News tagged with spitzer space telescope

Shocks in the Cygnus Loop supernovae remnant

( —Supernova remnants (SNRs) play a vital role in the lifecycle of dust in the interstellar medium. As shockwaves from supernovae sweep up interstellar material, they heat the gas and dust, and destroy a significant ...

dateJun 27, 2014 in Astronomy
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Organic conundrum in Large Magellanic Cloud

( —A group of organic chemicals that are considered carcinogens and pollutants today on Earth, but are also thought to be the building blocks for the origins of life, may hold clues to how carbon-rich chemicals ...

dateJun 23, 2014 in Astronomy
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Spitzer spies an odd, tiny asteroid

( —Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have measured the size of an asteroid candidate for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), a proposed spacecraft concept to capture either a small asteroid, ...

dateJun 19, 2014 in Space Exploration
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New suspect identified in supernova explosion

( —Supernovas are often thought of as the tremendous explosions that mark the ends of massive stars' lives. While this is true, not all supernovas occur in this fashion. A common supernova class, called Type Ia, ...

dateJun 04, 2014 in Astronomy
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The 'Serpent' star-forming cloud hatches new stars

( —Stars that are just beginning to coalesce out of cool swaths of dust and gas are showcased in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). Infrared light has been ...

dateMay 30, 2014 in Astronomy
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Pitch black: Cosmic clumps cast the darkest shadows

( —Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. Infrared observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of these blackest-of-black regions paradoxically ...

dateMay 22, 2014 in Astronomy
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Professional and amateur astronomers join forces

( —Long before the term "citizen science" was coined, the field of astronomy has benefited from countless men and women who study the sky in their spare time. These amateur astronomers devote hours exploring the ...

dateApr 24, 2014 in Astronomy
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