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Planck Mission Explores the History of Our Universe Planck15-002_tn Planck Thu, Feb 05, 2015

New data from Planck are helping scientists better understand the history and fabric of our universe, as well as our own Milky Way galaxy.

Gravitational Waves from Early Universe Remain Elusive Planck15-001_tn Planck Fri, Jan 30, 2015

A joint analysis of data from the Planck space mission and the ground-based experiment BICEP2 has found no conclusive evidence of gravitational waves from the birth of our universe, despite earlier reports of a possible detection.

Citizen Scientists Lead Astronomers to Mystery Objects in Space Feature15-01_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, Jan 27, 2015

"Hmm, what's that?" Simply by asking the question, volunteers have led researchers to illuminate a little-known stage of massive star formation.

NEOWISE: A Yearlong Look at the Sky Pia19101-800x600 WISE Thu, Jan 15, 2015

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft discovered and characterized 40 near-Earth objects (NEOs) in the first year after the mission was re-started in December 2013. Eight of the discoveries have been classified as potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs), based on their size and how close their orbits could come to Earth's orbit.

Discovering Our Universe from the Classroom: Teacher Research Program Brings NASA Research to Schools Across America Feature14-23_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, Jan 06, 2015

How many high school teachers and kids can say that they have presented their astronomy reach alongside professional astronomers at an international conference? These folks can.

NASA’s Kepler Marks 1,000th Exoplanet Discovery, Uncovers More Small Worlds in Habitable Zones Kepler_hall_of_fame_jan2015_profile-full Kepler Tue, Jan 06, 2015

How many stars like our sun host planets like our Earth? NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system, and to date has offered scientists an assortment of more than 4,000 candidate planets for further study -- the 1,000th of which was recently verified.

Bulletins

KOA Releases ESI Data Science Release Thu, Jul 31, 2014

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.

KOA Releases LRIS Data Koa Science Release Fri, Oct 11, 2013

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.