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Spitzer Helps Measure The Universe
2012-10-03 20:20:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has allowed astronomers to make the most precise measurement yet of the rate at which our universe is expanding. This expansion rate, also known as the Hubble Constant, is critical for understanding the age and the size of the universe. In the latest research, Spitzer took advantage of long-wavelength infrared light to make its new measurement. The newly refined value for the Hubble Constant,...

2012-10-03 10:20:08

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have announced the most precise measurement yet of the Hubble constant, or the rate at which our universe is stretching apart. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Hubble constant is named after the astronomer Edwin P. Hubble, who astonished the world in the 1920s by confirming our universe has been expanding since it exploded into being 13.7 billion years ago....

2012-09-19 02:20:46

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. began the process of shipping the finished NASA James Webb Space Telescope mirrors to Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., on Friday, September 14, 2012. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120813/LA56181) Ball Aerospace, under contract to Northrop Grumman, is responsible for the Webb's optical technology and lightweight mirror system. Two of the 18 beryllium primary mirror segments that...

Black Holes Abound - In The Millions
2012-08-29 14:25:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Millions of black holes have been discovered, as well as extreme galaxies called hot DOGs using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. The telescope has helped reveal millions of dusty black hole candidates throughout the universe, and about 1,000 dustier objects that are thought to be the brightest galaxies ever found called dust-obscured galaxies, or hot DOGs. "WISE has exposed a menagerie of hidden objects,"...

2012-08-29 06:20:53

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission has led to a bonanza of newfound supermassive black holes and extreme galaxies called hot DOGs, or dust-obscured galaxies. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Images from the telescope have revealed millions of dusty black hole candidates across the universe and about 1,000 even dustier objects thought to be among the brightest galaxies ever found. These...

Exoplanet Candidate Smaller Than Earth Discovered
2012-07-18 14:46:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have detected a new exoplanet 33 light-years away that is two-thirds the size of Earth, making it the nearest known world to our solar system that is smaller than our home planet. UCF-1.01 was discovered by astronomers from the University of Central Florida using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The exoplanet is the first ever identified with the telescope, pointing to a possible new role for Spitzer in helping to...

Many Quasars Are Light Eaters
2012-06-20 04:20:53

Black holes in the early universe needed a few snacks rather than one giant meal to fuel their quasars and help them grow, according to observations from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes. Quasars are the brilliant beacons of light that are powered by black holes feasting on captured material, and in the process, heating some of the matter to millions of degrees. The brightest quasars reside in galaxies distorted by collisions with other galaxies. These encounters send lots of gas...

Hidden Patterns Of Light Revealed By Spitzer
2012-06-08 03:30:50

The faint, lumpy glow given off by the very first objects in the universe may have been detected with the best precision yet, using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These faint objects might be wildly massive stars or voracious black holes. They are too far away to be seen individually, but Spitzer has captured new, convincing evidence of what appears to be the collective pattern of their infrared light. The observations help confirm the first objects were numerous in quantity and furiously...

2012-06-07 10:20:28

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The faint, lumpy glow from the very first objects in the universe may have been detected with the best precision yet using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The objects could be wildly massive stars or voracious black holes. They are too far away to be seen individually, but Spitzer has captured new, convincing evidence of what appears to be the collective pattern of their infrared light. (Logo:...

2012-05-08 10:20:35

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a "super-Earth" planet beyond our solar system for the first time. While the planet is not habitable, the detection is a historic step toward the eventual search for signs of life on other planets. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "Spitzer has amazed us yet again," said Bill Danchi, Spitzer program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington....