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'Warm Neptune' Exoplanet Atmosphere Consists Of Hydrogen, Helium, Water Vapor

Scientists are studying water vapor in the atmosphere of an exoplanet discovered in 2011, dubbed HAT-P-26b. NASA reports that combined observations from the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes reveal this planet ? more than 430 light-years...Show More Summary

NASA study finds unexpectedly primitive atmosphere around 'warm Neptune'

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) By combining observations from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, a new study has found that the planet HAT-P-26b has an atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium, with a relatively cloudless sky.

NASA 'Code-Red' Priority --"Kepler Mission Zeros in on TRAPPIST-1 Earth-Sized Worlds" (VIDEO)

On Feb. 22, astronomers announced that the ultra-cool dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, hosts a total of seven Earth-size planets that are likely rocky, a discovery made by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in combination with ground-based telescopes. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope...        

NASA's Kepler provides another peek at ultra-cool neighbor

On Feb. 22, astronomers announced that the ultra-cool dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, hosts a total of seven Earth-size planets that are likely rocky, a discovery made by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in combination with ground-based telescopes. Show More Summary

NASA Unveils Trappist-1E Promo Poster

It’s barely a week since the announcement of the discovery of seven exoplanets spotted by the Spitzer Space telescope. But NASA has already added one of them, TRAPPIST-1E to its range of tourism-style posters that covers everything from Mars to Kepler-16b. Show More Summary

This week in space: rockets, telescopes, and exoplanets

NASA dominates the news this week, but theirs isn't the only name. In this issue: Dawn, Juno, SpaceX, Spitzer and the ESO. The post This week in space: rockets, telescopes, and exoplanets appeared first on ExtremeTech.

This Week........IN SPAAAAAAAAACE

3 months 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

3 months agoHumor / 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

3 months agoTechnology : Tech Talk

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

8 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

8 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

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