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ssc2007-13

08.06.07

NASA's Spitzer Spies Monster Galaxy Pileup

Four galaxies are slamming into each other and kicking up billions of stars in one of the largest cosmic smash-ups ev... read more

ssc2007-12

07.11.07

NASA's Spitzer Finds Water Vapor on Hot, Alien Planet

A scorching-hot gas planet beyond our solar system is steaming up with water vapor, according to new observations fro... read more

ssc2007-11

05.30.07

NASA Space Telescope Gives Scientists Depth Perception

Astronomers now have a new "eye" for determining the distance to certain mysterious bodies in and around our Milky Wa... read more

ssc2007-10

05.28.07

Spitzer Nets Thousands of Galaxies in a Giant Cluster

In just a short amount of time, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has bagged thousands of previously unknown dwarf galax... read more

ssc2007-09

05.09.07

NASA Finds Extremely Hot Planet, Makes First Exoplanet Weather Map

Researchers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have learned what the weather is like on two distant, exotic worlds.... read more

ssc2007-08

04.18.07

Astronomers Map Out Planetary Danger Zone

Astronomers have laid down the cosmic equivalent of yellow "caution" tape around super hot stars, marking the zones w... read more

ssc2007-07

04.12.07

The Seven Sisters Pose for Spitzer -- and for You!

The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades, seem to float on a bed of feathers in a new infrared image from NASA's... read more

ssc2007-06

04.10.07

Mystery Spiral Arms Explained?

Using a quartet of space observatories, University of Maryland astronomers may have cracked a 45-year mystery surroun... read more

ssc2007-05

03.29.07

NASA Telescope Finds Planets Thrive Around Stellar Twins

The double sunset that Luke Skywalker gazed upon in the film Star Wars might not be a fantasy. read more

ssc2007-04

02.21.07

NASA's Spitzer First To Crack Open Light of Faraway Worlds

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured for the first time enough light from planets outside our solar system, kn... read more

ssc2007-03

02.12.07

Comets Clash at Heart of Helix Nebula

A bunch of rowdy comets are colliding and kicking up dust around a dead star, according to new observations from NASA... read more

ssc2007-01

01.09.07

Famous Space Pillars Feel the Heat of Star's Explosion

The three iconic space pillars photographed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 1995 might have met their demise, acc... read more

ssc2007-02

01.08.07

Gas Giants Form Quickly

Gas-giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn form soon after their stars do, according to new research. read more

ssc2006-22

12.18.06

NASA Telescope Picks Up Glow of Universe's First Objects

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope strongly suggest that infrared light detected in a prior study o... read more

ssc2006-21

11.07.06

Spitzer and Hubble Create Colorful Masterpiece

A new image from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes looks more like an abstract painting than a cosmic snapsh... read more

ssc2006-20

10.27.06

Snake on a Galactic Plane!

Something scary appears to be slithering across the plane of our Milky Way galaxy in this new Halloween image from NA... read more

ssc2006-19

10.26.06

NASA's Spitzer Peels Back Layers of Star's Explosion

Astronomers using NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered that an exploded star, named Cassiopeia A, ... read more

ssc2006-18

10.12.06

NASA's Spitzer Sees Day and Night on Exotic World

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has made the first measurements of the day and night temperatures of a planet outside ... read more

ssc2006-17

08.31.06

The Eternal Life of Stardust Portrayed in New NASA Image

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is helping astronomers understand how stardust is recycled in galaxie... read more

ssc2006-16

08.14.06

NASA's Spitzer Digs Up Troves of Possible Solar Systems in Orion

Astronomers have long scrutinized the vast and layered clouds of the Orion nebula, an industrious star-making factory... read more

ssc2006-15

07.24.06

Planet-Forming Disks Might Put the Brakes on Stars

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have found evidence that dusty disks of planet-forming material tug ... read more

ssc2006-14

06.05.06

Andromeda Adrift in Sea of Dust in New NASA Image

The Andromeda galaxy, named for the mythological princess who almost fell prey to a sea monster, appears tranquil in ... read more

