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NASA's Spitzer Spots Planet Deep Within Our Galaxy Feature15-04_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, Apr 14, 2015

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with a telescope on the ground to find a remote gas planet about 13,000 light-years away, making it one of the most distant planets known.

Our Sun Came Late to the Milky Way's Star-Birth Party Late-sun-sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Our Sun missed the stellar "baby boom" that erupted in our young Milky Way galaxy 10 billion years ago. During that time the Milky Way was churning out stars 30 times faster than it does today. Our galaxy was ablaze with a firestorm of star birth as its rich reservoir of hydrogen gas compressed under gravity, creating myriad stars. But our Sun was not one of them. It was a late "boomer," arising 5 billion years later, when star birth had plunged to a trickle.

Our Sun Came Late to the Milky Way's Star-Birth Party Hs-2015-11-a-large_web Herschel Space Observatory Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Our Sun missed the stellar "baby boom" that erupted in our young Milky Way galaxy 10 billion years ago. During that time the Milky Way was churning out stars 30 times faster than it does today. Our galaxy was ablaze with a firestorm of star birth as its rich reservoir of hydrogen gas compressed under gravity, creating myriad stars. But our Sun was not one of them. It was a late "boomer," arising 5 billion years later, when star birth had plunged to a trickle.

The Solar System and Beyond is Awash in Water Feature15-03_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, Apr 07, 2015

As NASA missions explore our solar system and search for new worlds, they are finding water in surprising places. Water is but one piece of our search for habitable planets and life beyond Earth, yet it links many seemingly unrelated worlds in surprising ways.

A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets Nhsc2015-002_tn Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Astronomers mine data from the Planck and Herschel missions to find a treasure chest of galaxy clusters.

A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets Planck15-003_tn Planck Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Astronomers mine data from the Planck and Herschel missions to find a treasure chest of galaxy clusters.

Astronomers Upgrade Their Cosmic Light Bulbs Glx2004-01r_img01_tn GALEX Thu, Mar 26, 2015

A new report identifies top-of-the-line tools for studying the fabric of space.

Suzaku, Herschel Link a Black Hole 'Wind' to a Galactic Gush of Star-forming Gas Nhsc2015-001_tn Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Mar 25, 2015

By combining observations from the Japan-led Suzaku X-ray satellite and the European Space Agency's infrared Herschel Space Observatory, scientists have connected a fierce "wind" produced near a galaxy's monster black hole to an outward torrent of cold gas a thousand light-years across.

Events

Kat Deck (Caltech) - Science Talk Apr 29th, 2015 12:15 pm
Vianney Lebouteiller (CEA, Saclay, France) Science Talk May 20th, 2015 12:15 pm

Bulletins

Far IR Surveyor Workshop Irpanel Announcement Fri, Mar 27, 2015

NASA is seeking input from the science community that will culminate in a decision to support studies of three or four large missions to prepare for the next Decadal Survey in Astrophysics. A white paper released by NASA's Astrophysics Division lists four candidate missions, including a Far-Infrared Surveyor mission.

2015 Greater IPAC Science Symposium Announcement Mon, Mar 16, 2015

The fifteenth annual Greater IPAC Science Symposium will be held on Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24, 2015. The Science Symposium is a forum for all staff members of IPAC, the Spitzer Science Center (SSC), the NASA Herschel Science Center (NHSC) and the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) to present, discuss and learn about the diverse research that is being carried out at the Greater IPAC.

Mocking the Universe: Better Science Through Data Simulation Announcement Wed, Feb 18, 2015

In the coming era of LSST, PanSTARRS, WFIRST, Euclid, ALMA, ELTs, JWST, and other facilities, we want to know: What science can we learn by injecting more astrophysics into mock catalogs, and how can we use mock data to maximize the science output of real data? This workshop will cover a variety of astronomy topics bound together by their need to mock the universe.

WISE at 5: Legacy and Prospects Announcement Mon, Oct 13, 2014

This conference will celebrate what has been done with WISE, what is being done with NEOWISE, and what will be done in the future.

KOA Releases ESI Data Science Release Thu, Jul 31, 2014

The Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) has released to the public, data from the Echellette Spectrograph and Imager (ESI) instrument. 780 nights of data have been released, consisting of 21,988 science files and 27,935 calibration files. KOA has also released to PIs, 973 nights of data from the the now decommissioned Near Infrared Camera (NIRC), comprising 263,238 files with a data volume of 276 GB. These data will start to become public in July 2015.