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08.06.08

Spitzer Notices Star Birth Spike in Galaxies Moving to Cosmic Cities

New evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals that most galaxies undergo a huge stellar baby boom when the... read more

feature08-08

06.18.08

Stellar Lightweight Causes a Mysteriously Massive Explosion

When amateur astronomer Ron Arbour spotted an enormous explosion from 17 million light-years away in the Fireworks Ga... read more

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05.16.08

Spitzer Finds Cosmic Neon's Sweet Spot

On Earth, neon is known for being flashy. Any Las Vegas tourist knows that signs sporting this noble gas are hard to ... read more

feature08-06

05.13.08

New Software Brings the Universe to Your Computer

The incredible images from NASA's "Great Observatories" and many other NASA space- and ground-based telescopes are no... read more

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04.30.08

The Second Stellar Baby Boom

When it comes to giving birth, galaxies don't seem to have a "ticking biological clock." In fact, observations from N... read more

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04.08.08

Spitzer Spots Ancient Cosmic Urban Sprawl

The universe's first "galactic cities" did not sprout up randomly across space. On the contrary, a new statistical an... read more

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03.24.08

Cosmic Searchlights Reveal 'Lost' Galaxies

Millions of faint galaxies are hovering near the edge of our universe, too dim to be detected by most telescopes -- b... read more

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02.26.08

Spitzer's Eyes Perfect for Spotting Diamonds in the Sky

Diamonds may be rare on Earth, but surprisingly common in space -- and the super-sensitive infrared eyes of NASA's Sp... read more

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01.25.08

Cosmic Suburbia is a Better Breeding Ground for Stars

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that galaxies prefer to raise stars in cosmic suburbia r... read more

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12.21.07

One Million Downloads for the Hidden Universe

It's official -- "The Hidden Universe" is no longer a secret. The video podcast series from NASA's Spitzer Space Tele... read more

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12.14.07

Spitzer Studies Struggle of Galactic Teenagers

Billions of years ago, small galaxies across the universe regularly collided -- forcing the gas, dust, stars, and bla... read more

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12.11.07

A Classic Beauty

M51, whose name comes from being the 51st entry in Charles Messier's catalog, is considered to be one of the classic ... read more

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11.28.07

Youthful Star Sprouts Planets Early

A stellar prodigy has been spotted about 450 light-years away in a system called UX Tau A by NASA's Spitzer Space Tel... read more

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11.13.07

Spitzer Researcher Named 2007 Scientist of the Year

Dr. David Charbonneau was named Discover Magazine's "Scientist of the Year" for his work in detecting and characteriz... read more

feature07-20

11.08.07

Spitzer Spies a Stellar Bubble Blower

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a baby star 1,140 light-years away from Earth blowing two massi... read more

feature07-19

10.22.07

To Catch a Galactic Thief

On Earth, thieves steal everything from diamonds to art to bags full of money. In space, gas -- fuel for making stars... read more

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10.17.07

Infrared Galaxies Didn't Always Prefer the 'Suburbs'

Dusty infrared galaxies are cosmic "nurseries" for some of the universe's hottest young stars -- and new research fro... read more

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10.03.07

Star System 'Just Right' for Building an Earth

An Earth-like planet is likely forming 424 light-years away in a star system called HD 113766, say astronomers using ... read more

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09.26.07

Spitzer Astronomer Selected for Women's Hall of Fame

The National Women's Hall of Fame has selected Dr. Judith Pipher, a Spitzer Space Telescope astronomer, to join its r... read more

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09.18.07

Open Your 'SkInfrared' Eyes in Old Pasadena

View the world through heat-sensitive infrared eyes at SkInfrared, a free art exhibit presented by NASA's Spitzer Spa... read more

feature07-14

09.12.07

Cosmic Neon Lights the Way

On Earth, neon signs point to motel vacancies and nearby eateries. Now for the first time, astronomers have spotted n... read more

feature07-13

08.24.07

Spitzer Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with Celestial Fireworks

A newly expanded image of the Helix nebula lends a festive touch to the fourth anniversary of the launch of NASA's Sp... read more

feature07-12

08.16.07

Terrabyte 2.0 Launches at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden on August 26, 2007

Transport to a universe of ever-changing sights, sounds, and spaces at the Los Angeles County Arboretum's second annu... read more

feature07-11

08.16.07

Do Supermassive Black Holes Stunt Stellar Birth in Galaxies?

New evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows that supermassive black holes at the centers of elliptical gal... read more

feature07-10

08.08.07

Stellar Siblings in Serpens South

A spectacular new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope uncovers a small group of young stellar "siblings" in the... read more

feature07-09

07.24.07

Planets with Four Parents? Spitzer Finds Evidence for Strange Stellar Family

How many stars does it take to "raise" a planet? In our own solar system, it took only one -- our Sun. However, new r... read more

feature07-08

06.13.07

Spitzer Searches for the Origins of Life on Earth

Astronomers suspect the early Earth was a very harsh place. Temperatures were extreme, and the planet was constantly ... read more

feature07-07

05.30.07

Running Rings Around the Galaxy

An astronomer at the Spitzer Science Center has discovered three giant stellar streams arcing high over the Milky Way... read more

feature07-06

05.28.07

Life in the Cosmic Suburbs

Large galaxy clusters are the universe's metropolises, and for years many astronomers have focused their attention on... read more

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05.17.07

Baby Stars Hatching in Orion's Head

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars "hatching" in the head of Orion, the famous hunter... read more

feature07-04

05.01.07

Spitzer Spies Jet-Setting Stars

Rainbow-colored jets in the cosmic cloud BHR 71 point to a celestial smash occurring 600 light-years away from Earth ... read more

feature07-03

04.26.07

Spitzer Learns About Carbon's Cosmic Life

Astronomers may be one step closer to understanding how the ingredients of life are processed in space, thanks to NAS... read more

feature07-02

04.11.07

Purple Palm Trees on Alien Worlds?

A team of NASA scientists led by a member of the Spitzer Science Center believe they have found a way to predict the ... read more

feature07-01

03.13.07

Dead Star Snacks on Shredded Asteroid

For the last two years, astronomers have suspected that a nearby white dwarf star called GD 362 was "snacking" on a s... read more

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12.11.06

Times Change, But Do Supermassive Black Holes Remain the Same?

Have supermassive black holes changed since the dawn of our Universe nearly 14 billion years ago? read more

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11.29.06

Great Observatories Observe Oddball Supernova Remnant

NASA's Great Observatories -- Spitzer, Hubble, and Chandra -- are working together to unlock the mysterious structure... read more

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10.24.06

Belching Black Holes

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have recently identified two quasars, or supermassive black holes, t... read more

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10.19.06

'Art of Astronomy' Event To Feature Space Artists and More

Mark your calendars for The Art of Astronomy, a three-day public event celebrating the collaboration of astronomy and... read more

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10.10.06

Asteroids, Comets, and Planets: Cut from the Same Cloth?

Could all of the asteroids, comets, and planets in our Milky Way galaxy be made of a similar mix of dusty components? read more

feature06-31

10.03.06

Planets Prefer Safe Neighborhoods

A star must live in a relatively tranquil cosmic neighborhood to foster planet formation, say astronomers using NASA'... read more

feature06-30

09.26.06

Echoing Infrared Across the Milky Way

For a brief moment in 2002, an obscure star called V838 Monocerotis (nicknamed V838 Mon by astronomers) suddenly beca... read more

feature06-29

09.18.06

Spitzer Sees a Dim Star and Big Bright Black Hole

Two extremely rare cosmic objects have recently been detected in a shallow survey conducted with NASA's Spitzer Space... read more

feature06-28

09.08.06

Spitzer Is Back and Revealing the Story of Stellar Birth

A spectacular new infrared image and spectrum from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals the complex life cycle of y... read more

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feature06-27

08.31.06

Spitzer Restored to Normal Operations

Engineers and scientists working on the recovery team brought NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope out of safe mode and res... read more

feature06-26

08.25.06

Spitzer Celebrates Terrific Threes!

In three terrific years, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has peered into the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, detected p... read more

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feature06-25

08.21.06

Engineers Studying Spitzer Anomaly

Engineers are studying data returned by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, to determine what caused the observatory to e... read more

feature06-24

07.24.06

Black Hole Spills Kaleidoscope of Color

Shoes may not come in every color, but space objects do. All objects in space, everything from dust to distant galaxi... read more

feature06-23

07.19.06

The Infrared Universe Comes to the Los Angeles County Arboretum

Want to lift off into space, but don't have a rocket? Just stop by the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden ... read more

feature06-22

07.14.06

Spitzer Spots Building Blocks of Life in Supernova Remnant

In 1987 a massive star exploded in a neighboring galaxy, an event called a supernova. It was the closest supernova to... read more

feature06-21

07.07.06

Astronomer in the Making

Adela Fedor has yet to receive a PhD, high school diploma, or even finish the eighth grade, but that did not stop her... read more

