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2014-03-20 16:21:06

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA's new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The star-studded panorama of our galaxy is constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. "If we actually printed this out, we'd...

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...

Study Of Massive Stars Shows Milky Way's Missing Arms
2013-12-17 08:54:09

University of Leeds A 12-year study of massive stars has reaffirmed that our Galaxy has four spiral arms, following years of debate sparked by images taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope that only showed two arms. The new research, which is published online today [17 December] in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, is part of the RMS Survey, which was launched by academics at the University of Leeds. Astronomers cannot see what our Galaxy, which is called the...

Spitzer's Citizen Science Zoo Displays New Animals
2013-12-17 08:17:13

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Since 2010, about 50,000 volunteers have taken to their computers to help astronomers catalog star-blown bubbles captured in images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Their efforts resulted in several scientific papers, and a deeper understanding of our Milky Way galaxy and its frothy star-forming clouds. Now, an updated version of the campaign, called the Milky Way Project, is releasing more images with a whole new set of "animals" to track in the...

Cosmic Deception: One Galaxy Is Actually Two
2013-11-15 03:59:13

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online My fifth grade teacher, Elizabeth Titterton, was responsible for teaching me the order of the planets in our solar system. A simple pneumonic ingrained in me an immutable truth that I carry to this day. "My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nesselrode Pie." Of course, the ‘P’, representing Pluto, has been recast as simply a ‘minor’ planet, somehow stripping me of the concept of absolute truth for the rest of my life. And...

Throes Of Stellar Birth Revealed As Never Before
2013-11-12 04:04:45

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The bubbly birth of a bouncing baby star has been revealed by observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. For the well-studied object known as HH 46/47, the observations have revealed the mechanisms of stellar birth as never before seen. HH, or Herbig-Haro, objects form when jets pushed out by newborn stars collide with material surrounding...

Ghostly Trio Imaged Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope
2013-10-29 10:12:36

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory In the spirit of Halloween, scientists are releasing a trio of stellar ghosts caught in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. All three spooky structures, called planetary nebulas, are in fact material ejected from dying stars. As death beckoned, the stars' wispy bits and pieces were blown into outer space. "Some might call the images haunting," said Joseph Hora of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass., principal...

Spitzer Hunting For Exoplanets
2013-09-25 10:38:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After 10 years of orbiting the sun, the Spitzer Space Telescope is now playing a completely different role than it was a decade ago – hunting for exoplanets outside the solar system. "When Spitzer launched back in 2003, the idea that we would use it to study exoplanets was so crazy that no one considered it," said Sean Carey of NASA's Spitzer Science Center  in a statement. "But now the exoplanet science work has become a...

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...


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