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Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars

This is a photo composite of the encounter of Comet Siding Spring with Mars on October 19, 2014. Separate Hubble Space Telescope images of Mars and the comet have been combined together into a single picture. This is a composite image because a single exposure of the stellar background, Comet Siding Spring, and Mars would be problematic because the objects are all moving with respect to each other and the background stars. Hubble can only track one planetary target at a time. Also, Mars is actually 10,000 times brighter than the comet, and the exposure here has been adjusted so that details on the Red Planet can be seen.

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Cycle 22 Call for Proposals

NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute released the Cycle 22 Call for Proposals for Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Observations and funding for Archival Research and Theoretical Research programs on January 6, 2014. Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies. This solicitation for proposals will be open through April 11, 2014 8:00pm EDT.

The Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT), which is required for Phase I proposal submission, was released for Cycle 22 Phase I use on February 12. Proposal selection results will be announced by the end of June 2014. For more information please see the Cycle 22 Announcement Page.

Science With the Hubble Space Telescope IV

The conference on "Science With the Hubble Space Telescope IV: Looking to the Future" will be held at the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome, Italy, on March 17-20, 2014. This conference is designed to highlight the scientific breakthroughs made by HST in its two decade life. For more information please see the conference web page.

HST Frontier Fields

Using Director's Discretionary (DD) observing time, HST is undertaking a revolutionary deep field observing program to peer deeper into the Universe than ever before and provide a first glimpse of JWST's universe. These Frontier Fields will combine the power of HST with the natural gravitational telescopes of high-magnification clusters of galaxies. Using both the Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys in parallel, HST will produce the deepest observations of clusters and their lensed galaxies ever obtained, and the second-deepest observations of blank fields (located near the clusters). These images will reveal distant galaxy populations ~10 - 100 times fainter than any previously observed, improve our statistical understanding of galaxies during the epoch of reionization, and provide unprecedented measurements of the dark matter within massive clusters.

Observations for the first epoch of Abell 2744 have been completed in October through December 2013, and for the first epoch of MACSJ0416.1-2403 in January and February 2014.  For data releases, please see the MAST Frontier Fields website.

The Frontier Fields public lensing models have been released and are available on the MAST Frontier Fields Lensing Model website. This website includes interactive tools for examining the lensing maps and obtaining magnifications and uncertainties from a variety of models, given a position and redshift.

For more information about the survey, please see the Frontier Fields website.

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The ETCs are web-based applications that assist Hubble users in preparing Phase I and Phase II observing proposals. The ETCs calculate exposure times or SNRs for simulated astronomical observations using any of HST's primary instruments:

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