feature06-20

06.16.06

How To Bake a Galaxy

Start with lots and lots of dark matter, then stir in gas. Let the mixture sit for a while, and a galaxy should rise ... read more

feature06-19

06.08.06

A Massive Star's Death and the Dusty Universe

When the universe was only 700 million years old, some of its galaxies were already filled with lots of dust. But whe... read more

feature06-18

06.07.06

Astronomers Find a Galactic Highway in the Sky

A long, slender stream of ancient stars has been discovered racing across the northern sky. The stream is about 30,00... read more

feature06-17

06.05.06

Astronomers Find Ancient 'Cities' of Galaxies

A team of astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered a grand total of nearly 300 clusters of gal... read more

feature06-16

05.22.06

Spitzer Reveals Jets Around a Dead Star

One of the most mysterious aspects of black holes is their ability to shoot small, steady jets of matter into space n... read more

feature06-15

05.19.06

Teachers and Teens Discover a Cauldron of Star Formation

Eight hundred light-years away in the Orion constellation, a gigantic murky cloud called the "Witch Head Nebula" is t... read more

feature06-14

05.10.06

Spitzer Spies the Remnants of a Shy Star

Big stars usually aren't shy about anything, not even death. At the end of their lives, they throw explosive tantrums... read more

feature06-13

05.05.06

Spitzer Captures a Comet's Breakdown

Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 cannot seem to hold itself together. During a visit to the inner solar system in 1995... read more

feature06-12

04.28.06

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope a Cosmic Success!

Self-help books and grade school teachers have been promoting this tip for decades: To keep success in sight, make a ... read more

feature06-11

04.24.06

Great Observatories Present Rainbow of a Galaxy

NASA's Spitzer, Hubble, and Chandra space observatories teamed up to create this multi-wavelength, false-colored view... read more

feature06-10

04.20.06

The Infrared Background: Sometimes It's What You Don't See That Counts

It probably comes as no surprise that as powerful as our telescopes are, there are limits to what they can see. As we... read more

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feature06-09

04.07.06

Old and New Fellows Meet at a Spitzer Science Center Symposium

Old and new participants of the Spitzer Space Telescope Fellowship program will meet at the Spitzer Science Center on... read more

feature06-08

03.31.06

Spitzer Finds Hyperactive Galaxies in the Distant Universe

Paper trails and DNA tests will not help nearby elliptical galaxies find their galactic ancestors. However, an identi... read more

feature06-07

03.21.06

Spitzer Goes on a Cosmic Safari

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have conducted a cosmic safari to seek out a rare galactic species. ... read more

feature06-06

03.15.06

SSC Astronomer Discovers a River of Stars

The California Institute of Technology announced today (March 15) that a team of astronomers, led by Carl Grillmair o... read more

feature06-05

03.02.06

Hostile Beginnings for Components of Life

The components of life may have been under attack in the hostile environments of the universe's first galaxies, say a... read more

feature06-04

03.01.06

Congratulations to the 2006 Spitzer Fellows!

Five recent PhDs have just been offered the chance of a lifetime. They have been given three years to focus solely on... read more

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02.09.06

Spitzer Scientist Speaks at AAAS Conference

Among the thousands of top interdisciplinary scientists, policy makers, journalists, and general science enthusiasts ... read more

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02.02.06

Spitzer Visits Spitzer

When Doreen Spitzer learned that her son was going to visit the science center named after her late husband, Dr. Lyma... read more

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01.26.06

Visiting Scientist Program Invites 'Cosmic Rock Star'

Dr. Edward Tedesco may not play a musical instrument and has yet to release an album, but that does not mean he isn't... read more

feature05-28

12.22.05

Spitzer Spots Stellar Snowflake on the 'Christmas Tree Cluster'

The "Christmas Tree Cluster" has been seen sporting a shiny new decoration: an ornament made of newborn stars! But li... read more

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12.14.05

Spitzer Team Says Debris Disk Could Be Forming Infant Terrestrial Planets

Astronomers have found a debris disk around a sun-like star that may be forming or has formed its terrestrial planets... read more

feature05-26

12.12.05

Spitzer Exposes Our Galaxy's Deepest Secrets

Astronomers have at last found inner light! Only, they didn't find it through the typical Earthly methods of meditati... read more

feature05-25

12.08.05

High School Students and Teachers To Present Spitzer Findings at AAS

After more than a year of training workshops, writing proposals, observing, and analyzing data, 12 middle and high sc... read more

feature05-24

11.30.05

When Worlds Collide: Spitzer Investigates Cosmic Forces that Produce New Galaxies

