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Release No.: 2014-31
For Release: Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:00am

Kepler Proves It Can Still Find Planets

HIP 116454b

This artist's conception portrays the first planet discovered by the Kepler spacecraft during its K2 mission. A transit of the planet was teased out of K2's noisier data using ingenious computer algorithms developed by a CfA researcher. The newfound planet, HIP 116454b, has a diameter of 20,000 miles (two and a half times the size of Earth) and weighs 12 times as much. It orbits its star once every 9.1 days.

David A. Aguilar (CfA)