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The K2 mission: Characterization and early results

Authors
  • Steve B, Howell
  • Charlie, Sobeck
  • Michael, Haas
  • Martin, Still
  • Thomas, Barclay
  • Fergal Mullally
  • John, Troeltzsch
  • Suzanne, Aigrain
  • Stephen T, Bryson
  • Douglas Caldwell
  • William J, Chaplin
  • William D, Cochran
  • Daniel Huber
  • Geoffrey W, Marcy
  • Andrea, Miglio
  • Joan R, Najita
  • Marcie, Smith
  • Joseph Twicken
  • Jonathan J, Fortney
Type
Published Article
Journal
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Publisher
IOP Publishing
Publication Date
Mar 31, 2014
Volume
126
Issue
938
Pages
398–398
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

The K2 mission will make use of the Kepler spacecraft and its assets to expand upon Kepler s groundbreaking discoveries in the fields of exoplanets and astrophysics through new and exciting observations. K2 will use an innovative way of operating the spacecraft to observe target fields along the ecliptic for the next 2-3 years. Early science commissioning observations have shown an estimated photometric precision near 400 ppm in a single 30 minute observation, and a 6-hr photometric precision of 80 ppm (both at V= ...

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