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NASA at the American Astronomical Society

NASA scientists will present new findings on a wide range of astrophysics topics next week at the American Astronomical Society's (AAS) 223rd annual meeting. The meeting takes place Jan. 5-9 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Md. Media registration for the event is open.

 


Monday, January 6, 2014

EVENT: News Conference: Tick…Tick…Tick… Boom! - First Measurement of Gravitational Lensing in Gamma Rays; Chi Cheung of the Naval Research Laboratory.
TIME: 10:15 a.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC: Astronomers using NASA's Fermi observatory have made the first gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a kind of natural telescope formed when a rare cosmic alignment allows the gravity of a massive object to bend and amplify light from a more distant source. The accomplishment opens new avenues for research, including a novel way to probe emission regions near supermassive black holes. It may even be possible to uncover new gravitational lenses with data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

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EVENT: NASA Kepler Town Hall - 2014 and beyond
TIME: 12:45 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Potomac Ballroom D
TOPIC: Status update on NASA's Kepler spacecraft.

 

EVENT: News Conference: From Exoplanets to Exo-Earths - Characterizing Earth-size Planets from Kepler Using Radial Velocities; Geoff Marcy from the University of California, Berkeley.
TIME: 2:15 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC: NASA's Kepler mission has found that 85 percent of its transiting planets are less than four times the size of Earth. These planets dominate planetary systems in the galaxy yet they are not represented in our solar system. The Kepler team reports the results of a multi-year ground-based follow-up observation program that includes size and mass measurements of these enigmatic worlds larger in size than Earth but smaller than Neptune.

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EVENT: SOFIA Mission Status and Science Update
TIME: 6:30 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Maryland Ballroom A
TOPIC: Status update on NASA's SOFIA aircraft and its science mission.
 


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

EVENT: News Briefing: "Probing Stormy Weather on Brown Dwarfs"
TIME: 10:15 a.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC: Aren Heinze of Stony Brook University, New York, will present new research from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope on the surprisingly stormy weather of "failed" stars called brown dwarfs.

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EVENT: News Conference: First Light from the Gemini Planet Imager
TIME: 10:15 a.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC: A state-of-the-art instrument for imaging planets around other stars has produced its first images. Called the Gemini Planet Imager, the instrument is based at the Gemini South telescope in Chile. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, contributed ultra-precise infrared technology to the project.

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EVENT: Education and Public Outreach, Student Welcome
TIME: 11:30 a.m. EST
LOCATION: Potomac Ballroom A
TOPIC: John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, will meet and welcome students interested in Astrophysics.

 

EVENT: NASA Town Hall
TIME: 12:45 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Potomac Ballroom A
TOPIC: NASA Astrophysics Division Director, Paul Hertz, will provide an update to NASA's Astrophysics mission, its projects and budget. John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, will also attend

 

EVENT: NASA Media Opportunity
TIME: Approximately 1:50 p.m. EST (immediately after the NASA Town Hall Meeting).
LOCATION: Media Briefing Room
TOPIC: Media are invited to an exclusive opportunity to meet with John Grunsfeld, NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), and Paul Hertz, Director of NASA’s Astrophysics Division.

 

EVENT: News Conference: Making Invisible Galaxies Visible - Discovery & Characterization of Surprisingly Luminous Galaxy Candidates at z ~ 9-10.
TIME: 2:15 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC: The Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope joined forces to discover and characterize four unusually bright galaxies as they appeared more than 13 billion years ago, just 500 million years after the big bang. Though Hubble has previously identified galaxies at this early epoch, astronomers were surprised to find objects that are about 10 to 20 times more luminous than anything seen previously.

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EVENT: News Conference: Deep, Deeper, Deepest: The HST Frontier Fields; Jennifer Lotz from the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.
TIME: 2:15 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC: The first of a set of unprecedented, super-deep views of the universe from an ambitious collaborative program called The Frontier Fields is being released. The long-exposure image taken with the Hubble Space Telescope is the deepest-ever picture of a cluster of galaxies, and also contains nearly 3,000 images of some of the intrinsically faintest and youngest galaxies ever detected.

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EVENT: News Conference: Ultrafaint Ultraviolet Galaxies at the Epoch of Peak Star Formation 1 < z < 3; Anahita Alavi from the University of California, Riverside.
TIME: 2:15 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC: Scientists have long suspected there must be a hidden population of small faint galaxies that were responsible during the universe's early years for producing a majority of stars now present in the cosmos. At last the Hubble Space Telescope has found them in the deepest ultraviolet light exposures made of the early universe. This underlying population is 100 times more abundant in the universe than their more massive cousins that were detected previously.

