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07.02.14

Black Hole Fireworks in Nearby Galaxy

Celebrants this Fourth of July will enjoy the dazzling lights and booming shock waves from the explosions of firework... read more

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06.23.14

Organic conundrum in Large Magellanic Cloud

A group of organic chemicals that are considered carcinogens and pollutants today on Earth, but are also thought to b... read more

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06.19.14

Spitzer Spies an Odd, Tiny Asteroid

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have measured the size of an asteroid candidate for NASA's Asteroid ... read more

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06.12.14

Catching a 'Wave' of Galaxies Ending the Dark Ages

Through a project dubbed SURFS UP, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope are catching sight of a ... read more

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06.04.14

New Suspect Identified in Supernova Explosion

There were no witnesses to a stellar blast that lit up our skies a millennium ago, but NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope... read more

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05.28.14

The 'Serpent' Star-forming Cloud Hatches New Stars

The dark patch of clouds in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is swaddled in so much dust, even infrared... read more

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05.21.14

Pitch Black: Cosmic Clumps Cast the Darkest Shadows

A colossal, deeply dark cloud is found cranking out massive stars in a new Spitzer study. read more

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05.15.14

What Do You See in a Nebula?

Sometimes looking at the night sky can say more about the observer than the universe - at least that's how it feels w... read more

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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

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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

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04.23.14

Professional and Amateur Astronomers Join Forces

Long before the term "citizen science" was coined, the field of astronomy has benefited from countless men and women ... read more

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04.10.14

G352.7-0.1: Supernova Cleans Up its Surroundings

Supernovas are the spectacular ends to the lives of many massive stars. These explosions can produce enormous amounts... read more

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04.03.14

New Tool Finds Buried Treasure in Spitzer Archives

Our Solar System is swarming with asteroids and comets. Although astronomers have identified many thousands of these ... read more

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03.27.14

Spitzer Sees the Galactic Dawn with 'Frontier Fields'

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, in tandem with other major NASA observatories, has recently embarked on a major new m... read more

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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

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03.06.14

Mystery of Planet-forming Disks Explained by Magnetism

Gigantic magnetic loops on planet-forming disks explain a mystery of too much infrared light. read more

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02.26.14

Spitzer Stares into the Heart of New Supernova in M82

One of the closest supernovas to go off in the last few decades is putting on a good show for telescopes on the groun... read more

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02.07.14

Looking Back to the Cradle of Our Universe

NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes team up to find a small galaxy that appears to be lying at the observable ... read more

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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

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01.07.14

NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Team up to Probe Faraway Galaxies

NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes are providing a new perspective on the remote universe, including new view... read more

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01.07.14

Stormy Stars? NASA's Spitzer Probes Weather on Brown Dwarfs

To the surprise of astronomers, most brown dwarfs may be roiled by massive storms. read more

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01.06.14

Pulsar in a Stellar Triple System Makes Unique Gravitational Laboratory

Astronomers using a number of telescopes, including Spitzer, have discovered a unique stellar system of two white dwa... read more

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12.18.13

The Rise and Fall of Galactic Cities

How and when galactic metropolises cease their opulent ways is the subject of new research from NASA's Spitzer Space ... read more

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12.16.13

New Animals on Display at Spitzer's Citizen Science Zoo

Since 2010, about 50,000 volunteers have taken to their computers to help astronomers catalog star-blown bubbles capt... read more

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11.21.13

Infant Galaxies Merge Near 'Cosmic Dawn'

Astronomers using the combined power of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array telescope in Chile and NASA’... read more

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11.11.13

Spitzer and ALMA Reveal a Star's Bubbly Birth

Supersonic jets burst out of a young star's cocoon in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama... read more

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10.28.13

A Ghostly Trio from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

Haunting images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show the disembodied remains of dying stars. read more

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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

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10.23.13

Texas Astronomer Discovers Most Distant Known Galaxy

University of Texas at Austin astronomer Steven Finkelstein has led a team that has discovered and measured the dista... read more

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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

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09.24.13

How Engineers Revamped Spitzer to Probe Exoplanets

Even though NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was never designed to study exoplanets, it has become one of the world's p... read more

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09.10.13

Comet Found Hiding in Plain Sight

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has uncovered secrets of the "asteroid" called Don Quixote, revealing its true comet n... read more

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09.05.13

Coldest Brown Dwarfs Blur Star, Planet Lines

Researchers are getting to know some of our sun's closest and smallest neighbors. read more

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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

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08.01.13

Monster Galaxies Lose Their Appetite With Age

Our universe is filled with gobs of galaxies, bound together by gravity into larger families called clusters. Lying a... read more

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07.31.13

Spitzer Discovers Young Stars with a 'Hula Hoop'

A pair of stars peeks out from a tilted disk twirling around them, allowing astronomers to monitor their "blinking" p... read more

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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

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07.18.13

Seeing Snow in Space

Although it might seem counterintuitive, if you get far enough away from a smoldering young star, you can actually fi... read more

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06.05.13

NASA Chandra, Spitzer Study Suggests Black Holes Abundant Among The Earliest Stars

By comparing infrared and X-ray background signals across the same stretch of sky, an international team of astronome... read more

