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How engineers revamped Spitzer to probe exoplanets

( —Now approaching its 10th anniversary, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has evolved into a premier observatory for an endeavor not envisioned in its original design: the study of worlds around other stars, called ...

dateSep 25, 2013 in Astronomy
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Spitzer captures infrared rays from a sunflower

( -- The various spiral arm segments of the Sunflower galaxy, also known as Messier 63, show up vividly in this image taken in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Infrared light is sensitive to the ...

dateMar 04, 2011 in Astronomy
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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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Spitzer Telescope Warms Up to New Career

The primary mission of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is about to end after more than five and a half years of probing the cosmos with its keen infrared eye. Within about a week of May 12, the telescope is expected to run ...

dateMay 06, 2009 in Space Exploration
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Swift, Chandra explore a youthful 'star wreck'

( —While performing an extensive X-ray survey of our galaxy's central regions, NASA's Swift satellite has uncovered the previously unknown remains of a shattered star. Designated G306.3.9 after the coordinates ...

dateMar 15, 2013 in Astronomy
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Monster galaxies lose their appetite with age

( —Our universe is filled with gobs of galaxies, bound together by gravity into larger families called clusters. Lying at the heart of most clusters is a monster galaxy thought to grow in size by merging with neighboring ...

dateAug 01, 2013 in Astronomy
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