NHSC eNews #69: New SPG 13.0 data; IPAC Grad Student Fellowships
In this issue
- Version 13 products available in Herschel Science Archive
- IPAC Visiting Graduate Student Fellowships 2016
- Conferences and workshops of interest to Herschel users
The highlights of the new version include:
- improved pointing reconstruction for all products
- for HIFI, electric standing wave corrections for bands 6 and 7, updated beam models and efficiencies, off-position spectra computed for every observing mode, spur-free deconvolved spectral scans, and new level 2.5 products
- for PACS, new photometric images produced with the Unimap mapmaker, new spectral cubes with evenly-sampled spectral grid, and we now provide standalone browse products also for PACS spectroscopy observations
- for SPIRE, better deglitched maps using a new multi-pass pipeline.
The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at Caltech announces the availability of 6-month graduate student fellowships. The program is designed to allow students from U.S. or international institutions to visit IPAC-Caltech and perform astronomical research in association with an IPAC scientist. Applicants should have completed preliminary course work in their graduate program. Funding will be provided by IPAC for the 6-month period. Students are expected to be at IPAC during the duration of the Fellowship, January to July.
The call for 2016 applications is now open. Deadline: August 17, 2015. More information is available from the Fellowship Webpage.
Our Sun Came Late to the Milky Way's Star-Birth Party
Feature • April 9, 2015
Our Sun missed the stellar "baby boom" that erupted in our young Milky Way galaxy 10 billion years ago. During that time the Milky Way was churning out stars 30 times faster than it does today. Our galaxy was ablaze with a firestorm of star birth as its rich reservoir of hydrogen gas compressed under gravity, creating myriad stars. But our Sun was not one of them. It was a late "boomer," arising 5 billion years later, when star birth had plunged to a trickle.