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ssc2014-06

08.28.14

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup ... read more

ssc2014-05

08.27.14

NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The build... read more

ssc2014-04

05.07.14

NASA Delivers New Insight into Star Cluster Formation

Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and infrared telescopes, astronomers have made an important advance ... read more

ssc2014-03

04.25.14

NASA's Spitzer and WISE Telescopes Find Close, Cold Neighbor of Sun

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the ... read more

ssc2014-02

03.20.14

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Brings 360-Degree View of Galaxy to Our Fingertips

Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA's new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thurs... read more

ssc2014-01

01.29.14

NASA and ESA Telescopes Help Solve Mystery of Ultra-Compact, Burned-Out Galaxies

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, Europe's Herschel Space Observatory, and many ground-ba... read more

ssc2013-09

10.24.13

NASA's Great Observatories Begin Deepest-Ever Probe of the Universe

NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes are teaming up to look deeper into the universe than ever before.... read more

ssc2013-08

09.30.13

NASA Space Telescopes Find Patchy Clouds on Exotic World

Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have created the first cloud map of a planet b... read more

ssc2013-07

08.23.13

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Celebrates 10 Years in Space

Ten years after a Delta II rocket launched NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, lighting up the night sky over Cape Canave... read more

ssc2013-06

07.23.13

NASA's Spitzer Observes Gas Emission from Comet ISON

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have observed what most likely are strong carbon dioxide emissions f... read more

ssc2013-05

06.05.13

NASA's Spitzer Sees Milky Way's Blooming Countryside

New views from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show blooming stars in our Milky Way galaxy's more barren territories, ... read more

ssc2013-04

02.07.13

NASA Telescopes Discover Strobe-like Flashes

Two of NASA's great observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, have teamed up to uncover a mysterious in... read more

ssc2013-02

01.08.13

NASA, ESA Telescopes Find Evidence For Asteroid Belt Around Vega

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a large asteroid belt around the star Vega, the second brightest star ... read more

ssc2013-01

01.08.13

NASA Telescopes See Weather Patterns in Brown Dwarf

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have probed the stormy atmosphere of a brown dwarf, crea... read more

ssc2013-03

01.07.13

Have You Practiced Your Piano and Done Your NASA Research?

Did you know that students as young as 7th graders who are juggling soccer, dances, and homework can also conduct NAS... read more

ssc2012-16

11.15.12

NASA Observatories Find Most Distant Galaxy Candidate

By combining the power of NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and one of nature's own natural "zoom lenses" in... read more

ssc2012-15

11.01.12

Asteroid Belts at Just the Right Place are Friendly to Life

Solar systems with life-bearing planets may be rare if they are dependent on the presence of asteroid belts of just t... read more

ssc2012-14

10.24.12

NASA'S Spitzer Sees Light Of Lonesome Stars

A new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggests a cause for the mysterious glow of infrared light... read more

ssc2012-13

10.03.12

NASA's Infrared Observatory Measures Expansion Of Universe

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have announced one of the most precise measurements yet of the Hubbl... read more

ssc2012-12

09.19.12

NASA Telescopes Spy Ultra-Distant Galaxy

With the combined power of NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astr... read more

ssc2012-11

07.18.12

Spitzer Finds Possible Exoplanet Smaller than Earth

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is a planet two-thirds the size of E... read more

ssc2012-10

06.26.12

Astronomers Spot Rare Arc From Hefty Galaxy Cluster

Seeing is believing, except when you don't believe what you see. Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have... read more

ssc2012-09

06.19.12

Most Quasars Live on Snacks, Not Large Meals

Black holes in the early universe needed a few snacks rather than one giant meal to fuel their quasars and help them ... read more

ssc2012-08

06.07.12

NASA's Spitzer Finds First Objects Burned Furiously

The faint, lumpy glow given off by the very first objects in the universe may have been detected with the best precis... read more

ssc2012-07

05.08.12

NASA's 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 t... read more

ssc2012-06

04.24.12

NASA'S Spitzer Finds Galaxy with Split Personality

While some galaxies are rotund and others are slender disks like our spiral Milky Way, new observations from NASA's S... read more

ssc2012-05

04.05.12

NASA Extends Spitzer, Planck, Kepler Missions

NASA is extending three missions affiliated with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. -- Kepler, the Spi... read more

ssc2012-04

02.29.12

Young Stars Flicker Amidst Clouds of Gas and Dust

Astronomers have spotted young stars in the Orion nebula changing right before their eyes, thanks to the European Spa... read more

