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Headlines

Spitzer's SPLASH Project Dives Deep for Galaxies Feature14-17_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, Sep 09, 2014

Astronomers "fishing" for galaxies turn up surprisingly massive catch. In one of the longest surveys the telescope will have ever performed, astronomers have begun a three-month expedition trawling for faint galaxies billions of light-years away.

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup Ssc2014-06_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Aug 28, 2014

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.

NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy Ssc2014-05_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed "Sparky," is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate.

NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy Nhsc2014-011_tn Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed "Sparky," is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate.

Spitzer Telescope Honored by Aerospace Society Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Aug 07, 2014

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has received the 2014 AIAA Space Science Award for its ongoing infrared studies of the hidden cosmos. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, or AIAA, a society for the field of aerospace engineering, established the award in 1961 for "individuals demonstrating leadership of innovative scientific investigation associated with space science missions."

The Most Precise Measurement of an Alien World's Size Feature14-16_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Wed, Jul 23, 2014

NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have made the most precise measurement yet of the size of a planet beyond our solar system.

NEOWISE Spots a Comet That Looked Like an Asteroid Pia18653-640 WISE Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) has been observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft just one day after passing through its closest approach to the sun. The comet glows brightly in infrared wavelengths, with a dust tail streaking more than 62,000 miles (100,000 kilometers) across the sky. Its spectacular activity is driven by the vaporization of ice that has been preserved from the time of planet formation 4.5 billion years ago.

Black Hole Fireworks in Nearby Galaxy Feature14-15_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Wed, Jul 02, 2014

Celebrants this Fourth of July will enjoy the dazzling lights and booming shock waves from the explosions of fireworks. A similarly styled event is taking place in the galaxy Messier 106, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Herschel Space Observatory.

Events

Wide-field InfraRed Surveys: Science and Techniques Sticky: Conference Nov 17th — 20th, 2014 8:30 am

Jason Surace (IPAC) Science Talk Sep 24th, 2014 12:15 pm
Katey Alatolo (IPAC) Science Talk Oct 1st, 2014 12:15 pm
Calen Henderson (OSU) Science Talk Oct 8th, 2014 12:15 pm
Erika Nesvold (NASA Goddard) - TBD Meeting Oct 15th, 2014 12:00 pm
Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi (Visiting Graduate Student Fellow) Science Talk Oct 22nd, 2014 12:15 pm

Bulletins

Wide-field InfraRed Surveys: Science and Techniques Announcement Fri, Apr 25, 2014

This conference is intended for scientists to consider recent progress especially from NASA missions such as Spitzer, Kepler, Hubble and WISE, as it affects the design of the next generation of space-based infrared surveys, including the Decadal Survey's top priority, a wide-field infrared survey telescope (WFIRST).

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.

Spring 2015 IPAC Visiting Graduate Student Fellowship Announcement Mon, Jun 09, 2014

The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech announces the availability of six-month graduate student fellowships beginning in the Spring of 2015. 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 2015.

KOA Releases DEIMOS Data Announcement Wed, Apr 02, 2014

The Keck Observatory Archive has released to the public 628 nights of data from the DEIMOS instrument. The released data include 27,409 science files and 56,514 calibration files. Another 665 nights of data will be released as their propriety period expires. Altogether, the DEIMOS total includes 38,308 science files and 71,881 calibration files (10.2 TB total)

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.