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IYA Multiwavelength Image Unveiling. Teleconference Briefing: What You Need to Know for Your Institution’s Great Observatories IYA Image Unveiling Event Denise Smith and Carolyn Slivinski Space Telescope Science Institute Sept. 22, 2009. Call-In Etiquette.

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iya multiwavelength image unveiling
IYA Multiwavelength Image Unveiling

Teleconference Briefing:

What You Need to Know

for Your Institution’s Great Observatories

IYA Image Unveiling Event

Denise Smith and Carolyn SlivinskiSpace Telescope Science Institute

Sept. 22, 2009

call in etiquette
Call-In Etiquette

Please remember to mute your phone unless you have a question or comment during the telecon.

Use the MUTE function key on your phone OR press *6 to mute or unmute if you don't have a mute function key.

Do NOT use the Hold Key as that sometimes plays music to the telecon!


NASA Museum Alliance: a nationwide network of professionals at museums, science centers, planetariums, observatory visitor centers . . .

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

“Whenever something happens in the sky--an eclipse, a falling star, a NASA mission--people call their local museum or planetarium.”

--Bill Gutsch and Jim Manning (former presidents of International Planetarium Society)

  • The Museum Alliance aims to make the local museum or planetarium staff the local experts on space . . . and NASA.
  • You are already knowledgeable space enthusiasts
  • You do live educational and public programs every day
  • Museum Alliance provides advance alerts about launches, landings
    • Allows you time to plan, schedule, and publicize
  • Museum Alliance provides professional development about NASA topics
    • Direct access to NASA experts on current topics
    • Timely access to high-quality, accurate materials
  • Museum Alliance is a “front-door” into NASA not previously available
  • Museum Alliance is a two-way street: we listen to your needs
  • It’s all about relationships . . .

Register at https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum/alliance

the international year of astronomy

The International Year of Astronomy


To help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day and night time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery.


A global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, highlighted by the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo.


u s and nasa contributions

U.S. and NASA Contributions

U.S. Goal

To offer an engaging astronomy experience to every person in the country, nurture existing partnerships and build new connections to sustain public interest.

NASA’s Contribution

  • Opportunities for youth and adults to make their own observations of the universe
  • Professional development experiences for educators
  • Community-based activities

These activities aim to increase awareness of astronomy, and to strengthen interest in science and science education.


your contributions
Your Contributions

You play an important role in bringing the wonders of the universe to your community during the International Year of Astronomy (and beyond)!

the basics
The Basics
  • The International Year of Astronomy Great Observatories Image Unveiling is supported by the NASA Science Mission Directorate Astrophysics Division.
  • The project is a collaboration between the Space Telescope Science Institute, the Spitzer Science Center, and the Chandra X-ray Center.
  • As a partner in this collaboration you will:
    • Receive two large prints of the Galactic Center
    • Host an event for the public to “unveil” these two prints between Nov. 10, 2009 and Nov. 30, 2009
    • Install the prints in your institution on a “permanent” basis
    • Report back to us about your event
reminder on the embargo
Reminder on the Embargo
  • Why is there a specific time frame for the events? We will have the prints more than a week before Nov. 10… can my institution hold the event before Nov. 10?


The images you will receive may not released to the public until Nov. 10. In signing up for this event, you have agreed to abide by the embargo date. The official NASA press release will occur on Nov. 10. Your unveiling event must not be scheduled before that date.

the great observatories
The Great Observatories

Each of the three Great Observatories (Chandra, Hubble, Spitzer) detects different wavelengths of light.

Check out “Telescopes from the Ground Up” at http://amazing-space.stsci.edu

invisible light in astronomy
“Invisible” Light in Astronomy

Each part of the electromagnetic spectrum provides a piece of the puzzle in understanding our universe.

Messier 51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy

Please contact Carolyn for image credits

hubble spitzer chandra images of the center of our milky way galaxy
Hubble - Spitzer - Chandra Images of the Center of Our Milky Way Galaxy
  • These are preview images to help you understand what you will receive.
  • Reminder: the images are embargoed.
  • More about the science of the Great Observatories, and these images in particular, will be covered in the next telecon!

Print size: 36” wide by 48” tall

the multiwavelength composite
“The Multiwavelength Composite”

Putting it all together…

You can download larger versions here:


Print size: 72” wide by 36” tall

about the print material
About the print material
  • Will the print be stiff or flexible?
    • The prints are quite sturdy, yet are flexible enough to be rolled for shipping.
  • Are they paper?
    • No, they are made of Duramax, which has a plastic feel
  • Will fingerprints be a problem?
    • No, the prints are very resistant to fingerprints
  • Will they crease?
    • Yes, folding the print may cause permanent creases
  • How can we mount the prints?
    • There are many options: some may apply Velcro to the back and mount on a fabric- or carpet-covered wall; some may frame the images; some may glue them to glass (this may destroy them on removal, however)
  • Can they be backlit?
    • No
other resources
Other Resources?
  • Check out the education sections of the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra websites:
    • http://amazing-space.stsci.edu
    • http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu
    • http://chandra.harvard.edu
  • What other material will we receive?
    • A small number of print materials will be shipped to you separately
    • Samples of a Press Release and Media Advisory will be posted on the password-protected site
    • Links to the IYA logo will be posted on the password-protected site

Partners: Observing Experiences

NASA Night Sky Network

  • Amateur astronomy clubs committed to bringing the wonders of the universe to the public
    • Telescopes
    • Hands-on activities
    • NASA resources
  • Partner with a local club to provide observing experiences for your community
  • Find out about telescope observing opportunities and activities



Observing Resources

IYA Discovery Guides

  • Build on the contributions and excitement of the Night Sky Network, NASA missions, and ASP partners
  • Activity for each NASA IYA topic of the month
  • Finding chart for each NASA IYA object of the month
  • Article, links, and more!



Online Telescopes


  • A network of 5 telescopes
  • Automated, weather-proof
  • Control via the Internet
  • Intuitive web interface
  • E-mail response after image taken
  • Half million images since 1998
  • Users in all 50 states

Technical Details:

6in Maksutov reflector

B,V,R,I, ND-4 filters

650x500 pixel at 5”/pxl

1º x 0.75º field


what about the next telecon
What about the next telecon?
  • The next telecon will be held Tuesday October 6 at 2 pm Eastern
  • This telecon will cover the SCIENCE behind the images, how they were created, and what scientists are hoping to learn about our universe.
  • This telecon will have scientists from the Chandra, Spitzer and Hubble programs presenting.
  • This telecon is to help you to prepare and to learn - ask questions!

Reminder: The information covered on these teleconferences is embargoed. You may not invite members of the public to the telecon.

after the event
After the event…

Your event is one way that NASA shares its discoveries with the public. It is very important for us to be able to report back to NASA about the success of the program, to help NASA understand the public impact. For that reason we ask you to:

  • Fill out a short post-event summary (we will provide a form for you)
  • Send us pictures of your unveiling event
    • Please include Photo Releases for any photos with children under 18
  • Check back later on the public website to see some of the photos of your successful events!
key information
Key Information
  • The public website: http://hubblesource.stsci.edu/events/iyafinale/
    • Contains specifics about the requirements, updated FAQ’s, key dates
  • The password protected website: http://hubblesource.stsci.edu/events/iyafinale/support/
    • Username and Password were emailed to you on 9/16
    • Contains information about telecons
    • Telecon presentation slides will be posted
    • Telecon transcripts will be posted at a later date
    • Will post low-resolution versions of the images
    • Will post the full high-resolution images at a later date; these images will be EMBARGOED until Nov. 10, 2009