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Search and Retrieval

The following Kepler search forms are currently available to users. If you are planning to submit large search queries or data requests, please see the Submitting Large Requests page. Users interested in submitting requests from a local script or accessing the Kepler catalogs via the Virtual Observatory Cone search service should see the MAST Services page for more information.

  • Kepler Data Search & Retrieval
    Allows users to search for and retrieve data for targets for which data has been archived. See the Data Search Help page for more information.

    You can also go directly to the Kepler data retrieval page and enter either data set names or upload a file of data set names.

    MAST is also storing the light curve FITS files online for access via http or ftp. They are stored in /pub/kepler/lightcurves in a directory structure based on the Kepler ID number. See the top level directory or go to the page describing how to download light curves.

  • Kepler Target Search
    This form allows users to find targets on the Kepler CCDs and allows searches on additional magnitudes, colors, and non-KIC targets. The 12.5 million row table was created by MAST staff by merging entries from the USNOb, IRT, KIS, Kepler Input catalog (KIC) and the Kepler Characteristics table (CT) catalogs. This would be the form used by the potential guest observers to locate possible targets for observation. See the Explanations page, and the Enhanced Target Search Help page for more information.

  • Stellar Parameters
    Searches the Q1-Q17 (DR25) table of updated stellar parameters for observed targets. Most parameters include error estimates (although you may need to display all columns, not just the defaults).

  • Kepler Input Catalog (KIC)
    This form allows access to the 13.2 million row, version 10, Kepler Input Catalog, listing targets within and outside the Kepler Field of View. See the KIC release notes. A listing of the catalog fields, including a few added by MAST staff, is available from the KIC parameter help page.

  • Kepler Objects of Interest (KOI) table
    This search form allows users to search the 3,500 row KOI table listing planet candidates, false positives, confirmed planets, and Kepler targets of general interest. (Note the KOI search interface replaced the previous "False Positive table" and the "Released Candidates table".)

  • Eclipsing Binaries
    List of Eclipsing Binaries produced by the Eclipsing Binaries team at Villanova as updated on 29 Jan. 2013. The latest results have not yet been published. The previous version is described in

  • Planets_koiinfo  /  Planets_pubinfo Two search interfaces are available for the Kepler confirmed planets. The first contains metadata derived from the Kepler pipeline processing and stored in the Kepler Objects of Interest (KOI) table. The second contains information compiled by NexSci from information collected from published papers. A confirmed planet is defined as one for which a paper describing its discovery has been approved for publication.

  • Kepler Casjobs
    A SQL-based GUI for searching the Kepler database tables.

  • Kepler/GALEX cross-match catalog
    A standard MAST search interface (also available via Casjobs above) for searching the Kepler/GALEX cross-match tables.

  • Ancillary Files
    Available ancillary data files include the following:

    • Cotrending Basis Vectors (CBV) Files
      An HTML table listing the currently available CBV files with links to downloading the files via ftp or http, and documentation.

    • Focal Plane Characteristics
      A table listing the currently available Pixel Response Function (PRF) files with links to download the files and documentation.

    • Full Frame Image (FFI) and Engineering Data Search
      An interface for accessing and retrieving the following files:
      • FFI and FFI Uncertainty images
      • Long and Short Cadence Collateral (COLL&COLS) files
      • Artifact Removal Pixel (ARP) files
      • Background Pixel (BKG) files
      • Reverse Clock (RVC) files
      The FFI files may also be downloaded via anonymous ftp at /pub/kepler/ffi, or via the browser at . To display individual channels from any of the FFI images, and overlay various catalogs, see the FFI_Display page.

    • Spice Data Files (spacecraft ephemeris) The latest Spice kernels may be downloaded via anonymous ftp at /pub/kepler/spice, or via the browser at .

  • Downloadable Catalogs. A directory of Kepler catalogs that can be downloaded in ASCII format via FTP or HTTP.

  • Red Giant Data Release. The Kepler Team announced the public data release of 14,048 red giants for scientific exploitation by the community on Sept. 9th, 2011. All quarter 0 to quarter 8 light curves of these targets are now public (about 50,000 files) and all future data collected for these targets will be delivered to the archive without proprietary periods.

  • Kepler High Level Science Products
    This page lists the Kepler-related High Level Science Products currently delivered to MAST.

If you encounter any problems, please contact the help desk via the link at the bottom of this page.