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Data Release Notes

A set of Data Release Notes is provided with each release of data, including each reprocessing. The Notes tabulate the phenomena identified by the Science Office in each data set and describe the overall quality of that set. A description of the different types of phenomena is provided in the Data Characteristics Handbook .

Data Release Notes 9 and later no longer include a general description of the Kepler data analysis pipeline. The pipeline is now described in the Data Processing Handbook.

Starting with Data Release 4 (original quarter 3 processing), information on which release notes apply to a given observation was added to the light curve file FITS header. Keywords: DATA_REL, an integer giving the number of the pertinent release notes, and QUARTER, an integer listing the quarter number, provide the information. Note that when earlier data are reprocessed, new release notes describing only the reprocessed data are produced.

See the seasons table page to find the predicted start and end dates for each quarter.



Superceded Release Notes

Although the following Notes have been superceded by the one(s) listed above, they would still apply to data sets downloaded before the later reprocessed data was archived.

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 23 (pdf) describes Data Release 23 for Quarter 17 data.

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 22 (pdf) describes Data Release 22 for Quarter 16 data.

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 21 (pdf) describes the reprocessing of data from Quarters 0-14. Note these notes do not replace the earlier ones describing the data processing for these quarters.

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 20 (pdf) describing Data Release 20 for Quarter 15 data.

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 19 (pdf) describing Data Release 19 for Quarter 14 data.

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 18 (pdf) describing Data Release 18 for Quarter 13 data.

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 17 (pdf) describing Data Release 17 for Quarter 12 data.

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 16 (pdf) describing Data Release 16 for Quarters 5-8 (Q5-Q8) reprocessed data.

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 15 (pdf) describing Data Release 15 for Quarter 11 data.

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 14 (pdf) describing Data Release 14 for Quarters 0-4 (Q0-Q4) reprocessed data.

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 13 (pdf) describing Data Release 13 for Quarter 10 (Q10) data.

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 12 (pdf) describing Data Release 12 for Quarter 9 (Q9) data.
    KDRN 12: T. Barclay, J. L. Christiansen, J. M. Jenkins, D. A. Caldwell, C. L. Allen, S. T. Bryson, C. J. Burke, B. D. Clarke, M. T. Cote, M. N. Fanelli, F. Girouard, M. R. Haas, J. R. Hall, K. Ibrahim, K. Kinemuchi, T. C. Klaus, J. J. Kolodziejczak, J. Li, S. D. McCauliff, C. K. Middour, R. Morris, F. Mullally, E. V. Quintana, J. Rowe, S. Seader, J. C. Smith, M. D. Still, M. C. Stumpe, P. G. Tenenbaum, S. E. Thompson, J. D. Twicken, A. K. Uddin, J. E. Van Cleve, and B. Wohler, 2011, Kepler Data Release 12 Notes (KSCI-19052-001)

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 11 (pdf) describing Data Release 11 for Quarter 8 (Q8) data. A complete tar file (and an abbreviated version) containing ancillary files are also available. The tar file contents are described in Chapter 7 of the release notes.
    KDRN 11: J. L. Christiansen, J. E. Van Cleve, J. M. Jenkins, D. A. Caldwell, C. L. Allen, T. Barclay, S. T. Bryson, C. J. Burke, B. D. Clarke, M. T. Cote, M. N. Fanelli, R. L. Gilliland, F. Girouard, M. R. Haas, J. R. Hall, K. Ibrahim, K. Kinemuchi, T. C. Klaus, J. J. Kolodziejczak, J. Li, P. Machalek, S. D. McCauliff, C. K. Middour, R. Morris, F. Mullally, E. V. Quintana, S. Seader, J. C. Smith, M. D. Still, M. C. Stumpe, P. G. Tenenbaum, S. E. Thompson, J. D. Twicken, A. K. Uddin, and B. Wohler, 2011, Kepler Data Release 11 Notes (KSCI-19051-001)

