News tagged with spitzer space telescope

Spitzer finds solid buckyballs in space

( -- Astronomers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have, for the first time, discovered buckyballs in a solid form in space. Prior to this discovery, the microscopic carbon spheres had been found ...

dateFeb 22, 2012 in Astronomy
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The distant cosmos as seen in the infrared

( —At some stage after its birth in the big bang, the universe began to make galaxies. No one knows exactly when, or how, this occurred. For that matter, astronomers do not know how the lineages of our own Milky ...

dateApr 12, 2013 in Astronomy
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Black hole is 30 times expected size

The central supermassive black hole of a recently discovered galaxy is far larger than should be possible, according to current theories of galactic evolution. New work, carried out by astronomers at Keele University and ...

dateSep 24, 2015 in Astronomy
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Spitzer sees the light of alien 'super earth'

( -- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a "super-Earth" planet beyond our solar system for the first time. While the planet is not habitable, the detection is a historic step toward ...

dateMay 08, 2012 in Astronomy
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Retrieving an asteroid

( —Asteroids (or comets) whose orbits bring them close to the earth's orbit are called near Earth objects. Some of them are old, dating from the origins of the solar system about four and one-half billion years ...

dateDec 27, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Near-Earth asteroid is really a comet

Some things are not always what they seem—even in space. For 30 years, scientists believed a large near-Earth object was an asteroid. Now, an international team including Joshua Emery, assistant professor of earth and planetary ...

dateSep 10, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Remnant of an explosion with a powerful kick?

( -- Vital clues about the devastating ends to the lives of massive stars can be found by studying the aftermath of their explosions. In its more than twelve years of science operations, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory ...

dateFeb 02, 2012 in Astronomy
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