ssc2006-13

05.10.06

Spitzer Telescope Sees Trail of Comet Crumbs

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has snapped a picture of the bits and pieces making up Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3... read more

ssc2006-12

05.09.06

Spitzer Scientist To Give Prestigious Darwin Lecture

Dr. Michael Werner, project scientist of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, has been selected to give the Royal Astronom... read more

ssc2006-11

04.26.06

Galaxies Don Mask of Stars in New Spitzer Image

A pair of dancing galaxies appears dressed for a cosmic masquerade in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. read more

ssc2006-10

04.05.06

NASA's Spitzer Finds Hints of Planet Birth Around Dead Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has uncovered new evidence that planets might rise up out of a dead star's ashes. read more

ssc2006-09

03.16.06

Galaxy on Fire! NASA's Spitzer Reveals Stellar Smoke

Where there's smoke, there's fire -- even in outer space. A new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope sh... read more

ssc2006-08

03.02.06

A Shocking Surprise in Stephan's Quintet

This false-color composite image of the Stephan's Quintet galaxy cluster clearly shows one of the largest shock waves... read more

ssc2006-07

02.21.06

NASA's Spitzer Makes Hot Alien World the Closest Directly Detected

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ssc2006-06

02.15.06

NASA's Spitzer Finds Violent Galaxies Smothered in 'Crushed Glass'

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has observed a rare population of colliding galaxies whose entangled hearts are wrappe... read more

ssc2006-05

02.08.06

NASA's Spitzer Uncovers Hints of Mega Solar Systems

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has identified two huge "hypergiant" stars circled by monstrous disks of what might be... read more

ssc2006-04

01.11.06

NASA's Spitzer Finds Possible Comet Dust Around Dead Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted what may be comet dust sprinkled around the white dwarf star G29-38, which... read more

ssc2006-02

01.10.06

Spitzer Captures Our Galaxy's Bustling Center

A new infrared mosaic from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope offers a stunning view of the stellar hustle and bustle tha... read more

ssc2006-01

01.09.06

Spitzer Puts a New Spin on the Helix Nebula

The Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) is a challenging stargazing target for amateur astronomers. It is one of the closest plan... read more

ssc2006-03

01.09.06

Mystery Solved: High-Energy Fireworks Linked to Massive Star Cluster

Call it the Bermuda Triangle of our Milky Way Galaxy: a tiny patch of sky that has been known for years to be the sou... read more

ssc2005-26

12.20.05

Partial Ingredients for DNA and Protein Found Around Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered some of life's most basic ingredients in the dust swirling around a you... read more

ssc2005-25

12.05.05

Learn About Spitzer and Its Cosmically Infrared World

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is bringing new light -- infrared light -- to the study of our dark and mysterious uni... read more

ssc2005-24

11.15.05

Beautiful Chaos of Star Birth

Located 1,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, a reflection nebula called NGC 1333 epitomizes the... read more

ssc2005-23

11.09.05

Spitzer Captures Cosmic Mountains of Creation

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals billowing mountains of dust ablaze with the fires of stellar ... read more

ssc2005-22

11.02.05

Scientists See Light that May Be from First Objects in Universe

Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope say they have detected light that may be from the earliest objects in... read more

ssc2005-21

10.20.05

NASA's Spitzer Finds Failed Stars May Succeed in Planet Business

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted the very beginnings of what might become planets around the puniest of cel... read more

ssc2005-20

10.13.05

Lady in Red: Andromeda Galaxy Shines in Spitzer's Eyes

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a stunning infrared view of Messier 31, the famous spiral galaxy also kno... read more

ssc2005-19

09.27.05

NASA Finds 'Big Baby' Galaxies in Newborn Universe

Two of NASA's Great Observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes, have teamed up to "weigh" the stars in se... read more

ssc2005-18

09.07.05

NASA's Spitzer and Deep Impact Build Recipe for Comet Soup

When Deep Impact smashed into comet Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005, it released the ingredients of our solar system's primo... read more

ssc2005-17

08.03.05

NASA's Spitzer Finds Hidden, Hungry Black Holes

Most of the biggest black holes in the universe have been eating cosmic meals behind closed doors -- until now. read more

