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Loops of Gas and Dust Rise from Planetary Disks
2014-03-07 04:27:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Almost a decade ago, scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found that planet-forming disks around young stars are heated by starlight and glow with infrared light. However, these scientists found that additional infrared light was originating from an unknown source. Now, new models developed by NASA have revealed why these stars emit more infrared light than expected – gas and dust magnetically suspended above the disks...

NASA Asks For Help From Citizen Scientists In Finding Planetary Nurseries
2014-01-31 05:14:28

[ Watch the Video: Help NASA Find Embryonic Planetary Systems ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA unveiled its ‘Disk Detective’ initiative on Thursday, inviting members of the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data generated by the agency’s Wide-field infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. The data mining and analysis effort is NASA's largest ever crowdsourcing project, and the agency says its main goal is...

2014-01-30 12:21:39

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission through a new website, DiskDetective.org. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Disk Detective is NASA's largest crowdsourcing project whose primary goal is to produce publishable scientific results. It exemplifies a new commitment to...

WISE Birthday Image
2013-12-13 15:43:15

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online To coincide with the fourth anniversary of NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, the space agency has released an image showing a unique juxtaposition – a distant, dying star called the Helix nebula, surrounded by a halo of relatively close asteroids tracks. The release of the image and the mission’s fourth anniversary comes after NASA brought WISE out of hibernation back in August to search for more...

NASA Scientists Discover Cool Brown Dwarfs That Are Still Pretty Warm
2013-09-06 11:02:56

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two years ago NASA scientists revealed a new class of stars, dubbed ‘Y dwarfs,' thought to be about as warm as the human body. However, newly published research indicates that these cold stars are probably a bit warmer than the boiling point of water. These stars are believed to have a mass about 5 to 20 times that of Jupiter. Unlike our sun, these types of brown dwarf stars derive their energy via gravitational contraction, a...

2013-07-18 12:20:30

BOULDER, Colo., July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. cryogenic flight electronic boxes recently shipped to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems for the James Webb Space Telescope are unlike any previously designed and manufactured. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130718/LA49492) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130108/LA39163LOGO) "Nothing was typical about this innovative solution," said...

2013-04-29 16:21:08

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Herschel observatory, a European space telescope for which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations after running out of liquid coolant as expected. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The European Space Agency (ESA) mission, launched almost four years ago, revealed the universe's "coolest" secrets by observing the frigid side of planet, star and galaxy formation....

Space Observatory's Mission Ends
2013-04-29 15:06:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel observatory has officially run out of liquid coolant, ending its mission. The space observatory launched nearly four years ago with a goal to help reveal some of the cooler sides of the universe, including planet, star and galaxy formation. "Herschel gave us the opportunity to peer into the dark and cold regions of the universe that are invisible to other telescopes," said John Grunsfel,...

2013-04-15 16:20:27

PASADENA, Calif., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An infrared sensor that could improve NASA's future detecting and tracking of asteroids and comets has passed a critical design test. (Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The test assessed performance of the Near Earth Object Camera (NEOCam) in an environment that mimicked the temperatures and pressures of deep space. NEOCam is the cornerstone instrument for a proposed new space-based asteroid-hunting...

Kappa Coronae Borealis
2013-04-10 05:00:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel space observatory has snapped images of a dust belt orbiting a subgiant star that hosts a planetary system. The space observatory's sensitive far-infrared detection helped astronomers resolve bright emission around Kappa Coronae Borealis, indicating the presence of a dusty debris disc. The star is a little heavier than our own Sun at 1.5 solar masses, is around 2.5 billion years old, and sits...