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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

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05.16.13

Galaxy's Ring of Fire

This galaxy's ring of fire "burns, burns, burns" with young stars. read more

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05.14.13

NASA Develops Key to Cosmic Carbon's Molecular Evolution

Scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., now have the capability to systematically investiga... read more

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05.06.13

NASA's Spitzer Puts Planets in a Petri Dish

Astronomers are using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to dissect the atmospheres of an exotic class of planets called ... read more

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04.03.13

A Confetti-Like Collection of Stars

Stars sparkle in this lively new view of the Small Magellanic Cloud from NASA's Great Observatories. read more

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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

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01.10.13

Mapping the Milky Way: Radio Telescopes Give Clues to Structure, History

Astronomers have discovered hundreds of previously-unknown sites of massive star formation in the Milky Way by using ... read more

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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

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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

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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

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12.19.12

Armchair Science: Bag and Tag Glowing Galactic Clouds

A new galactic game launches today that lets citizen scientists identify the glowing clouds where future stars will b... read more

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12.18.12

Shot Away from its Companion, Giant Star Makes Waves

A runaway star can be seen charging through the dust in an infrared portrait from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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09.26.12

Spitzer, Hubble See Galaxy-Altering Quasars Ignite

NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have caught sight of luminous quasars igniting after galaxies collide. Qua... read more

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09.24.12

Spitzer Welcomes Shuttle Endeavour to Los Angeles

The Space Shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop its specially-adapted 747, made a grand tour of the Los Angles basin on Sep... read more

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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

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08.29.12

NASA's WISE Survey Uncovers Millions of Black Holes

NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has found millions of dusty supermassive black hole candidates spre... read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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05.24.12

NASA Scientist Figures Way to Weigh Space Rock

A scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has accurately determined the mass of a nearby a... read more

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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

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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

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04.16.12

1000 Days of Infrared Wonders

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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

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04.03.12

Cosmic 'Leaf Blower' Robs Galaxy of Star-Making Fuel

Supernova explosions and the jets of a monstrous black hole are scattering a galaxy's star-making gas like a cosmic l... read more

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03.26.12

A New Release of Infrared Galaxy Data

A newly processed collection of infrared observations of more that 200 galaxies, based on data available from NASA's ... read more

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03.07.12

Citizen Scientists Reveal a Bubbly Milky Way

Volunteers are helping astronomers find star-blown bubbles throughout our Milky Way galaxy. read more

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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

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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

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01.25.12

Astronomical Success: Caltech's George Helou Honored by Home Country of Lebanon

They say there is no place like home. For Caltech's George Helou, the essence of that phrase carries over to the reco... read more

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01.11.12

Teacher Program Brings NASA Research to High Schools, Middle Schools, Museums

Imagine you are a high school student walking into your science class in September and you learn that your teacher is... read more

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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

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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

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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

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12.01.11

Strange New “Species” of Ultra-Red Galaxy Discovered

In the distant reaches of the universe, almost 13 billion light-years from Earth, a strange species of galaxy lay hid... read more

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11.29.11

The Shape of the Universe: Recent Deep Space Photography

The Shape of the Universe is an exhibition of deep space photography, curated by artist David Em. The exhibition fea... read more

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11.23.11

Doubling Up on the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Like the Milky Way, Messier 83 is classified as a barred spiral galaxy due to the bar-like pattern of stars that run ... read more

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11.10.11

The Tarantula Glows with X-rays and Infrared Light

The Tarantula nebula can be seen here in a web of dust and multimillion-degree gas. read more

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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

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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

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10.19.11

Spitzer Finds the Coldest Companion to a Star Ever Seen

Although we all want to think that the people we keep company with are "cool," when it comes to the cosmos, no one ha... read more

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09.26.11

Spitzer Detects a Steaming Super-Earth Eclipsing Its Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has gathered surprising new details about a supersized and superheated version of Eart... read more

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08.15.11

Honeycomb Carbon Crystals Possibly Detected in Space

Flat flakes of carbon have been tentatively spotted in space. read more

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08.10.11

A Cosmic Inkblot Test

What do you see when you look at this strange mix of shapes from space? read more

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08.09.11

Spitzer Status Update

Spitzer scientists and engineers are beginning tests to study the feasibility of switching to the spacecraft's Inerti... read more

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07.20.11

Spitzer's Spider Web of Stars

Stars appear to be caught in a galactic web in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. read more

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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

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06.15.11

A Green Ring Fit for a Superhero

Has the comic book superhero Green Lantern lost his ring? In fact, this giant ring of glowing dust, imaged by NASA's ... read more

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05.20.11

Spitzer Achievements Honored at Rotary Stellar Awards

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Stellar Award by the Rotary National Award for S... read more

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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

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05.25.11

The Spitzer Photo Atlas of Galactic "Train Wrecks"

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05.23.11

Planet? Check.

A new planetary member of the Kepler-10 solar system was announced today. Using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telesc... read more

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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

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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

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02.07.11

IPAC Celebrates 25 Years at Caltech

Twenty five years ago moving vans were being loaded at the Union Bank, on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena, for the firs... read more

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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

   

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