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 10 (pdf) describing Data Release 10 for Quarter 7 (Q7) data. A complete tar file (and an abbreviated version) containing ancillary files are also available. The tar file contents are described in Chapter 7 of the release notes.
    KDRN 10: J. L. Christiansen, P. Machalek, J. E. Van Cleve, J. M. Jenkins, D. A. Caldwell, C. L. Allen, S. T. Bryson, B. D. Clarke, M. T. Cote, J. L. Dotson, M. N. Fanelli, R. L. Gilliland, F. Girouard, M. R. Haas, J. R. Hall, K. Ibrahim, K. Kinemuchi, T. C. Klaus, J. J. Kolodziejczak, J. Li, S. D. McCauliff, C. K. Middour, F. Mullally, E. V. Quintana, S. Seader, J. C. Smith, M. D. Still, P. G. Tenenbaum, S. E. Thompson, J. D. Twicken, A. K. Uddin, B. Wohler, and H. Y. Wu, 2011, Kepler Data Release 10 Notes (KSCI-19050-001).

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 9 (pdf) (or .docx version) describing Data Release 9 for Quarter 6 (Q6) data. A complete tar file (and an abbreviated version) containing ancillary files are also available. The tar file contents are described in Chapter 7 of the release notes.
    KDRN 9: P. Machalek, J. L. Christiansen, J. E. Van Cleve, J. M. Jenkins, D. A. Caldwell, C. L. Allen, S. T. Bryson, B. D. Clarke, M. T. Cote, M. N. Fanelli, R. L. Gilliland, F. Girouard, M. R. Haas, J. R. Hall, K. Ibrahim, K. Kinemuchi, T. C. Klaus, J. J. Kolodziejczak, J. Li, S. D. McCauliff, C. K. Middour, R. L. Morris, F. Mullally, E. V. Quintana, J. F. Rowe, S. Seader, J. C. Smith, M. D. Still, P. G. Tenenbaum, S. E. Thompson, J. D. Twicken, A. K. Uddin, and B. Wohler, 2011, Kepler Data Release 9 Notes (KSCI-19049-001).

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 8 (pdf) (or .doc version) describing Data Release 8 for Quarter 5 (Q5) data. A complete tar file (and an abbreviated version) containing ancillary files are also available. The tar file contents are described in Chapter 10 of the release notes.

    KDRN 8: P. Machalek, J. L. Christiansen, J. E. Van Cleve, J. M. Jenkins, D. A. Caldwell, C. L. Allen, S. T. Bryson, B. D. Clarke, M. T. Cote, J. L. Dotson, M. N. Fanelli, R. L. Gilliland, F. Girouard, M. R. Haas, J. R. Hall, K. Ibrahim, K. Kinemuchi, T. C. Klaus, J. J. Kolodziejczak, J. Li, S. D. McCauliff, C. K. Middour, F. Mullally, E. V. Quintana, S. Seader, J. C. Smith, M. D. Still, P. G. Tenenbaum, S. E. Thompson, J. D. Twicken, A. K. Uddin, B. Wohler, and H. Y. Wu, 2010, Kepler Data Release 8 Notes (KSCI-19048-001).

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 7 (pdf) (or .doc version) describing Data Release 7 for Quarter 2 (Q2) data. A complete tar file (and an abbreviated version) containing ancillary files are also available. The tar file contents are described in Chapter 10 of the release notes.
    KDRN 7: J. L. Christiansen, P. Machalek, J. E. Van Cleve, J. M. Jenkins, D. A. Caldwell, C. L. Allen, S. T. Bryson, B. D. Clarke, M. T. Cote, J. L. Dotson, M. N. Fanelli, R. L. Gilliland, F. Girouard, M. R. Haas, J. R. Hall, K. Ibrahim, K. Kinemuchi, T. C. Klaus, J. J. Kolodziejczak, J. Li, S. D. McCauliff, C. K. Middour, F. Mullally, E. V. Quintana, S. Seader, J. C. Smith, M. D. Still, P. G. Tenenbaum, S. E. Thompson, J. D. Twicken, A. K. Uddin, B. Wohler, and H. Y. Wu, 2010, Kepler Data Release 7 Notes (KSCI-19047-001).

