2016 • Volume 33 • Issue 02

During June, 2016, led by the Cycle 24 TAC chair, Prof. Catherine Pilachowski, more than 150 panelists and TAC members reviewed the 1,094 Cycle 24 proposals. Follow the process from beginning to end, culminating in the list of accepted proposals. (A. Moro-Martín, B. Blacker, and the Science Policy Group Team)


Astronomers routinely work with data spread out over catalogs, images, spectra, spectral cubes, and more complex datasets, and being able to effectively visualize and explore these data all together is crucial to enabling discoveries. To address this challenge, we have developed a new open-source python package named glue that allows scientists to visualize many different types of data, and explore relationships within and across related datasets. (T. Robitaille)


DASH is a way to circumvent the limitations imposed by guide star acquisitions. If new guide stars are not acquired between pointings, it is possible to fit a larger number of distinct pointings in a single orbit. This way, the WFC3/IR can cover an area as wide as 1 deg2 in just 100 orbits, much faster and less costly than previously possible. (I. Momcheva)


A widely used feature of MAST is our collection of HLSPs, which include science-ready, fully reduced, publication-quality products. Data is available on planets, stars, ISM, galaxies, AGN, clusters, and many other types of objects, across a wide range of wavelengths. The products include full-depth mosaics from large surveys, photometric catalogs, image and spectral atlases, time series lightcurves, spectral linelists, and model simulations, and include interactive display tools in many cases. The HLSPs at MAST are ideal for jumpstarting new science. (A. M. Koekemoer, and the STScI Archive Team at MAST)


Dr. Kenneth R. Sembach, Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Nancy Levenson to the position of STScI Deputy Director. Dr. Levenson is currently the Deputy Director and Head of Science of the Gemini Observatory. She provides leadership for Gemini South operations in Chile and has extensive knowledge of the technical, business, management, and public relations involved in running a major astronomical facility. She will arrive at the Institute in early November. (A. Jenkins)


Dr. Kenneth R. Sembach, Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas M. Brown to STScI Hubble Space Telescope Mission Head. Dr. Brown has a long, in-depth history with both Hubble and Webb, working with teams throughout the Institute and with the Institute's partners on the development of Webb's operations and science support. (A. Jenkins)

We are pleased to announce that the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) Newsletter has migrated to a completely electronic form. There are many significant advantages in an all-electronic newsletter—for example, we can publish articles incrementally to produce more timely information. Accordingly, we will release each issue at roughly monthly intervals—a few articles at a time. (C. Christian and A. Jenkins)


Hubble Frontier Fields (HFF) is a Director's Discretionary Time campaign designed to probe as deep as is feasible with the Hubble Space Telescope. The final Abell 370 visit of the HFF program executed successfully on September 11, 2016, around 6 p.m. local (Eastern Standard) time. The data arrived safely onto disks at the Institute and processing and calibration began immediately. (C. Christian and the Frontier Fields Team)