News tagged with spitzer space telescope

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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Stormy stars? Spitzer probes weather on brown dwarfs

( —Swirling, stormy clouds may be ever-present on cool celestial orbs called brown dwarfs. New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that most brown dwarfs are roiling with one or more planet-size ...

dateJan 07, 2014 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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The rise and fall of galactic cities

( —In the fable of the town and country mice, the country mouse visits his city-dwelling cousin to discover a world of opulence. In the early cosmos, billions of years ago, galaxies resided in the equivalent of ...

dateDec 19, 2013 in Astronomy
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