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Headlines

NASA's K2 Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star Partner098_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Astronomers have discovered the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected. The discovery was made using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope and its extended K2 mission, as well as the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars beyond our sun.

Gluttonous Star May Hold Clues to Planet Formation Feature16-10_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Astronomers have gained a new perspective on the behavior of outbursting star FU Orionis, using data from an airborne observatory and a space telescope.

Spitzer Operations to Continue into 2019 Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Jun 09, 2016

NASA has approved the continued operation of the Spitzer mission through the commissioning phase of the James Webb Space Telescope in early 2019 as part of the 2016 Astrophysics Senior Review process.

NASA Telescopes Find Clues For How Giant Black Holes Formed So Quickly Feature16-08_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, May 24, 2016

Using data from NASA's Great Observatories, astronomers have found the best evidence yet for cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into supermassive black holes.

Light Echoes Give Clues to Protoplanetary Disk Feature16-07_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Imagine you want to measure the size of a room, but it's completely dark. If you shout, you can tell if the space you're in is relatively big or small, depending on how long it takes to hear the echo after it bounces off the wall.

New Herschel Maps and Catalogues Reveal Stellar Nurseries Across the Galactic Plane Nhsc2016-001_tn?1461625709 Herschel Space Observatory Fri, Apr 22, 2016

ESA's Herschel mission releases today a series of unprecedented maps of star-forming hubs in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. This is accompanied by a set of catalogues listing hundreds of thousands of compact sources that span all phases leading to the birth of stars in our Galaxy.

A Space Spider Watches Over Young Stars Feature16-06_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Apr 14, 2016

A nebula known as "the Spider" glows fluorescent green in an infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). The Spider, officially named IC 417, lies near a much smaller object called NGC 1931, not pictured in the image. Together, the two are called "The Spider and the Fly" nebulae. Nebulae are clouds of interstellar gas and dust where stars can form.

BBC Documentary "The Mystery of Dark Energy" Bbc Euclid Thu, Apr 07, 2016

BBC recently released Horizon's new episode, "The Mystery of Dark Energy". Some of the footage from this episode was shot during the Euclid Consortium meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland in June 2015.

Events

Seiji Fujimoto (U. of Tokyo) Science Talk Jun 29th, 2016 12:15 pm
Jacinta Delhaize Science Talk Jul 6th, 2016 12:15 pm
(no talk; room occupied) Science Talk Jul 27th, 2016 12:15 pm
Ranga Chary (IPAC) Science Talk Aug 17th, 2016 12:15 pm

Bulletins

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).

Galvanized by Genuine Research Experiences, NITARP Program Alumni Flock to International Astronomy Conference Ipac2016-002_tn News Release Wed, Jan 06, 2016

Nine NITARP alumni educators, some of their current students, and a student alumna have all returned this year to AAS, paying their own way to attend the international conference.

New Montage Software Version Supports Data Cubes Montage_dss_pleiades_mosaic Announcement Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Version 4.0 of the Montage Image Mosaic Toolkit has been released with a BSD 3-clause license. This is major new release that contains new modules to support processing of data cubes, and a command-line visualization tool.

Community Astrophysics with WFIRST: Guest Observer and Archival Science Announcement Thu, Oct 22, 2015

The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), in coordination with the WFIRST Study Office at GSFC and JPL, are pleased to announce that registration is now open for "Community Astrophysics with WFIRST: Guest Observer and Archival Science" - an international meeting to be held in Pasadena from 29 February through 2 March 2016.