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Headlines

How Far Away is That Galaxy? Vast Catalog Has Answers Pia21084 NED Thu, Jan 05, 2017

A team of researchers has compiled a special catalog to help astronomers figure out the true distances to tens of thousands of galaxies beyond our own Milky Way. The catalog, called NED-D, is a critical resource, not only for studying these galaxies, but also for determining the distances to billions of other galaxies strewn throughout the universe. NED-D is part of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), an online repository containing information on more than 100 million galaxies.

NASA's NEOWISE Mission Spies One Comet, Maybe Two Pia21259_hires NEOWISE Thu, Dec 29, 2016

NASA's NEOWISE mission has recently discovered some celestial objects traveling through our neighborhood, including one on the blurry line between asteroid and comet. Another--definitely a comet--might be seen with binoculars through next week.

Are planets like those in 'Star Wars: Rogue One' really out there? NASA plans to find out Header_scarif_ocean WFIRST Thu, Dec 15, 2016

In the "Star Wars" universe, ice, ocean and desert planets burst from the darkness as your ship drops out of light speed. But these worlds might be more than just science fiction.

ENSCI will be at the IPAC Booth at the 229th AAS meeting in January 2017 Enscibrochure2017_outside Euclid Mon, Dec 12, 2016

ENSCI will be at the IPAC Booth at the 229th AAS meeting on January 3-7, 2017, in Grapevine, Texas.

NASA Space Telescopes Pinpoint Elusive Brown Dwarf Feature16-18_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Nov 10, 2016

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes joined forces to observe a microlensing event, when a distant star brightens due to the gravitational field of at least one foreground cosmic object.

The Euclid/WFIRST Spitzer Legacy Survey Program Capak_spitzer-proposal Euclid Thu, Oct 13, 2016

The Euclid/WFIRST Spitzer Legacy Survey proposal has been selected for observations in Spitzer GO Cycle 13. The PI is Dr. Peter Capak from IPAC, Caltech, leading an international team of 51 Co-Is. This ambitious program has been awarded 5286 hours of Spitzer Legacy Science Time, the most time awarded in this cycle, and a substantial fraction of the total available time in the remainder of currently planned mission lifetime for Spitzer. This program will observe 20 square degrees to 2h per pointing split between the Chandra Deep Field South (CDFS) and the North Ecliptic Pole (NEP). This will achieve 5sigma depths of 24.6 AB mag. It will enable the scientific research on reionization in the Universe, stellar mass from 3<z<10 and luminous quasars.

Building Blocks of Life's Building Blocks Come From Starlight Nhsc2016-003_tn Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Oct 12, 2016

Life exists in a myriad of wondrous forms, but if you break any organism down to its most basic parts, it's all the same stuff: carbon atoms connected to hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and other elements. But how these fundamental substances are created in space has been a longstanding mystery.

ENSCI Releases Estimator for Astrophysical Background at L2 Milkyway_cobe_big Euclid Thu, Sep 29, 2016

The Euclid NASA Science Center (ENSCI) has released an Estimator for Astrophysical Background at L2. This provides an important tool to Euclid scientists for survey optimization.

Events

Marie Ygouf (Caltech/IPAC-WFIRST) Science Talk Jan 25th, 2017 12:15 pm
Andreas Faisst (Caltech/IPAC) Science Talk Feb 15th, 2017 12:15 pm
Janice Lee (STSci) Science Talk Mar 1st, 2017 12:15 pm
Bahram Mobasher (University of California Riverside) Science Talk Mar 8th, 2017 12:15 pm
Bernhard Schulz (Caltech/IPAC-Herschel) Science Talk Apr 26th, 2017 12:15 pm
Luisa Rebull (Caltech/IPAC) Science Talk May 31st, 2017 12:15 pm

Bulletins

Discovering Our Universe From The Classroom: NASA/IPAC Teacher Research Program Nitarp_2016-2017 News Release Thu, Jan 05, 2017

Once again, more than 50 teachers, students and astronomy educators from the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program will be attending the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society, running from January 3 through January 7 in Grapevine, Texas.

Astronomy Week in Pasadena: October 16-22, 2016 Announcement Mon, Sep 19, 2016

Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek announced that a coalition of the world’s leading space science and astronomical institutions based in Pasadena are partnering to produce Astronomy Week, October 16-22, 2016. The week-long series of public events, open houses, lectures and other activities celebrates Pasadena’s rich history as an innovative “City of Astronomy.”

The Palomar Transient Factory and IPAC announces the Third Data Release (DR3). Announcement Thu, Sep 01, 2016

The Palomar Transient Factory and IPAC announces the Third Data Release (DR3). This release adds to DR1 and DR2 by including selected g- and R-band data obtained from January 1, 2013 through January 28, 2015.

Spring 2017 IPAC Visiting Graduate Student Fellowship Ipac2016-003_tn Announcement Mon, Jun 20, 2016

The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech announces the availability of six-month graduate student fellowships beginning in the Spring of 2017. The program is designed to allow students from other institutions to visit IPAC-Caltech and perform astronomical research in close association with an IPAC staff member during Spring 2017.

Discovering Our Universe from the Classroom: Teacher Program Brings NASA Research to Schools across America Ipac2016-001_tn News Release Wed, Jan 06, 2016

More than 50 teachers, students and astronomy educators from the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) will be attending the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).