ssc2005-15

07.28.05

Spitzer Finds Life Components in Young Universe

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found the ingredients for life all the way back to a time when the universe was a ... read more

ssc2005-14

06.09.05

NASA's Spitzer Captures Echo of Dead Star's Rumblings

An enormous light echo etched in the sky by a fitful dead star was spotted by the infrared eyes of NASA's Spitzer Spa... read more

ssc2005-13

06.02.05

NASA's Space Eyes Focus on Deep Impact Target

On July 4, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft will attempt an extraordinarily daring encounter with the far-flung comet Te... read more

ssc2005-12

05.30.05

Spitzer Captures Fruits of Massive Stars' Labors

The saga of how a few monstrous stars spawned a diverse community of additional stars is told in a new image from NAS... read more

ssc2005-11

05.04.05

Hats Off to Space Day from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

NASA salutes Space Day, observed this year on May 5, with a new dramatic image of the Sombrero galaxy. Space Day, he... read more

ssc2005-10

04.20.05

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Sees Signs of Alien Asteroid Belt

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted what may be the dusty spray of asteroids banging together in a belt that o... read more

ssc2005-09

03.22.05

NASA's Spitzer Marks Beginning of New Age of Planetary Science

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has for the first time captured the light from two known planets orbiting stars other ... read more

ssc2005-08

03.01.05

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Exposes Dusty Galactic Hideouts

How do you hide something as big and bright as a galaxy? You smother it in cosmic dust. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescop... read more

ssc2005-07

02.11.05

NASA and the Universe Send a Celestial Valentine

The candles are lit, the champagne is on ice. All you need now are flowers and a ring. This Valentine's Day, NASA's... read more

ssc2005-06

02.07.05

Astronomers Discover Beginnings of 'Mini' Solar System

Moons circle planets, and planets circle stars. Now, astronomers have learned that planets may also circle celestial ... read more

ssc2005-02

01.12.05

Spitzer Finds Stellar 'Incubators' with Massive Star Embryos

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has uncovered a hatchery for massive stars. read more

ssc2005-04

01.11.05

Spitzer Space Telescope Reads Solar System's 'Rosetta Stone'

When our solar system was young, its biggest babies — Jupiter and Saturn — threw tantrums by the trillion. The hu... read more

ssc2005-03

01.11.05

New Clues Found in Ongoing Mystery of Giant Galactic Blobs

Astronomers have numerous technical terms and numbering systems for describing the universe, but one type of mysterio... read more

ssc2005-01

01.10.05

Spitzer Sees Dusty Aftermath of Pluto-Sized Collision

Astronomers say a dusty disk swirling around the nearby star Vega is bigger than earlier thought. It was probably cau... read more

ssc2004-22

12.09.04

Spitzer and Hubble Capture Evolving Planetary Systems

Two of NASA's Great Observatories, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope, have provided astronom... read more

ssc2004-20

11.09.04

Spitzer Sees Ice and Warm Glows in Dark and Dusty Places

Two new results from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope released today are helping astronomers better understand how star... read more

ssc2004-19

11.05.04

First Peek at Spitzer's Legacy: Mysterious Whirlpool Galaxy

The astronomical community has received a new gift -- bundles of spruced up data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.... read more

ssc2004-18

10.28.04

'Galactic Ghoul' Rears Its Spooky Head

A "monster" lurking behind a blanket of cosmic dust is unveiled in this new Halloween image from NASA's Spitzer Space... read more

ssc2004-17

10.18.04

Astronomers Discover Planet Building Is Big Mess

Planets are built over a long period of massive collisions between rocky bodies as big as mountain ranges, astronomer... read more

ssc2004-16

10.12.04

Newfound Star Cluster May Be Final Milky Way 'Fossil'

