News tagged with infrared spectrometer

Hidden galactic nuclei

( -- At the core of most galaxies including our own Milky Way is a massive black hole. Material falling into the environment of the black hole heats up, and can radiate dramatically, sometimes also powering the ejection ...

dateAug 10, 2012 in Astronomy
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Developing miniaturized spectrometer-on-a-chip

( -- The Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) is big. It's powerful and it discovered, among other things, that Saturn's mysterious moon Enceladus was one of the very few worlds in the solar system that radiated ...

dateAug 03, 2012 in General Physics
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Dawn easing into its final science orbit

( -- After successfully completing nearly five months scrutinizing the giant asteroid Vesta at its lowest orbit altitude, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will begin its final major science data-gathering phase at Vesta on ...

dateJun 15, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Cassini, Saturn Moon Photographer

NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully flew by Saturn's moons Enceladus and Dione during close flybys on May 2, 2012, capturing these raw images. The flybys were the last close encounters of these icy moons that Cassini will ...

dateMay 03, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Cassini to dip into Enceladus spray again

( -- Less than three weeks after its last visit to the Saturnian moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft returns for an encore. At closest approach on April 14, the spacecraft will be just as low over the moon's ...

dateApr 16, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Possible water in the atmosphere of a super-Earth

A "super-Earth" is an exoplanet (a planet around another star) whose mass is between about two and ten Earth-masses. Planets larger than this are closer to Uranus and Neptune in size (and perhaps in other physical properties ...

dateMar 05, 2012 in Astronomy
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