News tagged with infrared light

Laser-induced damage in focus

The transformation of infrared light to a different wavelength, such as visible light, is important in many applications. Some of the most efficient semiconductor lasers operate in the infrared region of the spectrum, whereas ...

dateJan 17, 2014 in General Physics
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Hubble traps galactic fireflies

(—Luminous galaxies glow like fireflies on a dark night in this image snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The upper central galaxy in this image is a gigantic elliptical galaxy designated 4C 73.08. ...

dateNov 18, 2012 in Astronomy
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Interstellar dust and the sun

(—The space between stars is not empty. It contains copious but diffuse amounts of gas and dust; in fact about 5-10% of the total mass of our Milky Way galaxy is in interstellar gas. About 1% of the mass of this ...

dateNov 12, 2012 in Astronomy
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A protein's life, up close and personal

(—An EPFL team has developed a technique for spying on the inner lives of cells. For the first time, scientists have used a near-infrared, light-sensitive biocompatible molecule to mark and observe the activity ...

dateJan 07, 2013 in Biochemistry
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Hubble spots a colorful lenticular galaxy

(—The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a beautiful galaxy that, with its reddish and yellow central area, looks rather like an explosion from a Hollywood movie. The galaxy, called NGC 5010, is in a ...

dateNov 12, 2012 in Astronomy
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'Witch Head' brews baby stars

( —A witch appears to be screaming out into space in this new image from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The infrared portrait shows the Witch Head nebula, named after its resemblance to the ...

dateOct 31, 2013 in Astronomy
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Shot away from its companion, giant star makes waves

(—Like a ship plowing through still waters, the giant star Zeta Ophiuchi is speeding through space, making waves in the dust ahead. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a dramatic, infrared portrait of these ...

dateDec 19, 2012 in Astronomy
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