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Headlines

G352.7-0.1: Supernova Cleans Up its Surroundings Partner087_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Apr 10, 2014

Supernovas are the spectacular ends to the lives of many massive stars. These explosions can produce enormous amounts of energy and be as bright as an entire galaxy.

New Tool Finds Buried Treasure in Spitzer Archives Feature14-07_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Apr 03, 2014

Our Solar System is swarming with asteroids and comets. Although astronomers have identified many thousands of these space rocks, new candidates turn up all the time; some small fraction of which might even pose a threat of colliding with Earth.

Spitzer Sees the Galactic Dawn with 'Frontier Fields' Feature14-06_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Mar 27, 2014

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, in tandem with other major NASA observatories, has recently embarked on a major new mission to glimpse the universe's very first galaxies.

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Brings 360-Degree View of Galaxy to Our Fingertips Ssc2014-02_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Mar 20, 2014

Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA's new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TED 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

Herschel Completes Largest Survey of Cosmic Dust in Local Universe Nhsc2014-004_tn Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Mar 18, 2014

The largest census of dust in local galaxies has been completed using data from the Herschel space observatory, providing a huge legacy to the scientific community.

NASA's WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No 'Planet X' Pia17992-640 WISE Fri, Mar 07, 2014

After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X."

Mystery of Planet-forming Disks Explained by Magnetism Feature14-05_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Mar 06, 2014

Gigantic magnetic loops on planet-forming disks explain a mystery of too much infrared light.

NEOWISE Spies Its First Comet Pia18032_ip WISE Fri, Feb 28, 2014

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen comet -- its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation late last year.

Events

Tim Morton (Princeton) - TBD Science Talk Apr 23rd, 2014 12:00 pm
Russel White (Georgia State University) - TBD Science Talk May 7th, 2014 12:00 pm
TDF: Nick Konidaris (Caltech): SED Machine Commissioning Status Science Talk May 23rd, 2014 1:00 pm

Bulletins

Decadal Survey 2010 Information and Updates Sig09-006_sm Announcement Tue, Oct 19, 2010

Information about NASA's 2009 Decadal Process.

Happy Holidays Ipac-holiday_tn Announcement Thu, Dec 19, 2013

Best wishes for 2014 from the entire IPAC family.

AllWISE DATA RELEASE Announcement Wed, Nov 13, 2013

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) announce the AllWISE Data Release. The AllWISE program combines data from WISE cryogenic and NEOWISE post-cryogenic survey phases, to form the most comprehensive view of the mid-infrared sky currently available.

From IRAS to Spitzer and Beyond: 30 years of Space-Based Infrared Astronomy Irhistory_rec Feature Wed, Nov 13, 2013

2013 is a significant year in infrared astronomy -- it marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of IRAS, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite, which revolutionized our view of the infrared cosmos, increasing the number of known infrared sources by about 70%. This talk will review some of the major discoveries from some of the many important infrared astronomy missions.

Managing the Deluge of 'Big Data' From Space Pia17446 Feature Thu, Oct 17, 2013

For NASA and its dozens of missions, data pour in every day like rushing rivers. Spacecraft monitor everything from our home planet to faraway galaxies, beaming back images and information to Earth.