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NASA: "Wacky World of Exoplanets Continues to Surprise Astronomers"

Planets having atmospheres rich in helium may be common in our galaxy, according to a new theory based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.They wouldn't float like balloons or give you the chance to talk in high, squeaky voices,...

Giant Exoplanet Discovered 13,000 Light-Years Away Is Among The Most Distant Ever Seen

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

A newly discovered alien planet is one of the most distant yet spotted. Known formally as "OGLE-2014-BLG-0124Lb," the gas giant was detected by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the OGLE Warsaw Telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Show More Summary

Spitzer space telescope used to help spot one of the most distant known planets

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The NASA Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with the Polish Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE)'s Warsaw Telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile to observe a distant gas giant located some 13,000 light-years away. Show More Summary

Spitzer, OGLE spot planet deep within our galaxy

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with a telescope on the ground to find a remote gas planet about 13,000 light-years away, making it one of the most distant planets known.

Trio of Ancient Galaxies Formed Shortly After the Big Bang (Weekend Feature)

In November of 2013, astronomers using the combined power of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile and NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes announced the discovery of a far-flung trio of primitive galaxies nestled inside an enormous...

Citizen scientists lead astronomers to mystery objects in space

Sometimes it takes a village to find new and unusual objects in space. Volunteers scanning tens of thousands of starry images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, using the Web-based Milky Way Project, recently stumbled upon a new class of curiosities that had gone largely unrecognized before: yellow balls. Show More Summary

Stormy Worlds Beyond Our Solar System -- "Megastorms Several Times Size of Jupiters Great Red Spot"

Orbiting the Earth 353 miles above the ground, the Hubble Space Telescope silently pivots toward its new target. At the same time, flying 93 million miles away in interplanetary space, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope receives commands to point itself at...

"A Vast Place of Stellar Life" --An Infrared Probe of Ringed Galaxy NGC 1291

This ringed galaxy is actually a vast place of stellar life. Though galaxy NGC 1291 shown in this newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is quite old, roughly 12 billion years, it is marked by an unusual ring...

Galactic Wheel of Life shines in new infrared space image from NASA Spitzer telescope

8 months agoHumor : Boing Boing

In this spectacular image released this week, an older galaxy ignites with an outer ring of stellar life. Read the rest

Clear Skies and Water Vapor Discovered on a Distant Planet --"A Significant Milepost" Says NASA

Astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes -- Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler -- have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making...

NASA finds clear skies on exoplanet

9 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

In a display of interstellar teamwork, NASA’s Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes have discovered clear skies and water vapor in the atmosphere of a Neptune-sized planet orbiting a star 120 light years from Earth. According to...Show More Summary

Clear skies on exo-Neptune

Astronomers using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Kepler Space Telescope have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapour on a planet outside our Solar System. The planet, knownShow More Summary

New NASA Team Spots Massive Galaxies at the Very Edge of the Visible Universe

A new survey of galaxies by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is taking a plunge into the deep and uncharted waters of our cosmos. In one of the longest surveys the telescope will have ever performed, astronomers have begun a three-month...

NASA's Spitzer scopes out huge asteroid smashup. And just misses it.

10 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

When Spitzer Space Telescope captured the billowing aftermath of a colossal asteroid smashup 1,200 light-years away, scientists realized they were watching a scene much like the one that played out billions of years ago in our own solar system.

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope witnesses asteroid smashup

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.

'We finally found it': Scientists get first look at 'monster' galaxy forming

Yale astronomers have discovered a new look at the formation of "the Universe's monster galaxies," Phys.org reports, and the results are fascinating. The Yale researchers used data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, and the W.M. Show More Summary

Chandra X-ray Observatory celebrates 15th anniversary with new supernova images

11 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Today is the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Chandra is one of NASA's "Great Observatories," along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope. Since its launch, its x-ray vision and high...Show More Summary

Black hole fireworks in nearby galaxy

Celebrants this Fourth of July will enjoy the dazzling lights and booming shock waves from the explosions of fireworks. A similarly styled event is taking place in the galaxy Messier 106, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Herschel Space Observatory. Herschel is a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions.

NASA and astronomy community looking for ways to keep Spitzer going

Although NASA accepted last month a recommendation by a senior review panel not to continue the Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA and the astronomy community are working on ways to continue the mission at a reduced funding level by freeing up funds elsewhere in the astrophysics program. “We have invited the Spitzer program to submit a [...]

Darkest Spots of the Cosmos --"Clues to Massive Stars that Forge the Heavy Elements that Create Planets & Living Organisms"

Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. Infrared observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of these blackest-of-black regions paradoxically light the way to understanding how the brightest stars form....

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