The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at Caltech is dedicated to science operations, data archives, and community support for astronomy and solar system science missions, with a historical emphasis on infrared-submillimeter astronomy and exoplanet science.

Headlines

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.

NASA Satellites Catch a 'Growth Spurt' from a Newborn Protostar Feature15-02_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Mon, Mar 23, 2015

A sudden eruption around an exceptionally young star surprises astronomers. Using data from orbiting observatories, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and from ground-based facilities, an international team of astronomers has discovered an outburst from a star thought to be in the earliest phase of its development.

Planck Mission Explores the History of Our Universe Planck15-002_tn Planck Thu, Feb 05, 2015

New data from Planck are helping scientists better understand the history and fabric of our universe, as well as our own Milky Way galaxy.

Gravitational Waves from Early Universe Remain Elusive Planck15-001_tn Planck Fri, Jan 30, 2015

A joint analysis of data from the Planck space mission and the ground-based experiment BICEP2 has found no conclusive evidence of gravitational waves from the birth of our universe, despite earlier reports of a possible detection.

Citizen Scientists Lead Astronomers to Mystery Objects in Space Feature15-01_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, Jan 27, 2015

"Hmm, what's that?" Simply by asking the question, volunteers have led researchers to illuminate a little-known stage of massive star formation.

Events

Tao Wang (Saclay, France) Science Talk Apr 8th, 2015 12:15 pm
Daniel Dale (University of Wyoming) Science Talk Apr 22nd, 2015 12:15 pm
Mocking the Universe: Better Science Through Data Simulation Workshop Jul 27th — 29th, 2015 9:00 am

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.