DF.3.06 — The Hunt for Exomoons with Kepler (HEK) Project: Limits and Results from Surveys to Date

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Aug 7th at 5:40 PM until 6:00 PM

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Author(s): David Kipping1

Institution(s): 1. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Exomoons are expected to be reside around many of planets discovered to date, but their likely small size presents a major challenge for current instrumentation. The Hunt for Exomoons with Kepler (HEK) project has been surveying Kepler transiting planet candidates since 2011, searching for the photometric and timing signals predicted for moons. In this talk, I summarize the results of our systematic survey including a discussion of our sensitivity limits, candidate signals and outlook for future space-based transit missions. I will also discuss a new way to identify exomoons we have been exploring behind the scenes over the last year and show some early results of these experiments.