How many high school teachers and kids can say that they have presented their astronomy research alongside professional astronomers at an international conference? These folks can! The NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) is sending nearly 75 teachers and students to the winter 2014 meeting of the American Astronomical Society, held in National Harbor, MD, just outside Washington, DC, from Jan 5-9, 2014. NITARP partners small groups of educators with a research astronomer for a year-long authentic research project. The educators and their students from the 2013 class are presenting the results of their work over the past year, and the educators from the 2014 class are meeting their teams and getting started on their projects. Several self-funded NITARP alumni are also returning to the AAS to present work they have done after being intensively involved in the program.
This talk on "From IRAS to Spitzer and Beyond: 30 Years of Space-Based Infrared Astronomy" was given as part of the public Von Karman Lecture Series, and was webcast/recorded at JPL on November 7, 2013.
Most blog readers are no doubt familiar with the world of space telescopes. But have you ever gone to your friends and asked them what comes to mind when they hear the word "Spitzer?" Chances are, they will ask if you are referring to a certain politician… Or maybe a carbonated beverage. Now is the time to set them straight! This week is the 10th birthday of the Spitzer Space Telescope, and we are celebrating the wealth of images that it has brought us over the past decade.