Observational Astronomy

MIPSGAL: MIPS/Spitzer Survey of the Galactic Plane

 MIPSGAL is a survey of the Galactic plane at 24 and 70 microns using Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS) Space Telescope. This is one of the most sensitive survey in the mid-infrared of our Galactic plane. In this talk, Dr. Shenoy shall describe the science requirements, strategies, and data reduction of the survey program. He will outline some of the science topics that can be explored by the community using his team's data.

Science in my life, and the unpredictability of discovery

Professor Townes is the 1964 Nobel prize winner for fundamental work in the field of quantum electronics, which has led to the construction of oscillators and amplifiers based on the maser-laser principle. He is a former member of the SETI Institute board. His presentation will focus on the fact that many of the most important discoveries have been unpredicted surprises, hence we need to search intensely and hopefully. He will illustrate this with his own personal history, and other interesting examples that he knows well. 

Exploring the Extreme Universe with GLAST

NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) mission was launched into orbit on June 11, 2008. GLAST's mission is to explore the most energetic and exotic objects in the cosmos: blazing galaxies, intense stellar explosions and super-massive black holes. All the instruments on board are working well, and details of the hardware for Large Area Telescope and the GLAST Burst Monitor are described, along with opportunities for ground-based astronomers to get involved with GLAST. Professor Cominsky will present the first exciting results from the mission.

Liverpool Telescope: Development and science results from a fully autonomous common-user telescope

The Liverpool Telescope is a fully autonomous robotic telescope at the world-class observatory site on La Palma in the Canary Islands, owned and operated by Liverpool John Moores University (UK). Robert will summarize the original motivation for building such a facility and the design features of telescope, instrumentation and control software which enable its unusual operating mode.

Looking back in time 13 billion years to when the Universe was young: searching for the earliest galaxies with Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope recently finished taking the deepest image of the Universe ever in the near-infrared. This unique new image was assembled from data taken in 2009 and 2010, and has enabled us to look billions of years back in time to find some of the earliest galaxies that were forming when the Universe was very young, just 5% of its current age. These tiny galaxies are the seeds that grew into the myriad great galaxies of today, like the nearby Andromeda galaxy and our own Milky Way. In this talk, Dr.


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