Sunshade for the Kepler Photometer
March 4, 2009
The sunshade provides a 55 degree sun avoidance angle for the photometer, while at the same time allowing for a 16 degree field of view. The sunshade provides continuous viewing of the star field in Cygnus throughout the lifetime of the mission, including the winter season when the photometer has to look directly over the sun to view the star field.
Topics: Discovery program, Stars, Astronomy, Cygnus, Kepler photometer, Kepler Mission, Johannes Kepler, Exoplanetology, Sun, Spaceflight