To mark the tenth anniversary of the commencement of Kepler science operations, New Astronomy Reviews has published a Virtual Special Issue containing articles that describe the stories behind several of Kepler's seminal exoplanet discoveries and methodological innovations.
The issue contains the following contributions:
- Editorial: History of Kepler’s major exoplanet “firsts” (Lissauer)
- Kepler-9: The first multi-transiting system and the first transit timing variations (Ragozzine & Holman)
- The Discovery of “Tatooine”: Kepler-16b (Doyle)
- Discovery of the first Earth-sized planets orbiting a star other than our Sun in the Kepler-20 system (Torres & Fressin)
- Discovery and characterization of Kepler-36b (Agol & Carter)
- Kepler-62f: Kepler's first small planet in the habitable zone, but is it real? (Borucki, Thompson, Agol, & Hedges)
- Kepler-78 and the Ultra-Short-Period planets (Winn, Sanchis-Ojeda, & Rappaport)
- The discovery and legacy of Kepler’s multi-transiting planetary systems (Steffen & Lissauer)
The articles are open access for a limited amount of time. Open access pre-prints of the manuscripts have also been uploaded to ArXiv.