Mission Overview

Map of Observations

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Wavelength Coverage

mission coverage

The Kepler spacecraft was launched into an earth trailing orbit and stared at a 100 sq. degree patch of sky near Cygnus in order to measure the brightness variations of about 200,000 stars.  It's primary mission was to find exoplanets transiting these stars and to determine the prevalence of exoplanets in the Galaxy.  The Kepler spacecraft rotated by 90 degrees every 90 days in order to keep the solar panels pointing at the sun and thus the Kepler data is divided into 90-day quarters. Kepler only downloaded the pixels surrounding selected stars of interest at either a 30-minute or 1-minute cadence. The mission produced a flux time series for each star and searched these light curves for the presence of a transiting exoplanet.  In addition to discovering exoplanets, Kepler data has been used to study the variability of stars and eclipsing binaries.

Active From

May 2, 2009 - May 11, 2013

Resolution 

4 arcseconds / pixel

Capabilities

  • Time Series
  • Photometry
  • Imaging

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Search Tools

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MAST Portal

Download light curves and target pixel files for a few targets. Download full frame images. Find data from other missions for your target.

exo.MAST

Find MAST data (including Kepler) for known planets or KOI's, matched to orbital phase. Plot quarter-stitched DV light curves. Access exoplanet parameters with references.

MAST Astroquery

Search for, and retrieve, Kepler data products programmatically based on a list of coordinates or target names. Interact with observational data in programs you write.

Kepler Data Search & Retrieval

Kepler-specific target pixel and light curve search. Query on target or observational metadata.

Featured Data Products

Extracted Light Curves
Kepler LC Logo
Extracted Light Curves
long cadence : _llc.fits short cadence : _slc.fits
Target Pixel Files
Kepler TP Icon
Target Pixel Files
long cadence : _lpd-targ.fits short cadence : _spd-targ.fits
Full Frame Images
Full Frame Images
_ffi.fits
Data Validation Time Series Files
Data Validation Time Series Files
_dvt.fits

Primary Documents

All Documents
Kepler Logo

May 02, 2016

Kepler Archive Manual

The archive manual describes the file formats and their contents for the light curve files, target pixel files, full frame images, and other engineering files.

4 MB

December 01, 2016 

7 MB

January 20, 2017 

60 MB

April 22, 2016 

25 MB

August 08, 2016 

1 MB

September 08, 2011 

Image Gallery

Kepler Logo

The Kepler Mission Logo

Kepler Spacecraft

Artistic rendering of the Kepler spacecraft.

Kepler Field of View

The field of view for Kepler during the priary 4-year mission. Each CCD is outlined in white on an image of the night sky.

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