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 6 (pdf) (or .doc version) describing Data Release 6 for Quarter 4 (Q4) data. A complete tar file (and an abbreviated version) containing ancillary files are also available. The tar file contents are described in Chapter 10 of the release notes.
    KDRN 6: J. E. Van Cleve, J. M. Jenkins, D. A. Caldwell, C. L. Allen, S. T. Bryson, B. D. Clarke, M. T. Cote, J. L. Dotson, R. L. Gilliland, F. Girouard, M. R. Haas, J. R. Hall, K. Ibrahim, T. C. Klaus, J. J. Kolodziejczak, J. Li, S. D. McCauliff, C. K. Middour, E. V. Quintana, P. G. Tenenbaum, J. D. Twicken, A. K. Uddin, B. Wohler, and H. Y. Wu, 2010, Kepler Data Release 6 Notes (KSCI-19046-001).

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 5 (pdf) describing Data Release 5 for reprocessed Quarter 0 and Quarter 1 (Q0 & Q1) data. A complete tar file (and an abbreviated version) containing ancillary files are also available. The contents of the tar files are described in Chapter 10 of the release notes.
    KDRN 5: J. E. Van Cleve, J. M. Jenkins, D. A. Caldwell, C. L. Allen, S. T. Bryson, B. D. Clarke, M. T. Cote, J. L. Dotson, R. L. Gilliland, F. Girouard, M. R. Haas, J. R. Hall, K. Ibrahim, T. C. Klaus, J. J. Kolodziejczak, J. Li, S. D. McCauliff, C. K. Middour, E. V. Quintana, P. G. Tenenbaum, J. D. Twicken, A. K. Uddin, B. Wohler, and H. Y. Wu, 2010, Kepler Data Release 5 Notes (KSCI-19045-001).

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 4 (pdf) describing Data Release 4 for Quarter 3 (Q3) data. (A .doc version is also available.) A complete tar file (and an abbreviated version) containing ancillary files are also available.
    KDRN 4: J. E. Van Cleve, J. M. Jenkins, D. A. Caldwell, C. L. Allen, N. M. Batalha, S. T. Bryson, H. Chandrasekaran, B. D. Clarke, M. T. Cote, J. L. Dotson, R. L. Gilliland, F. Girouard, M. R. Haas, J. R. Hall, K. Ibrahim, T. C. Klaus, J. J. Kolodziejczak, J. Li, S. D. McCauliff, C. K. Middour, D. L. Pletcher, E. V. Quintana, P. G. Tenenbaum, J. D. Twicken, A. K. Uddin, B. Wohler, and H. Y. Wu, 2010, Kepler Data Release 4 Notes (KSCI-19044-001).

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 3 (pdf) describing Data Release 3 for Quarter 2 (Q2) data. A complete tar file and an abbreviated version are available.
    KDRN 3: J. E. Van Cleve, J. M. Jenkins, D. A. Caldwell, C. L. Allen, N. M. Batalha, S. T. Bryson, H. Chandrasekaran, B. D. Clarke, M. T. Cote, J. L. Dotson, R. L. Gilliland, F. Girouard, M. R. Haas, J. R. Hall, K. Ibrahim, T. C. Klaus, J. J. Kolodziejczak, J. Li, S. D. McCauliff, C. K. Middour, D. L. Pletcher, E. V. Quintana, P. G. Tenenbaum, J. D. Twicken, A. K. Uddin, B. Wohler, and H. Y. Wu, 2010, Kepler Data Release 3 Notes (KSCI-19043-001).

  • Kepler Data Release Notes 2 (pdf) describing Data Release 2 for Quarters 0 & 1 (Q0 and Q1) data. Click here to display/download notes and ancillary files. A complete tar file and an abbreviated version are also available.
    KDRN 2: J. E. Van Cleve, J. M. Jenkins, D. A. Caldwell, C. L. Allen, N. M. Batalha, S. T. Bryson, H. Chandrasekaran, B. D. Clarke, M. T. Cote, J. L. Dotson, E. W. Dunham, R. L. Gilliland, F. Girouard, M. R. Haas, J. R. Hall, K. Ibrahim, T. C. Klaus, J. J. Kolodziejczak, J. Li, S. D. McCauliff, C. K. Middour, D. L. Pletcher, E. V. Quintana, P. G. Tenenbaum, J. D. Twicken, A. K. Uddin, B. Wohler, and H. Y. Wu, 2009, Kepler Data Release Notes 2 (KSCI-19042-001).