ssc2012-03

02.22.12

NASA's 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... read more

ssc2012-02

01.10.12

Before They Were Stars: New Image Shows Space Nursery

The stars we see today weren't always as serene as they appear, floating alone in the dark of night. Most stars, like... read more

ssc2012-01

01.10.12

Herschel and Spitzer See Nearby Galaxies' Stardust

The cold dust that builds blazing stars is revealed in new images that combine observations from the Herschel Space O... read more

ssc2011-10

12.21.11

NASA Telescopes Help Find Rare Galaxy at Dawn of Time

A remote, blob-shaped galaxy has been found bursting with stars by NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes. read more

ssc2011-09

10.24.11

NASA Telescopes Help Solve Ancient Supernova Mystery

A mystery that began nearly 2,000 years ago, when Chinese astronomers witnessed what would turn out to be an explodin... read more

ssc2011-08

10.19.11

NASA's Spitzer Detects Comet Storm in Nearby Solar System

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected signs of icy bodies raining down in an alien solar system. read more

ssc2011-07

06.30.11

NASA's Spitzer Finds Distant Galaxies Grazed on Gas

Galaxies once thought of as voracious tigers are more like grazing cows, according to a new study using NASA's Spitze... read more

ssc2011-06

05.26.11

Spitzer Sees Crystal 'Rain' in Outer Clouds of Infant Star

Tiny crystals of a green mineral called olivine are falling down like rain on a burgeoning star, according to observa... read more

ssc2011-05

04.12.11

NASA Telescopes Help Discover Surprisingly Early Galaxy

Astronomers have uncovered one of the earliest galaxies to appear in the distant universe, with stars that formed 13.... read more

ssc2011-04

04.04.11

NASA's Spitzer Discovers Time-Delayed Jets Around Young Star

Astronomers have discovered that two symmetrical jets shooting away from opposite sides of a blossoming star are expe... read more

ssc2011-03

02.10.11

New View of Family Life in the North America Nebula

Stars at all stages of development, from dusty little tots to young adults, are on display in a new image from NASA's... read more

ssc2011-02

01.12.11

NASA Telescopes Help Identify Most Distant Galaxy Cluster

Astronomers have uncovered a burgeoning galactic metropolis, the most distant known in the early universe. This ancie... read more

ssc2011-01

01.12.11

Cosmology Standard Candle Not So Standard After All

Astronomers have turned up the first direct proof that "standard candles" used to illuminate the size of the universe... read more

ssc2010-10

12.08.10

NASA's Spitzer Reveals First Carbon-Rich Planet

Astronomers have discovered that a huge, searing-hot planet orbiting another star is loaded with an unusual amount of... read more

ssc2010-09

10.27.10

Space Buckyballs Thrive, Finds NASA Spitzer Telescope

Astronomers have discovered bucket loads of buckyballs in space. They used NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to find the... read more

ssc2010-08

10.19.10

Astronomers Find Weird, Warm Spot on an Exoplanet

Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a distant planet with a warm spot in the wrong place. read more

ssc2010-07

08.23.10

Pulverized Planet Dust May Lie Around Double Stars

Tight double-star systems might not be the best places for life to spring up, according to a new study using data fro... read more

ssc2010-06

07.22.10

NASA Telescope Finds Elusive Buckyballs in Space for First Time

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered carbon molecules, known as "buckyballs," in space fo... read more

ssc2010-05

04.21.10

'This Planet Tastes Funny,' According to Spitzer Telescope

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered something odd about a distant planet -- it lacks methane, an ingredient... read more

ssc2010-04

03.29.10

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Chandra/Spitzer Image

A new image from NASA's Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes shows the dusty remains of a collapsed star. The dust is... read more

ssc2010-03

03.17.10

NASA's Spitzer Unearths Primitive Black Holes

Astronomers have come across what appear to be two of the earliest and most primitive supermassive black holes known.... read more

ssc2010-01

01.05.10

Centuries-Old Star Mystery Coming to a Close

For almost two centuries, humans have looked up at a bright star called Epsilon Aurigae and watched with their own ey... read more

ssc2010-02

01.05.10

Galaxy Exposes its Dusty Inner Workings in New Spitzer Image

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an action-packed picture of the nearby Small Magellanic Cloud, a small ga... read more

ssc2009-22

11.30.09

Spitzer to Unveil Biggest Milky Way View at Adler Planetarium

In an unveiling of truly galactic proportions, the world's largest image of our Milky Way galaxy, taken by NASA's Spi... read more