Just when astronomers thought they might have dug up the last of our galaxy's "fossils," they've discovered a new one... read more

ssc2004-15

10.06.04

Great Observatories May Unravel 400-Year-Old Supernova Mystery

Four hundred years ago, sky watchers, including the famous astronomer Johannes Kepler, best known as the discoverer o... read more

ssc2004-14

09.07.04

Spitzer Arrives at Scene of Galactic Collision

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has set its infrared sight on a major galactic collision and witnessed not death, but ... read more

ssc2004-13

08.09.04

Dying Star Goes Out With a Ring

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the shimmering embers of a dying star, and in their midst a mys... read more

ssc2004-12

06.28.04

Seeing Double: Spitzer Captures Our Galaxy's Twin

What would our Milky Way galaxy look like if we could travel outside it and snap a picture? It might look a lot like ... read more

ssc2004-09

06.01.04

Spitzer Spies Parallelogram-Shaped Galactic Meal

Peering into the "gut" of the galaxy Centaurus A, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured in unprecedented detail... read more

ssc2004-10

06.01.04

Spitzer Leads NASA's Great Observatories To Uncover Black Holes, Other Hidden Objects

Astronomers unveiled the deepest images from NASA's new Spitzer Space Telescope today and announced the detection of ... read more

ssc2004-11

05.31.04

Spitzer Space Telescope Sets Infrared Eyes on Dark Matter

Ten years ago, a group of astronomers set out to find invisible, or dark, matter in the outer fringes of our galaxy. ... read more

ssc2004-08

05.27.04

Raw Ingredients for Life Detected in Planetary Construction Zones

NASA has announced new findings from the Spitzer Space Telescope, including the discovery of significant amounts of i... read more

ssc2004-07

05.11.04

Spitzer Shares the Wealth

Like a philanthropist donating a prized collection to a museum, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has opened a virtual v... read more

ssc2004-06

04.13.04

Invisible Giants Exposed in New Spitzer Image

Hidden behind a curtain of dusty darkness lurks one of the most violent pockets of star birth in our galaxy. Called D... read more

ssc2004-05

03.15.04

Most Distant Object in Solar System Discovered

NASA-funded researchers have discovered the most distant object orbiting Earth's Sun. The object is a mysterious plan... read more

ssc2004-04

03.08.04

NASA Creates Portrait of Life and Death in the Universe

In a small nearby galaxy lies a luminous cloud of gas and dust, called a nebula, which houses a family of newborn sta... read more

ssc2004-03

02.24.04

And The Laurel Goes To... The Spitzer Space Telescope!

Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine has honored the teams that built NASA's new Spitzer Space Telescope with a ... read more

ssc2004-02

02.12.04

Spitzer Telescope Sends Rose for Valentine's Day

Out of the dark and dusty cosmos comes an unusual valentine -- a stellar nursery resembling a shimmering pink rosebud... read more

ssc2004-01

01.13.04

Stormy Cloud of Star Birth Glows in New Spitzer Image

A dusty stellar nursery shines brightly in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, formerly known as the Spa... read more

ssc2003-06

12.18.03

NASA Releases Dazzling Images from New Space Telescope

A new window to the universe has opened with today's release of the first dazzling images from NASA's newly named Spi... read more

ssc2003-05

12.18.03

NASA Announces New Name for Space Infrared Telescope Facility

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today announced that NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility has been renamed the Sp... read more

ssc2003-04

10.13.03

Space Infrared Telescope Facility Mission Status

The Space Infrared Telescope Facility, NASA's fourth and final Great Observatory, has been successfully focused. This... read more

ssc2003-03

09.03.03

Space Infrared Telescope Facility Mission Status

NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility has switched on two of its onboard instruments and captured some preliminary... read more

ssc2003-02

08.25.03

Space Infrared Telescope Facility Mission Status

Following last night's picture-perfect launch, NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility is positioned exactly where g... read more

ssc2003-01

08.25.03

Space Infrared Telescope Facility Lifts Off

NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility successfully launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard... read more

ssc2003-00

03.25.03

Space Observatory To Study the Old, the Cold, and the Dusty

A NASA observatory will soon open a new window to the universe. By using infrared technology to study celestial objec... read more

ssc2003-0

03.06.03

Space Infrared Telescope Facility Arrives at KSC

The Space Infrared Telescope Facility arrived today at the Kennedy Space Center to begin final preparations for its l... read more

   

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