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Spitzer Celebrates 10 Years In Space, More To Come
2013-08-24 04:09:38

[ Watch the Video: Spitzer Space Telescope: 10 Years of Innovation ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope will celebrate its 10th anniversary of scientific research on Sunday, the US space agency announced on Friday. Since launching on August 25, 2003, the orbiting infrared observatory has studied various comets and asteroids, analyzed planets and galaxies, counted stars and even discovered the existence of the carbon spheres known...

Image 1 - Citizen Scientists Reveal Spitzer's Bubbly Milky Way
2012-03-08 04:25:33

A team of volunteers has pored over observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and discovered more than 5,000 "bubbles" in the disk of our Milky Way galaxy. Young, hot stars blow these bubbles into surrounding gas and dust, indicating areas of brand new star formation. Upwards of 35,000 "citizen scientists" sifted through the Spitzer infrared data as part of the online Milky Way Project to find these telltale bubbles. The volunteers have turned up 10 times as many bubbles as previous...

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2011-08-11 10:06:22

If this were an inkblot test, you might see a bow tie or a butterfly depending on your personality. An astronomer would likely see the remains of a dying star scattered about space -- precisely what this is. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this infrared view of what's called a planetary nebula, which is a cloud of material expelled by a burnt out star, called a white dwarf. This object is named the Dumbbell nebula after its resemblance to the exercise equipment in visible-light...

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2011-07-21 08:27:51

Those aren't insects trapped in a spider's web -- they're stars in our own Milky Way galaxy, lying between us and another spiral galaxy called IC 342. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this picture in infrared light, revealing the galaxy's bright patterns of dust. At a distance of about 10 million light-years from Earth, IC 342 is relatively close by galaxy standards. However, our vantage point places it directly behind the disk of our own Milky Way. The intervening dust makes it...

2009-08-05 12:05:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is starting a second career and taking its first shots of the cosmos since warming up. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The infrared telescope ran out of coolant May 15, 2009, more than five-and-one-half-years after launch. It has since warmed to a still-frosty 30 degrees Kelvin (about minus 406 degrees Fahrenheit). New images taken with two of Spitzer's infrared detector channels...

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2008-06-03 14:35:00

More than 800,000 snapshots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have been stitched together to create a new "coming of age" portrait of stars in our inner Milky Way galaxy.The image, which depicts an area of sky 120 degrees wide by two degrees tall, can be viewed at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/multimedia/20080603.html . It was unveiled today at the 212th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in St. Louis, Mo."This is the highest-resolution, largest, most sensitive...

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2008-04-10 12:55:00

Millions of clustered stars glisten like an iridescent opal in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Called Omega Centauri, this sparkling orb of stars is like a miniature galaxy. It is the biggest and brightest of the more than 150 similar objects, called globular clusters, that orbit around the outside of our Milky Way galaxy. Stargazers at southern latitudes can spot the stellar gem with the naked eye in the constellation Centaurus. Spitzer's new infrared view, which has been...

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2005-07-28 18:18:45

JPL -- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found the ingredients for life all the way back to a time when the universe was a mere youngster. Using Spitzer, scientists have detected organic molecules in galaxies when our universe was one-fourth of its current age of about 14 billion years. These large molecules, known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, are comprised of carbon and hydrogen. The molecules are considered to be among the building blocks of life. These complex molecules are very...


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