ssc2009-21

11.23.09

Spitzer Telescope Observes Baby Brown Dwarf

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has contributed to the discovery of the youngest brown dwarf ever observed -- a findin... read more

ssc2009-20

11.10.09

NASA's Great Observatories Celebrate International Year of Astronomy

A never-before-seen view of the turbulent heart of our Milky Way galaxy is being unveiled by NASA today. This event w... read more

ssc2009-19

10.06.09

NASA Space Telescope Discovers Largest Ring Around Saturn

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered an enormous ring around Saturn — by far the largest of the giant plan... read more

ssc2009-18

09.23.09

NASA's Spitzer Spots Clump of Swirling Planetary Material

Astronomers have witnessed odd behavior around a young star. Something, perhaps another star or a planet, appears to ... read more

ssc2009-17

08.12.09

Space Telescopes Find Trigger-Happy Star Formation

A new study from two of NASA's Great Observatories provides fresh insight into how some stars are born, along with a ... read more

ssc2009-16

08.10.09

Planet Smash-Up Sends Vaporized Rock, Hot Lava Flying

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found evidence of a high-speed collision between two burgeoning planets around a y... read more

ssc2009-15

08.05.09

NASA's Spitzer Sees the Cosmos Through 'Warm' Infrared Eyes

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is starting a second career and taking its first shots of the cosmos since warming up. read more

ssc2009-14

07.23.09

NASA's Spitzer Images Out-of-this-World Galaxy

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has imaged a wild creature of the dark — a coiled galaxy with an eye-like object at ... read more

ssc2009-13

06.10.09

Baby Stars Finally Found in Jumbled Galactic Center

Astronomers have at last uncovered newborn stars at the frenzied center of our Milky Way galaxy. The discovery was ma... read more

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ssc2009-12

05.15.09

NASA's Spitzer Begins Warm Mission

After more than five-and-a-half years of probing the cool cosmos, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has run out of the c... read more

ssc2009-11

05.13.09

Spitzer Catches Star Cooking Up Comet Crystals

Scientists have long wondered how tiny silicate crystals, which need sizzling high temperatures to form, have found t... read more

ssc2009-10

05.06.09

NASA's 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 probin... read more

ssc2009-09

04.07.09

Cool Stars Have Different Mix of Life-Forming Chemicals

Life on Earth is thought to have arisen from a hot soup of chemicals. Does this same soup exist on planets around oth... read more

ssc2009-08

04.03.09

M33: A Close Neighbor Reveals its True Size and Splendor

This new image of the Triangulum galaxy is being released as part of the 'Around the World in 80 Telescopes' event fo... read more

ssc2009-07

04.02.09

NASA Joins 'Around the World in 80 Telescopes'

A collection of NASA missions will be involved in a live event Friday, April 3, that will allow the public to get an ... read more

ssc2009-06

03.16.09

Hearts of Galaxies Close in for Cosmic Train Wreck

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope offers a rare view of an imminent collision between the cores of two ... read more

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ssc2009-05

03.03.09

Mission Status Report Spitzer Space Telescope

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has resumed normal operations after entering standby mode on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at... read more

ssc2009-04

02.25.09

NASA Announces 2009 Astronomy and Astrophysics Fellows

NASA has selected fellows in three areas of astronomy and astrophysics for its Einstein, Hubble and Sagan Fellowships... read more

ssc2009-03

02.10.09

NASA's Great Observatories Celebrate International Year of Astronomy

Galileo first turned his telescope to the heavens in 1609, marking the dawn of modern astronomy. To commemorate 400 y... read more

ssc2009-02

01.28.09

Astronomers Observe Planet with Wild Temperature Swings

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has observed a planet that heats up to red-hot temperatures in a matter of hours befor... read more

ssc2009-01

01.05.09

Dead Stars Tell Story of Planet Birth

Astronomers have turned to an unexpected place to study the evolution of planets -- dead stars. read more

ssc2008-22

12.10.08

Astronomers Find the Two Dimmest Stellar Bulbs

It's a tie! The new record-holder for dimmest known star-like object in the universe goes to twin "failed" stars, or ... read more

ssc2008-21

12.08.08

Rivers of Gas Flow Around Stars in New Space Image

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a turbulent star-forming region, where rivers of gas and stella... read more

ssc2008-20

11.11.08

Dusty Shock Waves Generate Planet Ingredients

Shock waves around dusty, young stars might be creating the raw materials for planets, according to new observations ... read more

