A planet and a star are having a tumultuous romance that can be detected from 370 light-years away. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected unusual pulsations in the outer shell of a star called HAT-P-2. Scientists' best guess is that a closely orbiting planet, called HAT-P-2b, causes these vibrations each time it gets close to the star in its orbit.
A team of researchers has compiled a special catalog to help astronomers figure out the true distances to tens of thousands of galaxies beyond our own Milky Way. The catalog, called NED-D, is a critical resource, not only for studying these galaxies, but also for determining the distances to billions of other galaxies strewn throughout the universe. NED-D is part of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), an online repository containing information on more than 100 million galaxies.
NASA's NEOWISE mission has recently discovered some celestial objects traveling through our neighborhood, including one on the blurry line between asteroid and comet. Another--definitely a comet--might be seen with binoculars through next week.
In the "Star Wars" universe, ice, ocean and desert planets burst from the darkness as your ship drops out of light speed. But these worlds might be more than just science fiction.
ENSCI will be at the IPAC Booth at the 229th AAS meeting on January 3-7, 2017, in Grapevine, Texas.
In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes joined forces to observe a microlensing event, when a distant star brightens due to the gravitational field of at least one foreground cosmic object.
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). This release adds to DR1 and DR2 by including selected g- and R-band data obtained from January 1, 2013 through January 28, 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.