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17 hours agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

This has been a good week to be a nerd. Yesterday, NASA announced that its Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-sized planets around a single star. That parent star was bestowed the name TRAPPIST-1...

Seven New Exoplanets Discovered, Three Possibly Habitable

yesterdayHumor / odd : Neatorama

NASA has announced that the Spitzer Space Telescope had identified a dwarf star about 40 light years away, with seven Earth-size planets revolving around it. Three of those planets are in the habitable zone, meaning they have temperatures that could support liquid water and possibly sustain life. Show More Summary

Discovery of Earth-like planets thrills scientists

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed a system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. The discovery has scientists excited and wondering if there are other planets in the universe that could support human life. Chip Reid reports.

A Treasure Trove of Planets

This is wild from NASA: Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of these planets are firmly in the habitable zone. Over 21 days,...Show More Summary

How NASA used the Spitzer Space Telescope to research TRAPPIST-1

NASA used the powerful Spitzer Space Telescope as it studied TRAPPIST-1 and its 7 planets.        

Finding a needle in a space haystack

Stephanie Bernard is one in 24 million. The University of Melbourne PhD candidate is the only Australian given access to NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and she is using her time to explore one of the earliest galaxies in the univer...

Space telescopes pinpoint elusive brown dwarf

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes joined forces to observe a microlensing event, when a distant star brightens due to the gravitational field of at least one foreground cosmic object. This technique is useful for finding low-mass bodies orbiting stars, such as planets. In this case, the observations revealed a brown dwarf.

The frontier fields: Where primordial galaxies lurk

In the ongoing hunt for the universe's earliest galaxies, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has wrapped up its observations for the Frontier Fields project. This ambitious project has combined the power of all three of NASA's Great Observatories—Spitzer,...Show More Summary

NASA Spots Star Trek Enterprise In Deep Space

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has been exploring space, the final frontier. While seeking out new life and new civilizations and boldly going where no telescope has gone before, the Spitzer came across a surprising find in the vast reaches of space: a pair of Starfleet’s very own...

Image: 'Enterprise' nebulae seen by Spitzer

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the TV series "Star Trek," which first aired September 8th,1966, a new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope may remind fans of the historic show.

Spitzer space telescope beams down "Enterprise" nebulae

6 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

To mark the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, NASA today released images of a seemingly heavenly tribute to the television series that first aired on September 8, 1966. The infrared images of a pair of nebulae returned by the space agency's...Show More Summary

Space nebula looks like Star Trek's USS Enterprise, says NASA - CNET

6 months agoTechnology / Internet : Webware

NASA's Spitzer telescope spots a pair of starships in a beautiful set of nebulae.

A space 'spider' watches over young stars

A nebula known as "the Spider" glows fluorescent green in an infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). The Spider, officially named IC 417, lies near a much smaller object called NGC 1931, not pictured in the image. Show More Summary

Cosmic spider shows clear signs of active star formation

10 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), the Spider Nebula cuts a ghostly green figure in a new image release from NASA. The composite was captured in infrared light, a spectrum ordinarily invisible...Show More Summary

Study suggests massive exoplanet characterized by vast magma pools

11 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Using data collected by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of astronomers have produced the first ever heat map of an Earth-like exoplanet. The alien climate map paints a grim picture of a world scorched by its close proximity to...Show More Summary

We Are Dead Stars

My friend Michelle Thaller is an amazing person. I met her when she was doing public outreach for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope mission many years ago, and she has since risen in the ranks at NASA to become the deputy director of science communication there. Show More Summary

Runaway stars leave infrared waves

Astronomers have discovered roughly 100 of the fastest-moving stars in the Milky Way galaxy with the aid of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, and use of the Wyoming Infrared Observatory on Jelm Mountain near Laramie, Wyo.

Runaway stars leave infrared waves

In the last year, astronomers from the University of Wyoming have discovered roughly 100 of the fastest-moving stars in the Milky Way galaxy with the aid of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), and use of the Wyoming Infrared Observatory (WIRO) on Jelm Mountain near Laramie, Wyo. read more

Missing water mystery solved in comprehensive survey of exoplanets

A survey of 10 hot, Jupiter-sized exoplanets conducted with NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes has led a team to solve a long-standing mystery -- why some of these worlds seem to have less water than expected. The findings offer...Show More Summary

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