News tagged with infrared light

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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Organic crystals put laser focus on magnetism

( -- In the first successful experiment of its type at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source, scientists used terahertz frequencies of light to change the magnetic state of a sample and then measured those changes with ...

dateJul 27, 2012 in General Physics
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A small step toward discovering habitable Earths

University of Arizona researchers snapped images of a planet outside our solar system with an Earth-based telescope using essentially the same type of imaging sensor found in digital cameras instead of an infrared detector. ...

dateMar 05, 2014 in Astronomy
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Image: March of asteroids across dying star

( —In an unexpected juxtaposition of cosmic objects that are actually quite far from each other, a newly released image from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) shows a dying star, called the Helix ...

dateDec 13, 2013 in Astronomy
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