A star called KIC 8462852 has been in the news recently for unexplained and bizarre behavior. New clues emerge in the mystery of a star with odd light patterns.
ESO’s VISTA survey telescope has spied a horde of previously hidden massive galaxies that existed when the Universe was in its infancy. By discovering and studying more of these galaxies than ever before, astronomers have, for the first time, found out exactly when such monster galaxies first appeared.
The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is a NASA mission currently under study for the next decade whose primary objectives are to study the nature of dark energy, via gravitational lensing, supernovae and baryon acoustic oscillations, and search for and characterize exoplanets, via microlensing and coronagraphy. This international meeting, "Community Astrophysics with WFIRST: Guest Observer and Archival Science", to be held in Pasadena from 29 Feb. through 2 March 2016, will focus on the GO and GI components of the WFIRST mission, bringing together experts in the community to discuss groundbreaking science that can be done with the GO and archival opportunities of WFIRST. Due to the synergy between WFIRST and Euclid, this meeting is of great interest to the Euclid community.
Astronomers have discovered a giant gathering of galaxies in a very remote part of the universe, thanks to NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The galaxy cluster, located 8.5 billion light-years away, is the most massive structure yet found at such great distances.
NEOCam is one of 5 mission proposals picked by NASA for further study. NEOCam is an infrared asteroid-hunting telescope, which would discover 2/3 of near-Earth objects larger than 140m.
The central supermassive black hole of a recently discovered galaxy is far larger than should be possible, according to current theories of galactic evolution.
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.