Receive your star certificate by email within 30 minutes!
The Kepler space telescope is dead, but the search for Earth-like planets continues! Since 2008, the Pale Blue Dot project has been supporting scientific research with funding from this non-profit adopt a star program for Kepler targets. After a recent hardware failure, Kepler can no longer collect new observations -- but astronomers continue to search the archive of data for new planets. When you adopt a star for $10 through the Pale Blue Dot project, 100% of your donation supports the characterization of Kepler targets by a large international team of scientists.
To adopt a star and support scientific research, follow the three steps below.
Make a donation: Click one of the buttons below to adopt a Kepler target star for $10, a candidate planet-host for $25, or a confirmed planetary system for $100. You will receive an email from the Pale Blue Dot project within 15 minutes, and 100% of your donation will support scientific research. You can optionally complete the process in one step by also selecting a star number and filling in the "Designation" (e.g., Stephen Colbert, 5318008) after you login to PayPal.
Select a star: You can select any star that has not already been adopted. If you want the brightest star available, just check the box on the form below (skip to step 3). If you want two stars together or a star with a specific color, browse the stars using the Google Sky plugin (click on the green marker to see the star number). If you want the star to commemorate a special date, select by number in the text catalog (e.g., search for "021413" under "Star #").
Adopt the star: Fill in the form below with: (1) the email address from your donation, (2) the name you want on the certificate, and (3) the KIC number of the star you want (or check the box for the brightest available). You will receive an email with your star certificate within 15 minutes. Your star adoption will be recorded in the text catalog and added to the placemark in Google Sky. If you adopt a star where a planet is found, you will be featured on a special section of our website.