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Over 2500 eclipsing binaries were identified and characterized from the ultraprecise photometric data provided by the Kepler space telescope. Kepler is now beginning its second mission, K2, which is proving to again provide ultraprecise photometry for a large sample of eclipsing binary stars. In the 1951 light curves covering 12 days in the K2 engineering dataset, we have identified and determined the ephemerides for 31 candidate eclipsing binaries that demonstrate the capabilities for eclipsing binary science in the upcoming campaigns in K2. Of those, 20 are new discoveries.We describe both manual and automated approaches to harvesting the complete set of eclipsing binaries in the K2 data, provide identifications and details for the full set of candidate eclipsing binaries present in the engineering dataset, and discuss the prospects for application of eclipsing binary searches in the K2 mission.

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Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

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