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ESA/Hubble Science Newsletter
24 January 2014


Dear Hubble Users,

Best wishes to you all for a happy and successful 2014!

We are just back, fully energised, from the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society, held in Washington DC from 5–9 January 2014. Hubble is going very strongly: Hubble's results had great prominence, with seven press releases, including the first release from the Frontier Fields observing campaign (heic1401), new results from the distant Universe (opo1405a), Messier 83 citizen science (heic1403), and new and innovative ways to make Hubble images accessible to underserved communities such as the visually impaired (ann1401).

Also please be aware that we are always looking for new and exciting results. Do not forget that ESA/Hubble provides a very valuable resource to European astronomers who would like to see their results disseminated — if interested, please contact our Press/Public Information Officer Nicky Guttridge (

Looking to the future, we are eager to see what exciting science you will be proposing for Cycle 22. As you may have already seen, the Cycle 22 Call for Proposals has been issued, with a deadline of 11 April. The Time Allocation Committee has been assigned and will meet at STScI in June 2014 — the results will be announced at the end of June.

Finally, we would like to hear from you. If you find this quarterly newsletter useful and informative, or you have suggestions for improvement, or topics you would like to see discussed, please send us a note by emailing We are always delighted to hear from you and get your feedback!

Antonella Nota
ESA HST Project Scientist/STScI Baltimore

Science Announcements

The HST archive amidst ESA's space mission archives

24 January 2014: The European version of the Hubble Space Telescope archive, now served from ESA's Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), has its roots back in the early 1980s. At the time, it was felt that European users of Hubble might be handicapped by the need to communicate with, or even physically travel to, STScI, the scientific operations centre of Hubble in Baltimore, ...

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Science with the Hubble Space Telescope IV update

24 January 2014: We are less than two months away from the start of the Science with the Hubble Space Telescope IV conference, to be held at the prestigious Accademia dei Lincei in Rome on 17–20 March 2014. This conference is designed to highlight the scientific breakthroughs made by the Hubble Space Telescope in its two decades of life. We have three ...

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Science meets art with the Heaven’s Carousel

24 January 2014: As announced earlier, the Science with the Hubble Space Telescope IV conference in March 2014 aims to share the latest results from Hubble across the broad canvas of astronomy, also looking at what will shape the field of astrophysics in the next decade. Alongside this scientific content, there will be an innovative art installation using sound and light ...

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Seeing double  Hubble close-up on the Coma Cluster  A star set to explode  Messier 65 through the years  Flat as a pancake 

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