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Headlines

Colorful Calendar Celebrates 12th Anniversary of NASA's Spitzer Feature15-10_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Aug 20, 2015

Relive the highlights of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope mission with a new digital calendar.

NASA's Spitzer Confirms Closest Rocky Exoplanet Ssc2015-02_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

NASA Missions Have Their Eyes Peeled on Pluto Feature15-09_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Jul 09, 2015

NASA's New Horizons will have the support of other spacecraft during its historic Pluto flyby, with observations from their outposts across the solar system.

Stellar Sparklers That Last Feature15-08_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Jul 02, 2015

A new image containing data from NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes shows a cluster of young stars expected to burn for billions of years.

Celebrating a Decade of Bringing Authentic Astronomy Research into Classrooms Nationwide with the NITARP Program Nitarp_20150701_sq_crop Spitzer Space Telescope Wed, Jul 01, 2015

A decade after graduating its first class, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP)—a project that brings an authentic astronomy research experience into middle, high school and community college classrooms—has had resounding success.

Can Planets Be Rejuvenated Around Dead Stars? Sig15-009_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Jun 25, 2015

An older planet may have reclaimed its youthful glow, according to new evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Discovering a New Stage in the Galactic Lifecycle Partner-sq Spitzer Space Telescope Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Thanks to the unprecedented sensitivity of the telescope at the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, a Caltech-led team has been able to observe the dust contents of galaxies as seen just 1 billion years after the Big Bang—a time period known as redshift 5-6. These are the earliest average-sized galaxies to ever be directly observed and characterized in this way, thanks in part to observations obtained by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Helium-Shrouded Planets May Be Common in Our Galaxy Feature15-06_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Jun 11, 2015

The wacky world of exoplanets continues to surprise astronomers. They wouldn't float like balloons or give you the chance to talk in high, squeaky voices, but planets with helium skies may constitute an exotic planetary class in our Milky Way galaxy.

Events

Yun Wang (IPAC) -- Dark Energy Introduction I: Overview Science Talk Sep 9th, 2015 12:15 pm
Veli-Matti Pelkonen (University of Helsink) Science Talk Sep 16th, 2015 12:15 pm
Caroline Morley (UCSC) Science Talk Sep 23rd, 2015 12:15 pm
Avi Shporer (Caltech) Science Talk Sep 30th, 2015 12:15 pm
Ryan Lau (JPL) Science Talk Oct 7th, 2015 12:15 pm

Bulletins

IPAC Wide Service Outage Announcement Wed, Jul 15, 2015

On Wednesday July 15th from 9:00 AM PDT till 12:00 PM (Noon) PDT IPAC will be upgrading infrastructure hardware. All services and websites will be unavailable during the outage.

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.

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.

Celebrating a Decade of Bringing Authentic Astronomy Research into Classrooms Nationwide with the NITARP Program Nitarp_20150701_rec Feature Wed, Jul 01, 2015

A decade after graduating its first class, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP)—a project that brings an authentic astronomy research experience into middle, high school and community college classrooms—has had resounding success.

Spring 2016 IPAC Visiting Graduate Student Fellowship Announcement Fri, Jun 19, 2015

The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech announces the availability of six-month graduate student fellowships beginning in the Spring of 2016. 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 2016.