ssc2008-19

10.27.08

Closest Planetary System Hosts Two Asteroid Belts

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicate that the nearest planetary system to our own has two as... read more

ssc2008-18

10.13.08

NASA's Spitzer Gets Sneak Peek Inside Comet Holmes

When comet Holmes unexpectedly erupted in 2007, professional and amateur astronomers around the world turned their te... read more

ssc2008-17

10.08.08

Splashy Portrait Helps Explain How Stars Form

This painterly portrait of a star-forming cloud, called NGC 346, is a combination of multiwavelength light from NASA'... read more

ssc2008-16

10.01.08

Infrared Echoes give NASA's Spitzer a Supernova Flashback

Hot spots near the shattered remains of an exploded star are echoing the blast's first moments, say scientists using ... read more

ssc2008-15

08.22.08

Generations of Stars Pose for Family Portrait

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells a tale of life and death amidst a rich family history. The stri... read more

ssc2008-14

07.21.08

Spitzer Reveals 'No Organics' Zone Around Pinwheel Galaxy

The Pinwheel galaxy is gussied up in infrared light in a new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. read more

ssc2008-13

07.15.08

Brightest Star in the Galaxy has New Competition

A contender for the title of brightest star in our Milky Way galaxy has been unearthed in the dusty metropolis of the... read more

ssc2008-12

07.10.08

Rare 'Star-Making Machine' Found In Distant Universe

Astronomers have uncovered an extreme stellar machine -- a galaxy in the very remote universe pumping out stars at a ... read more

ssc2008-10

06.03.08

Two of the Milky Way's Spiral Arms Go Missing

New images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope are shedding light on the true structure of the Milky Way, revealing t... read more

ssc2008-11

06.03.08

Spitzer Captures Stellar Coming of Age in Our Galaxy

More than 800,000 snapshots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have been stitched together to create a new "coming o... read more

ssc2008-09

05.29.08

Scientists Hold Séance for Supernova

Astronomers have unearthed secrets from the grave of a star that blasted apart in a supernova explosion long ago. By ... read more

ssc2008-08

05.28.08

Strange Ring Found Circling Dead Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found a bizarre ring of material around the magnetic remains of a star that blaste... read more

ssc2008-07

04.10.08

Spitzer Sees Shining Stellar Sphere

Millions of clustered stars glisten like an iridescent opal in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. read more

ssc2008-06

03.13.08

Spitzer Finds Organics and Water Where New Planets May Grow

Researchers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered large amounts of simple organic gases and water vapo... read more

ssc2008-05

02.17.08

Many, Perhaps Most, Nearby Sun-Like Stars May Form Rocky Planets

Astronomers have discovered that terrestrial planets might form around many, if not most, of the nearby sun-like star... read more

ssc2008-04

02.12.08

Astronomers Eye Ultra-Young, Bright Galaxy in Early Universe

NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, with a boost from a natural "zoom lens," have uncovered what may be one o... read more

ssc2008-03

02.11.08

Spitzer Catches Young Stars in Their Baby Blanket of Dust

Newborn stars peek out from beneath their natal blanket of dust in this dynamic image of the Rho Ophiuchi dark cloud ... read more

ssc2008-02

01.15.08

NASA Unveils Cosmic Images Book in Braille for Blind Readers

At a ceremony held today at the National Federation of the Blind, NASA unveiled a new book that brings majestic image... read more

ssc2008-01

01.10.08

Even Thin Galaxies Can Grow Fat Black Holes

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected plump black holes where least expected -- skinny galaxies. read more

ssc2007-20

12.20.07

10,000 Earths' Worth of Fresh Dust Found Near Star Explosion

Astronomers have at last found definitive evidence that the universe's first dust -- the celestial stuff that seeded ... read more

ssc2007-19

11.29.07

Embryonic Star Captured with Jets Flaring

A developing star wrapped in a black cocoon of dust is seen sprouting giant jets in a new image from NASA's Spitzer S... read more

ssc2007-18

11.20.07

Astronomers Say Moons Like Ours Are Uncommon

The next time you take a moonlit stroll, or admire a full, bright-white moon looming in the night sky, you might coun... read more

ssc2007-17

10.25.07

Missing Black Hole Report: Hundreds Found!

Astronomers have unmasked hundreds of black holes hiding deep inside dusty galaxies billions of light-years away. read more

ssc2007-16

10.09.07

Astronomers Find Dust in the Wind of Black Holes

The hit song that proclaimed, "All we are is dust in the wind," may have some cosmic truth to it. New findings from N... read more

   

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