Alone on the cosmic road, far from any known celestial object, a young, independent star is going through a tremendous growth spurt.
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.
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.
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.
Astronomers have gained a new perspective on the behavior of outbursting star FU Orionis, using data from an airborne observatory and a space telescope.
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.
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.
The Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) has released raw images and spectra from the Low Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (LRIS). As of Oct 1 3,480 nights of LRIS data have been archived, and 3,294 nights are public. These data go back as far as 1994.