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Image 1 - Light Of Alien 'Super-Earth' Detected By Spitzer
2012-05-08 14:44:36

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com [ Watch the Video ] Light from a "super-Earth" planet that lies beyond our solar system has been detected for the first time by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. NASA said that although the planet, 55 Cancri e, is not habitable, meaning it is unable to support life, the detection is a monumental step towards searching for signs of life on other planets. "Spitzer has amazed us yet again," Bill Danchi, Spitzer program scientist at NASA Headquarters in...

Spitzer Telescope Finds Hidden Jet
2012-03-02 04:03:59

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope took this image of a baby star sprouting two identical jets (green lines emanating from fuzzy star). The jet on the right had been seen before in visible-light views, but the jet at left -- the identical twin to the first jet -- could only be seen in detail with Spitzer's infrared detectors. The left jet was hidden behind a dark cloud, which Spitzer can see through. The twin jets, in a system called Herbig-Haro 34, are made of identical knots of gas and dust,...

Researchers Discover Sold-State Buckyballs In Space
2012-02-22 13:38:19

[ Watch the Video ] For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered buckminsterfullerines existing in a solid form in space, according to a study published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Ian O'Neill of Discovery News reports that buckminsterfullerines (also known as buckyballs) are "a geodesic molecular ordering of 60 carbon atoms that resemble the domes designed by American architect and inventor Richard Buckminster Fuller." Previously, these...

New Spitzer Image Shows Space Nursery
2012-01-11 04:18:52

The stars we see today weren't always as serene as they appear, floating alone in the dark of night. Most stars, likely including our sun, grew up in cosmic turmoil - as illustrated in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The image shows one of the most active and turbulent regions of star birth in our galaxy, a region called Cygnus X. The choppy cloud of gas and dust lies 4,500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus the Swan. Cygnus X was named by radio astronomers,...

Spitzer Detects Signs Of Ice Bodies In Alien Solar System
2011-10-19 12:16:49

NASA said on Wednesday that its Spitzer Space Telescope has detected signs of icy bodies raining down in an alien solar system. The telescope spotted a band of dust around a nearby bright star in the northern sky called Eta Corvi that matches the contents of an obliterated giant comet. The space agency said the dust is located close enough to Eta Corvi that Earth-like worlds could exist, which suggest a collision took place between a planet and one or more comets. The Eta Corvi...

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2011-08-16 13:45:00

NASA announced on Monday that the space agency's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted the first-ever cosmic detection of graphene. The material is strong and thin and conducts electricity as well as copper.  It is arranged like chicken wire in flat sheets that are one atom thick. NASA said some believe it is the "material of the future," and could one day have applications in computers, screens on electronic devices, solar panels and more. Researchers are interested in learning more...

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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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2011-06-16 10:20:00

On Thursday, NASA released a colorful image of the RCW 120 nebula taken bb the Spitzer space telescope. This nebula is 4,300 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius just above the plane of the galaxy. It emits a broad range of colors in the infrared region and has wavelengths beyond what humans can see. The ring-shaped cloud of gas and dust is believed to have originated from the heat of giant "O" type stars at the ring's center. These are the largest and brightest stars scientists...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.