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2014-01-08 03:49:10

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Abell 2744, a giant galaxy cluster believed to have formed when four smaller galaxy clusters crashed into one another, is the subject of the first image captured by Hubble's Frontier Fields observational program, NASA and ESA announced Tuesday. Abell 2744, which was first observed by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2011, is also known as Pandora’s Cluster because the mixture of elliptical and colorful spiral galaxies that formed...

Hubble, Spitzer And Chandra Team Up For Frontier Fields Mission
2013-10-25 04:05:45

[ Watch the Video: Getting A Deeper Look At The Universe ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In an ambitious new project, NASA officials are looking to combine three of the agency’s most powerful space telescopes in what is being called the deepest probe of the universe ever attempted. The mission, which has been dubbed “The Frontier Fields,” will feature the Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes and is scheduled to last over the next three years....

2013-10-24 16:20:19

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes are teaming up to look deeper into the universe than ever before. With a boost from natural "zoom lenses" found in space, they should be able to uncover galaxies that are as much as 100 times fainter than what these three great observatories typically can see. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) In an ambitious collaborative program called The Frontier...

Densest Galaxy Discovered
2013-09-24 15:58:52

[ Watch the Video: Hubble Locates Densest Galaxy Ever ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The distance from our sun to the next closest star, Alpha Centauri, is 25.6 trillion miles. While that may seem far, try to imagine 10,000 stars sitting between the two solar systems, meaning the stars would be spaced about the distance from Earth to Pluto. That’s exactly the scenario in M60-UCD1, a recently discovered 'ultra-compact dwarf galaxy' described in a study by a...

2013-08-26 16:20:47

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten years ago, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope - built, integrated and tested at Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Space Systems in Sunnyvale - roared into space from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the observatory into an Earth-trailing orbit around the sun. The Spitzer Space Telescope is a space-borne, cryogenically-cooled infrared observatory that studies objects ranging from our Solar System to the distant reaches of the...

2013-08-23 16:20:09

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ten years after a Delta II rocket launched NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, lighting up the night sky over Cape Canaveral, Fla., the fourth of the agency's four Great Observatories continues to illuminate the dark side of the cosmos with its infrared eyes. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The telescope studied comets and asteroids, counted stars, scrutinized planets and galaxies, and discovered...

Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy In New Zealand
2013-08-14 08:29:46

NASA NASA's SOFIA observatory program manager Eddie Zavala reflects on the myriad details of preparing for and then executing the flying observatory's first Southern Hemisphere mission in the summer of 2013. Fly 6,900 miles each way, deploy a cadre of flight and ground crew members along with an international science team for three weeks, and during that time fly three nights per week, 10 hours per flight, all while conducting world-class science. It’s a lot to imagine, and even...

2013-04-11 12:22:29

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Between March 18 and April 8, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] invited fans to participate in "Innovation Madness," a tournament-style competition to vote for the ultimate Lockheed Martin innovation on the company's Facebook page. Approximately 32 innovations from Lockheed Martin's storied 100-year history were featured in the tournament, which was part of the corporation's year-long centennial commemoration. The venerable Hubble Space Telescope...

2013-02-07 12:22:15

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two of NASA's great observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a strobe light. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Every 25.34 days, the object, designated LRLL 54361, unleashes a burst of light. Although a similar phenomenon has been observed in two other young stellar objects, this is the most powerful such beacon seen to date....

Chandra X-Ray Observatory Images Star-Making Cluster Cygnus OB2
2012-11-08 09:57:12

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has released a new image of the Cygnus OB2 star cluster, detailing its structure and evolution. The Milky Way, as well as other galaxies in the universe, are home to numerous young star clusters with hundreds of thousands of hot, massive, young stars known as O and B stars. Cygnus OB2 is one of these clusters that contains no less than 60 O-type stars and upwards of a thousand B-type stars. Using the Chandra X-Ray...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Chandra X-ray Observatory -- NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, which was launched and deployed by Space Shuttle Columbia on July 23, 1999, is the most sophisticated X-ray observatory built to date. Chandra is designed to observe X-rays from high-energy regions of the universe, such as the remnants of exploded stars. The Observatory has three major parts: (1) the X-ray telescope, whose mirrors focus X-rays from celestial objects; (2) the science instruments which record the X-rays so...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Hubble Space Telescope -- The first large orbital optical observatory. Built from 1978 to 1990 at a cost of $1.5 billion, the HST (named for astronomer E. P. Hubble) was expected to provide the clearest view yet obtained of the universe. Using a Ritchey-Chrtien design that affords wider and flatter fields of view than traditional Cassegrain systems, the telescope has a 7.9-ft (2.4-m) primary mirror that can observe 24 hours a day (but usually observes less than 20% of the time) in a sky...

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