomorrow. We're hoping to have all the data ingested by Tuesday, September 8th. The C4 Data Release Notes however are already available.

  • 8/20/15 - The Campaign 3 Long and Short Cadence Collateral (KLL&KLS) files, Artifact Removal Pixel (KAP) files, Background Pixel (KBG) files, and all Ancillary Engineering (ENG) files, are now accessible from the FFI+ search interface. More files are expected each Campaign.

  • 8/12/15 - The K2 Exoplanets table compiled by NExScI and the search interface are now available at MAST.

  • 7/22/15 - The Campaign 3 Cotrending Basis Vector (CBV) file is now available online. CBV files will be made available for all future campaigns.

  • 7/17/15 - Campaign 3 light curves, target pixel files, and FFIs are now available. See the C3 Data Release Notes.

  • 6/23/15 - A new page on alternate download options is now available. The page describes how to access online files via ftp or http, how to submit batch requests, and various options using the Wget/Curl shell commands.

  • 6/10/15 - K2 Full Frame Images can now be displayed with catalog overlays. Using astrometry.net, MAST staff were able to provide FFI images with the WCS parameters needed for determining coordinate positions. See ffi_display.php

  • 5/21/15 - Long cadence light curves for Campaign 2 and the earlier engineering test data have been added to the K2SFF HLSP from Andrew Vanderburg. The engineering data in the K2SFF search interface are designated by a Campaign number of -1.

  • 4/30/15 - The Campaign 9 targets that were already included in Campaign 7 have been removed from the EPIC table. See the 4/22/15 news items for details.

  • 4/29/15 - A "data availabilty flag" column has been added to the EPIC search interface. A "1" indicates the target has been observed and is a link to the related data search entries. A "0" implies it has not been observed.

  • 4/21/15 - The K2 Data Search interface now includes a column describing the number of High Level Science Products (HLSPs) available for a given data set, with entries providing links to the HLSPs. Most entries will have a value of one referring to the Vanderburg light curves.

  • 4/15/15 - The EPIC search interface has been updated to include targets for Campaigns 8, 9, and 10. The current table has roughly 28 million entries.

  • 4/02/15 - Downloadable EPIC files (in gzipped ASCII format) for Campigns 8, 9, and 10 are now available. See Release 8 of the EPIC manual for changes and caveats specific to these three campaigns. Note however that the new targets have not yet been added to the EPIC search interface. Hopefully it will be updated next week.

  • 3/16/15 - Campaign 2 Target Pixel File data are now available. See the K2 Data Release Notes for more information.

  • 3/13/15 - New K2 HLSP includes extracted lightcurves! Courtesy of Vanderburg & Johnson (2014), long-cadence targets from Campaigns 0 and 1 including 20 different photometric apertures. See https://archive.stsci.edu/prepds/k2sff/.

  • 2/4/15 - The investigation ID entries in the K2 data search results now link to the K2 Guest Investigations page which has links to the individual proposals.

  • 12/23/14 - Campaign 1 Target Pixel File data is now available. See the K2 Data Release Notes for more information. Also, two FFI images are now available for Campaign 1. Note: some online Target Pixel Files may not be compressed. If so, they will be found with a .fits rather than a .fits.gz extension.

  • 12/09/14 - See Andrew Vanderburgs K2 photometry page describing his Campaign 0 corrected light curves. To see sample light curves, go to https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~avanderb/allk2c0obs.html.

  • 11/07/14 - The reprocessed Campaign 0 data (i.e., C0, Data Release 2) is now available. See the K2 Data Release Notes for more information.

  • 10/10/14 - The Ecliptic Plane Input Catalog has been updated to include targets for Campaigns 6 and 7 as well as an augmented list of Campaign 3 targets. The new catalog can also be downloaded as a pipe-delimited gzipped ASCII file. See the K2 Search & Retrieval page for more information.

  • 9/10/14 - A problem with some Campaign 0 calibrated data has been reported by the K2 project. See the Data Release Notes entry titled "Cropped Calibrated Pixels in Data Release 1" for a description. The problem will be corrected in the next data delivery.

  • 9/8/14 - The K2 data search and K2 FFI search are now available for downloading Campaign 0 Target Pixel Files (TPFs) and Full Frame Images (FFIs) respectively.

  • 7/16/14 - A new version of the Ecliptic Plane Input Catalog is now available which includes targets for Campaigns 4 and 5 as well as the addition of 69 proposed targets from Campaign 2. The new catalog can also be downloaded as a pipe-delimited gzipped ASCII file. See the K2 Search & Retrieval page for more information.

  • 4/30/14 - 28 targets which were proposed for observation for Campaign 1 were added to EPIC.

  • 4/25/14 - Field 0 targets have been added to the Ecliptic Plane Input Catalog . The updated EPIC Document and the downloadable catalog file are also available.

  • 4/11/14 - The K2 EPIC Document has been updated.

  • 4/09/14 - The Ecliptic Plane Input Catalog has been updated to include Campaigns 2 and 3. The new entries can also be downloaded as a pipe-delimited gzipped ASCII file. See the K2 Search & Retrieval page for more information.

  • 3/25/14 - Sample Two-Wheel Concept Engineering test target pixel files are now available online. The files can be downloaded individually or as 2 .tgz files (the 4 GB short cadence file contains 17 files, the 16 GB long cadence file contains 2,079 files). The .csv files provide a brief description of why each target was observed during the test.

    To download, ftp to archive.stsci.edu and cd to /pub/k2/tpf_eng. The individual files can be found in subdirectories "short_cadence" and "long_cadence". To access from the web, click here. For more information, see the Kepler Blog dated March 25, 2014.

  • 2/26/14 - Important Note: Yesterday an incorrect version of the Ecliptic Plane Input Catalog was made available for download. This was an incomplete test version containing possibly incorrect values. Users should delete this file (K2_Field1_012914.dat.gz) and replace it with the correct version (d1435_02_epic_field1_dmc.mrg.gz) which is now available for download. The README file was up-to-date. The MAST staff apologize for this mistake.

  • 2/25/14 - The Ecliptic Plane Input Catalog can now be downloaded as a pipe-delimited gzipped ASCII file. It is also now available for searching using casjobs. See the K2 Search & Retrieval page for more information on both.

  • 2/07/14 - The search interface for the Ecliptic Plane Input Catalog (EPIC) is now available.

  • 1/16/14 - Deadline for suggesting targets for Campaign 1 of the proposed K2 mission is 7 March 2014. See the K2 mission page for more information.

Mission Description

K2 is a Kepler follow-up mission funded by NASA. K2 provides an opportunity to continue Kepler’s ground-breaking discoveries in the field of exoplanets and expand its role into new and exciting astrophysical observations by repurposing Kepler as a new mission.



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