Session Detail

Exoplanet Census from Kepler
Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012, 10:00 AM -11:30 AM
Ballroom C, Dena'ina Center
NASA's Kepler Mission is designed to determine the frequency of rocky planets in or near the habitable zone of solar-like stars. As of Jan 2012, Kepler has collected over 2 1/2 years of nearly continuous precise photometry on more than 150,000 stars. 1 1/2 years of data are available to the public, with the remainder to be released by the end of the nominal mission in Nov 2012. Over 2300 transiting planet candidates have been identified, a number of which are in habitable zone orbits. This session will present the current the status of the Kepler mission, the status of the exoplanet search, and the status of follow-up observations. Talks will cover specific classes of exoplanets and exoplanet systems, giving their characteristics, prevalence, and distributions. Both theory and observational talks will cover Earth-size and sub-Neptune-size planets, giant planet characterization, multiple planet systems, and the dynamics of planetary systems.
Douglas A. Caldwell1
1SETI Institute.

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012, 10:00 AM -11:30 AM
306.00C. Chair
Jessie Christiansen1
1NASA Ames Research Center/SETI Institute.

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012, 10:00 AM -10:12 AM
306.01. Transiting Planet Candidates Observed by Kepler
Natalie M. Batalha1, Kepler Team
1San Jose State University.

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012, 10:12 AM -10:24 AM
306.02. Planet Masses and Densities
Geoffrey W. Marcy1
1UC, Berkeley.

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012, 10:24 AM -10:36 AM
306.03. Small Planets Do Not Require A Metal-Rich Environment
David W. Latham1, L. A. Buchhave2
1Harvard-Smithsonian, CfA, 2Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012, 10:36 AM -10:48 AM
306.04. Characteristics of the Stars and Exoplanets in Multiple Planet Systems from Kepler
David Ciardi1, Kepler Team

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012, 10:48 AM -11:00 AM
306.05. Dynamics of Kepler's Multiple Planet Systems
Jack J. Lissauer1, Kepler Science Team
1NASA Ames Research Center.

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012, 11:00 AM -11:12 AM
306.06. Confirming and Constraining Kepler Planets via Transit Timing Variations
Matthew J. Holman1, Kepler Team
1Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012, 11:12 AM -11:24 AM
306.07. Recent Kepler Results on Candidate Circumbinary Planets
Jerome A. Orosz1, W. F. Welsh1, Kepler Team
1San Diego State University.