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Headlines

Seeing the Milky Way's Giant Black Hole with New Eyes Feature16-11_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Jul 21, 2016

The Spitzer Space Telescope is exploring Sagittarius A*, the black hole in the center of the Milky Way. This supermassive black hole packs about four million sun-masses into a volume roughly the size of our solar system.

Frankenstein Galaxy Surprises Astronomers Glx2004-01r_img01_tn GALEX Mon, Jul 11, 2016

The galaxy UGC 1382 has been revealed to be far larger and stranger than previously thought. Astronomers relied on a combination of ground-based and space telescopes to uncover the true nature of this Frankenstein galaxy.

NASA's K2 Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star Partner098_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Astronomers have discovered the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected. The discovery was made using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope and its extended K2 mission, as well as the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars beyond our sun.

Gluttonous Star May Hold Clues to Planet Formation Feature16-10_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Astronomers have gained a new perspective on the behavior of outbursting star FU Orionis, using data from an airborne observatory and a space telescope.

Spitzer Operations to Continue into 2019 Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Jun 09, 2016

NASA has approved the continued operation of the Spitzer mission through the commissioning phase of the James Webb Space Telescope in early 2019 as part of the 2016 Astrophysics Senior Review process.

NASA Telescopes Find Clues For How Giant Black Holes Formed So Quickly Feature16-08_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, May 24, 2016

Using data from NASA's Great Observatories, astronomers have found the best evidence yet for cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into supermassive black holes.

Light Echoes Give Clues to Protoplanetary Disk Feature16-07_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Imagine you want to measure the size of a room, but it's completely dark. If you shout, you can tell if the space you're in is relatively big or small, depending on how long it takes to hear the echo after it bounces off the wall.

New Herschel Maps and Catalogues Reveal Stellar Nurseries Across the Galactic Plane Nhsc2016-001_tn?1461625709 Herschel Space Observatory Fri, Apr 22, 2016

ESA's Herschel mission releases today a series of unprecedented maps of star-forming hubs in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. This is accompanied by a set of catalogues listing hundreds of thousands of compact sources that span all phases leading to the birth of stars in our Galaxy.

Events

(no talk; room occupied) Science Talk Jul 27th, 2016 12:15 pm
Ranga Chary (IPAC) Science Talk Aug 17th, 2016 12:15 pm
Sara Lindgren, Emily Martin Science Talk Aug 31st, 2016 12:15 pm

Bulletins

Spring 2017 IPAC Visiting Graduate Student Fellowship Ipac2016-003_tn Announcement Mon, Jun 20, 2016

The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech announces the availability of six-month graduate student fellowships beginning in the Spring of 2017. 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 2017.

Discovering Our Universe from the Classroom: Teacher Program Brings NASA Research to Schools across America Ipac2016-001_tn News Release Wed, Jan 06, 2016

More than 50 teachers, students and astronomy educators from the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) will be attending the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

Galvanized by Genuine Research Experiences, NITARP Program Alumni Flock to International Astronomy Conference Ipac2016-002_tn News Release Wed, Jan 06, 2016

Nine NITARP alumni educators, some of their current students, and a student alumna have all returned this year to AAS, paying their own way to attend the international conference.

New Montage Software Version Supports Data Cubes Montage_dss_pleiades_mosaic Announcement Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Version 4.0 of the Montage Image Mosaic Toolkit has been released with a BSD 3-clause license. This is major new release that contains new modules to support processing of data cubes, and a command-line visualization tool.

Community Astrophysics with WFIRST: Guest Observer and Archival Science Announcement Thu, Oct 22, 2015

The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), in coordination with the WFIRST Study Office at GSFC and JPL, are pleased to announce that registration is now open for "Community Astrophysics with WFIRST: Guest Observer and Archival Science" - an international meeting to be held in Pasadena from 29 February through 2 March 2016.