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NASA’s Kepler Marks 1,000th Exoplanet Discovery, Uncovers More Small Worlds in Habitable Zones Kepler_hall_of_fame_jan2015_profile-full Kepler Tue, Jan 06, 2015

How many stars like our sun host planets like our Earth? NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system, and to date has offered scientists an assortment of more than 4,000 candidate planets for further study -- the 1,000th of which was recently verified.

NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds Multi_transits_many_full_0 Kepler Wed, Feb 26, 2014

NASA's Kepler mission announced the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system.

Kepler Discovers its Smallest Habitable Zone Planets Pia17001-43 Kepler Thu, Apr 18, 2013

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water.

Gravity-Bending Find Leads to Kepler Meeting Einstein Pia16885_ip Kepler Thu, Apr 04, 2013

NASA's Kepler space telescope has witnessed the effects of a dead star bending the light of its companion star. The findings are among the first detections of this phenomenon -- a result of Einstein's theory of general relativity -- in binary, or double, star systems.

NASA's Kepler Announces 11 Planetary Systems Hosting 26 Planets Keplermultiplanetsystems_sm Kepler Thu, Jan 26, 2012

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 confirmed planets. These discoveries nearly double the number of verified planets and triple the number of stars known to have more than one planet that transits, or passes in front of, the star. Such systems will help astronomers better understand how planets form.

NASA's Kepler Mission Finds Three Smallest Exoplanets Artistconcept-sm Kepler Wed, Jan 11, 2012

Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission have discovered the three smallest planets yet detected orbiting a star beyond our sun. The planets orbit a single star, called KOI-961, and are 0.78, 0.73 and 0.57 times the radius of Earth. The smallest is about the size of Mars.

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Discovering Our Universe from the Classroom: Teacher Program Brings NASA Research to Schools across America Ipac2016-001_tn News Release Wed, Jan 06, 2016

More than 50 teachers, students and astronomy educators from the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) will be attending the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

Galvanized by Genuine Research Experiences, NITARP Program Alumni Flock to International Astronomy Conference Ipac2016-002_tn News Release Wed, Jan 06, 2016

Nine NITARP alumni educators, some of their current students, and a student alumna have all returned this year to AAS, paying their own way to attend the international conference.

Astronomical Success: Caltech's George Helou Honored by Home Country of Lebanon 1=coat-of-arms-present News Release Wed, Jan 25, 2012

They say there is no place like home. For Caltech's George Helou, the essence of that phrase carries over to the recognition of his accomplishments. This past year, he has received numerous honors from Lebanon, his country of origin, including his election to the Lebanese Academy of Sciences. The tributes bestowed by the Mediterranean nation cite Helou's distinguished career in astronomy in the United States and Europe.

Teacher Program Brings NASA Research to High Schools, Middle Schools, Museums Nitarp_classof2011-12 News Release Wed, Jan 11, 2012

Imagine you are a high school student walking into your science class in September and you learn that your teacher is doing research with NASA and you can actually participate This experience is occurring in schools around the US as more and more teachers become part of the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program. 2012 marks the program's 8th year.

Our Galaxy Contains at Least 100 Billion Planets Hs-2012-07-a-large_web News Release Wed, Jan 11, 2012

Our Milky Way galaxy contains a minimum of one planet for every star on average, according to a new statistical study.

Astronomers Unveil Most Complete 3-D Map of Local Universe Lores News Release Wed, May 25, 2011

Today, astronomers unveiled the most complete 3-D map of the local universe (out to a distance of 380 million light-years) ever created. Taking more than 10 years to complete, the 2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS) also is notable for extending closer to the Galactic plane than previous surveys - a region that's generally obscured by dust.