POTENTIAL GUEST OBSERVER SCIENCE
Guest Observer programs may relate to any non-exoplanet astrophysics. Non-exoplanet programs may
involve new observations of any source within the Kepler field of
view. These may be new or previously observed Kepler targets. Proposers are encouraged
to browse the abstracts of previous successful Guest Observer proposals. The strongest new proposals are likely to promote science programs that build upon previous research or that
increase the range and diversity of Kepler investigations.
Additional target lists pursue the Kepler legacy exoplanet transit
survey and legacy
asteroseismological targets. In the event of overlap between GO programs
and these existing target lists, the GO program target quota will not get charged
for targets or pixels.
GO science investigations focused upon or
related to exoplanet identification or characterization are
permitted provided they use uniquely and exclusively either short cadence pixel resources
or allocate pixels to targets not currently being observed in the exoplanet
All GO target data will flow through
the Kepler science processing and analysis pipeline. The
pipeline performs a sensitive search for planetary candidates
within the derived light curves. There is a small chance that a
GO target will show evidence of an exoplanet in the pipeline
analysis. Any GO target that shows evidence for
an exoplanet will be investigated by the Kepler project.
US members of the Kepler
Asteroseismic Science Consortium (KASC) are eligible to compete
for GO funding for the purpose of pursuing US-led KASC programs.