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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.

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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.

From IRAS to Spitzer and Beyond: 30 years of Space-Based Infrared Astronomy Irhistory_rec Feature Wed, Nov 13, 2013

2013 is a significant year in infrared astronomy -- it marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of IRAS, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite, which revolutionized our view of the infrared cosmos, increasing the number of known infrared sources by about 70%. This talk will review some of the major discoveries from some of the many important infrared astronomy missions.

Managing the Deluge of 'Big Data' From Space Pia17446 Feature Thu, Oct 17, 2013

For NASA and its dozens of missions, data pour in every day like rushing rivers. Spacecraft monitor everything from our home planet to faraway galaxies, beaming back images and information to Earth.

IPAC Astronomer takes on Death Valley in the Death Valley Express Img_0949 Feature Thu, Jul 28, 2011

On August 8, 2011 IPAC astronomer Bill Latter will live a dream by attempting a grand journey and a great challenge - both physically and mentally. Bill will be traveling the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon course on foot. This is a trek from Badwater Basin in Death Valley to the Mt. Whitney Portals above Owens Valley – a distance of 135 miles with extreme heat and 13,000 feet of ascent.

A Night with the Stars...in a Conference Room 555021main_amy_stars-43_1024-768 Feature Tue, May 31, 2011

Sometimes astronomers take trips out to ground-based observatories. They sleep during the day, and, instead of peering up at the night sky, they command the telescopes from computer screens. Some telescopes can also be operated remotely from laptops. JPL scientists Amy Mainzer and Mike Cushing recently spent an evening with the stars in a conference room at NASA's Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Longtime Employee of IPAC Reveals Secret to Career Success 1031-ct_booth_hartley_spotlight_medium Feature Mon, May 16, 2011

The summer of 1965 was one of dramatic firsts—Medicaid and Medicare were established, the Beatles played the first stadium concert in rock history, and U.S. astronaut Edward Higgins White made his maiden space walk.