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Spitzer Hears Stellar 'Heartbeat' from Planetary Companion Ssc2017-01_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, Feb 14, 2017

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.

How Far Away is That Galaxy? Vast Catalog Has Answers Pia21084 NED Thu, Jan 05, 2017

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 Spies One Comet, Maybe Two Pia21259_hires NEOWISE Thu, Dec 29, 2016

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.

Are planets like those in 'Star Wars: Rogue One' really out there? NASA plans to find out Header_scarif_ocean WFIRST Thu, Dec 15, 2016

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 in January 2017 Enscibrochure2017_outside Euclid Mon, Dec 12, 2016

ENSCI will be at the IPAC Booth at the 229th AAS meeting on January 3-7, 2017, in Grapevine, Texas.

NASA Space Telescopes Pinpoint Elusive Brown Dwarf Feature16-18_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Nov 10, 2016

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.

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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.