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EVENT: News Conference: You Can Touch This! Bringing Hubble Images to Life as 3D Models; Carol Christian from the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.
TIME: 2:15 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC: Astronomers at the STScI are experimenting with the innovative technology to transform astronomy education by turning images from the Hubble Space Telescope into tactile 3-D pictures for people who cannot explore celestial wonders by sight. The 3-D print design is also useful and intriguing for sighted people who have different learning styles.

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EVENT: Exoplanet Exploration Program News
TIME: 6:30 p.m. EST
LOCATION: National Harbor 3
TOPIC: The briefing highlighting the latest news from NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program.
 


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

 

EVENT: Briefing - NICER - Future X-Ray Astrophysics from the ISS; Maryland 1
TIME: 10 a.m. EST
LOCATION: Maryland 1
TOPIC: Discussion of NICER's current status and future capabilities.

 

EVENT: News Conference: Care & Feeding of Black Holes - Tidal Disruption Events from Archival X-ray Observations of Dwarf Galaxies; Peter Maksym from the University of Alabama.
TIME: 10:15 a.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC: Discussion of what may be the first case of a black hole destroying a star in a dwarf galaxy.

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EVENT: News Conference: Care and Feeding of Black Holes - Swift/X-Ray Telescope Monitoring Campaign of the Galactic Center
TIME: 10:15 a.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC: A 7-year campaign to monitor the center of our galaxy with NASA 's Swift spacecraft has provided astronomers with a unique bounty, doubling the number of flares observed from the central black hole, discovering a highly magnetized neutron star and revealing new X-ray binary systems.

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EVENT: Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Town Hall
TIME: 12:45 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Potomac Ballroom A
TOPIC: Status update on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope.

 

EVENT: NASA Media Opportunity: SOFIA Announces 2014 Ambassador Selections
TIME: 2:15 p.m. EST
LOCATION: SOFIA Booth in the Exhibits Room.
TOPIC: NASA's SOFIA team will announce the selectees for the 2014 Ambassadors Program. Interview opportunities with NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for
Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors, educators who
have had a flight opportunity on SOFIA and have taken their experiences
back their classrooms and their communities.

 

EVENT: Briefing: Preparing for Future NASA Missions: The Strategic Astrophysics Technology Program
TIME: 6:30 p.m. EST
LOCATION: National Harbor 2
TOPIC: A look at where NASA's Astrophysics program plans to go in the future, budget willing.

 

EVENT: Briefing: Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST)
TIME: 6:30 p.m. EST
LOCATION: National Harbor 3
TOPIC: A status update on the NAC 2010 Decadal Survey's top priority.
 


Thursday, January 9, 2014

EVENT: News Conference: The Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project; Elena Sabbi from the Space Telescope Science Institute
TIME: 10:15 a.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC: Hubble infrared vision uncovers a dazzling new view deep inside the Tarantula Nebula, revealing a glittering treasure trove of more than 800,000 stars and protostars embedded inside the nebula. The images allow astronomers to can follow how episodes of star birth migrate across the region in space and time.

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EVENT: News Conference: Early Results from Star Date: M83 — A Citizen Science Project to Age Date Star Clusters; Jeremy Heartley from the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.
TIME: 10:15 a.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC: A photogenic and favorite target for amateur astronomers, the full beauty nearby barred spiral galaxy M83 is unveiled in all of it glory in the Hubble Space Telescope mosaic image. The galactic panorama and unveils a tapestry of the drama of stellar birth and death spread across 50,000 of light years. This image is being used to support a citizen science project titled STAR DATE: M83. The primary goal is toimate ages for approximately 3000 star clusters in M83.

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EVENT: Science Writers Seminar on Near-Earth Objects
TIME: 12:45 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC:  During the lunch break on Thursday, the AAS is offering a seminar for science writers entitled “Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Ask About Near-Earth Objects: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, What We Need to Know.” Speakers include Amy Mainzer of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and Lindley Johnson of NASA Headquarters, Washington.

 

EVENT: News Conference: New Images from NuSTAR - Obscured Black Holes and the Hand of God; Daniel Stern from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
TIME: 2:15 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Chesapeake D/E
TOPIC: Daniel Stern, the project scientist for NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) at JPL, will give an update on the telescope's hunt for hidden black holes, and present two new images.

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