When galaxies collide (as our galaxy, the Milky Way, eventually will with the nearby Andromeda galaxy), what happens ... read more

feature05-23

11.29.05

A Planet with Planets? Spitzer Finds Cosmic Oddball

Planets are everywhere these days. They have been spotted around more than 150 stars, and evidence is growing that th... read more

feature05-22

11.16.05

Spitzer Studies the Galactic Plane

How many stars are currently forming in our Milky Way galaxy? How many of them are high-mass stars? These are questio... read more

feature05-21

11.07.05

Showtime at the Spitzer Science Center

It's another sunny Tuesday morning in Southern California and a handful of infrared scientists have flocked to the ro... read more

feature05-20

10.28.05

The Great Galactic Black Widow

Unsuspecting prey be warned! Hiding in the darkest corner of the constellation Circinus is a gigantic black widow spi... read more

feature05-19

10.13.05

Cotton Candy Comet

Before it was discovered that gravity pulled comets across the sky, many peoples and cultures perceived these cosmic ... read more

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09.15.05

Spitzer Studies Planet X

On August 23 and 25, NASA's Spitzer Spitzer Space Telescope looked toward the recently discovered planet beyond Pluto... read more

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08.25.05

Spitzer Highlights from Two Years in Space

Four days after its launch on August 25, 2003, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope opened its infrared eyes for the first ... read more

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08.16.05

Students and Teachers on a Mission to Discover

National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) scientist Dr. Steve Howell once likened a low mass star in a cataclysmi... read more

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08.11.05

10,000 Hours and Counting...

On August 15, 2005 at approximately 7:11 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will begin its 10... read more

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08.08.05

Astronomers Release New Imaging Tool

Since its launch nearly two years ago, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has taken the public on a journey to the darkes... read more

feature05-13

08.07.05

Spitzer to Observe 2003UB313

Later this month, the Spitzer Space Telescope will look toward the recently-discovered planet beyond Pluto, an object... read more

feature05-12

07.26.05

Spitzer's Legacy Continues

For the second time, Spitzer Legacy science teams have released their most recent data and value-added projects to th... read more

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07.11.05

Teachers and Students Visit Spitzer Science Center

Smiling, Spitzer Staff Scientist Dr. Ranga-Ram Chary silently watched as 17-year old Katie Mills explained a complex ... read more

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feature05-10

07.07.05

Spitzer Receives NASA Honors

On June 22, 2005, NASA honored the Spitzer Space Telescope's groundbreaking contributions to the field of astronomy a... read more

feature05-09

06.30.05

Spitzer Witnesses Dusty Plumes of Deep Impact Collision

Locked in the core of comet Tempel 1 are mystery ingredients that may explain the creation of planets, and the condit... read more

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05.31.05

Spitzer at the AAS

Twice a year, the American Astronomical Society, or AAS, meets so scientists can share their research with their peer... read more

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05.26.05

Urgent! Spitzer Observes Gamma-Ray Burst!

The Spitzer Space Telescope is currently executing its first-ever High Impact Target of Opportunity (ToO) observation... read more

feature05-06

05.19.05

Time Allocation Committee Decides Next Year of Spitzer Observations

How does an idea become an observation on the Spitzer Space Telescope? Every year in February, astronomers from aroun... read more

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04.04.05

Teacher Observations Scheduled

Six observing projects (a total of 3.5 hours on the Spitzer Space Telescope) have been approved as part of the NASA S... read more

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04.01.05

Spitzer Astronomers Probe Center of Milky Way

Spitzer Space Telescope scientists have successfully probed the center of the Milky Way and have come to a stunning c... read more

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03.01.05

Spitzer Reaches 10,000 Mark

Only 541 days into its mission, Spitzer has reached 10,000 science observations. The telescope's Infrared Spectrograp... read more

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02.18.05

A Perfect First Year for Spitzer

Since it launched in August 2003, Spitzer has made some remarkable discoveries, thanks to the work of brilliant scien... read more

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01.04.05

"Best Use of Imagination & Innovation"

On January 1, 2005, Spitzer was honored in the 116th Rose Parade. The JPL-Caltech float, called "A Family of Explorer... read more

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12.28.04

Spitzer in the Rose Parade

When you watch the 116th Rose Parade on January 1, 2005, you'll see something spectacular: a gigantic Explorer figure... read more

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12.15.04

Teacher-Student Research Program Using the Spitzer Space Telescope

The Spitzer Science Center (SSC) with the collaboration of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) has desi... read more

   

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