News tagged with spitzer space telescope

Hidden black hole: Spiral galaxy NGC 3627

(—The spiral galaxy NGC 3627 is located about 30 million light years from Earth. This composite image includes X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope ...

dateDec 14, 2012 in Astronomy
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Cygnus OB2: Probing a nearby stellar cradle

(—The Milky Way and other galaxies in the universe harbor many young star clusters and associations that each contain hundreds to thousands of hot, massive, young stars known as O and B stars. The star cluster ...

dateNov 08, 2012 in Astronomy
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Revealing a mini-supermassive black hole

One of the lowest mass supermassive black holes ever observed in the middle of a galaxy has been identified, thanks to NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and several other observatories. The host galaxy is of a type not expected ...

dateOct 24, 2012 in Astronomy
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The Helix nebula: Bigger in death than life

(—A dying star is refusing to go quietly into the night, as seen in this combined infrared and ultraviolet view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), which NASA has lent ...

dateOct 04, 2012 in Astronomy
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A surprisingly bright superbubble

(—This composite image shows a superbubble in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small satellite galaxy of the Milky Way located about 160,000 light years from Earth.

dateAug 30, 2012 in Astronomy
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The cosmic infrared background

( -- The cosmic infrared background is the collective infrared radiation emitted by cosmic sources throughout the history of the universe, including sources inaccessible to current telescopes. The latter category, ...

dateAug 13, 2012 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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The spectral energy distribution of protostars

( -- Stars form when gravitational forces coalesce the gas and dust in interstellar clouds until the material forms clumps dense enough to become stars. Precisely how this happens, however, is still very uncertain. ...

dateAug 06, 2012 in Astronomy
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