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'Milky Way Project' Relaunches Citizen Science Website Feature16-16_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Wed, Sep 21, 2016

To most of us, our home galaxy, the Milky Way, seems like mind-boggling, never-ending space. But what does the Milky Way actually look like? How quickly is the Milky Way giving birth to new stars? In their efforts to answer these complex questions, scientists are figuring out new ways to break down the vast amounts of data they collect.

'Enterprise' Nebulae Seen by Spitzer Feature16-15_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Sep 08, 2016

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the TV series "Star Trek," which first aired September 8th,1966, a new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope may remind fans of the historic show.

Planck: First Stars Formed Later Than We Thought Planck16-003_tn Planck Wed, Aug 31, 2016

ESA's Planck satellite, a mission with significant participation from NASA, has revealed that the first stars in the universe started forming later than previous observations of the cosmic microwave background indicated. The background is the most ancient light in the history of the cosmos, dating back to 380,000 years after the big bang.

NASA Team Probes Peculiar Age-Defying Star Feature16-14_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Mon, Aug 29, 2016

For years, astronomers have puzzled over a massive star lodged deep in the Milky Way that shows conflicting signs of being extremely old and extremely young.

NASA Team Probes Peculiar Age-Defying Star Nhsc2016-002_tn Herschel Space Observatory Mon, Aug 29, 2016

For years, astronomers have puzzled over a massive star lodged deep in the Milky Way that shows conflicting signs of being extremely old and extremely young. Researchers initially classified the star as elderly, perhaps a red supergiant. But a new study by a NASA-led team of researchers suggests that the object, labeled IRAS 19312+1950, might be something quite different -- a protostar, a star still in the making.

Spitzer Space Telescope Begins 'Beyond' Phase Feature16-13_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Celebrating the spacecraft's ability to push the boundaries of space science and technology, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope team has dubbed the next phase of its journey "Beyond."

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Astronomy Week in Pasadena: October 16-22, 2016 Announcement Mon, Sep 19, 2016

Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek announced that a coalition of the world’s leading space science and astronomical institutions based in Pasadena are partnering to produce Astronomy Week, October 16-22, 2016. The week-long series of public events, open houses, lectures and other activities celebrates Pasadena’s rich history as an innovative “City of Astronomy.”

The Palomar Transient Factory and IPAC announces the Third Data Release (DR3). Announcement Thu, Sep 01, 2016

The Palomar Transient Factory and IPAC announces the Third Data Release (DR3). This release adds to DR1 and DR2 by including selected g- and R-band data obtained from January 1, 2013 through January 28, 2015.

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.

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.

50 Years of Infrared Astronomy 50yearsirposter_r5 Announcement Fri, Sep 25, 2015

The development of Infrared astronomy over the past fifty years has transformed our view of the Universe. This year we celebrate five decades of IR astronomy at Caltech. In particular, we honor the contributions of Gerry Neugebauer, Keith Matthews, and Tom Soifer to the past, present and future of IR astronomy at Caltech.