News tagged with spitzer space telescope

Newborn stars discovered in dark cosmic cloud

A wave of massive star formation appears poised to begin within a mysterious, dark cloud in the Milky Way. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed a secluded birthplace for stars within a wispy, dark ...

dateJul 07, 2010 in Astronomy
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Astronomers Witness a Star Being Born

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers have glimpsed what could be the youngest known star at the very moment it is being born. Not yet fully developed into a true star, the object is in the earliest stages of star ...

dateJun 17, 2010 in Astronomy
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Bok Globules

(PhysOrg.com) -- Bok globules are small interstellar clouds of very cold gas and dust that are so thick they are nearly totally opaque to visible light, although they can be studied with infrared and radio ...

dateJun 04, 2010 in Astronomy
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Two Peas in an Irregular Pod

(PhysOrg.com) -- Our sun may be an only child, but most of the stars in the galaxy are actually twins. The sibling stars circle around each other at varying distances, bound by the hands of gravity.

dateMay 20, 2010 in Astronomy
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Colony of Young Stars Shines in New Spitzer Image

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers have their eyes on a hot group of young stars, watching their every move like the paparazzi. A new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the bustling star-making ...

dateApr 01, 2010 in Astronomy
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The Cosmic Distance Scale

(PhysOrg.com) -- In 1908, Harvard astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt discovered that a class of stars called Cepheids have brightnesses that vary regularly with periods that are directly related to their intrinsic ...

dateJan 29, 2010 in Astronomy
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Surveying the X-ray Sky

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers have only modest laboratories to probe the mysteries of the cosmos. Mostly they have to rely on meticulous and clever observations of remote phenomena.

dateJan 11, 2010 in Astronomy
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