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News Archive / Tagged: Spitzer Space Telescope

  • Scientists studying role galactic collisions have in star formation

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 2nd, 2019

    Scientists working on a survey over the last 10 years are trying to understand why some galactic mergers trigger star formation while others shut it down.

  • Birthing place of stars captured in recent Spitzer Space Telescope imagery

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 25th, 2018

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope - has taken a peek into a nursery for stars.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Spitzer telescope’s top 15 discoveries

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 27th, 2018

    To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Spitzer Space Telescope's operations in space, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which manages the mission, issued a statement highlighting the infrared observatory's top 15 discoveries.

  • NASA telescopes discover water-rich exoplanet atmosphere

    Christopher PaulMarch 4th, 2018

    Scientists using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes in concert have examined the elemental composition of a distant exoplanet's atmosphere in the highest detail yet. The planet, designated WASP-39b, is about the same mass as Saturn, but has three times as much water, according to NASA.

  • NASA video simulation takes viewers on a journey through the Orion Nebula

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 14th, 2018

    A new 3D video simulation that uses images taken by both the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes takes viewers on a stunning simulated journey within the Orion Nebula.

  • Hot super-Earth, 55 Cancri e, found to have an atmosphere

    Laurel KornfeldNovember 27th, 2017

    Scientists analyzing data collected by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered that a hot super-Earth, which might have flowing lava on its surface, likely has an atmosphere.

  • TRAPPIST-1 could be twice the age of the Solar System

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 13th, 2017

    The red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 and its seven known planets have been around far longer than the Solar System, according to a new study by scientists who have estimated the system's age.

  • ‘Warm Neptune’ HAT-P-26b has primitive atmosphere

    Ocean McIntyreMay 16th, 2017

    Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, announced in a paper published on May 12, 2017, an exoplanet designated HAT-P-26b, which was confirmed in 2010, has a primitive atmosphere of hydrogen and helium.

  • ‘Iceball’ planet discovered through microlensing

    Ocean McIntyreMay 2nd, 2017

    Scientists have discovered the lowest-massed exoplanet ever detected using gravitational microlensing. The exoplanet, OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb, is located in the constellation Scorpius some 13,000 light-years from Earth.

  • Spitzer discovers star system with seven orbiting Earth-sized planets

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 23rd, 2017

    A star system, approximately 40 light-years from Earth, with seven Earth-sized planets, including three in the habitable zone, has been discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

  • Elusive brown dwarf spotted by two NASA space telescopes

    Laurel KornfeldNovember 13th, 2016

    Using the technique known as gravitational microlensing, NASA's Swift and Spitzer space telescopes have separately observed a brown dwarf that may be orbiting its host star in a location where few such objects have been found.

  • Spitzer Space Telescope enters ‘Beyond’ phase

    Jason RhianAugust 28th, 2016

    Like so many of NASA's successful missions, the Spitzer Space Telescope's mission is being extended – into its "Beyond" phase. NASA announced the extension via a release on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The space-based observatory will now enter a planned two-and-a-half-year mission extension.

  • Super-Earth temperature map created from Spitzer data

    Laurel KornfeldApril 2nd, 2016

    Using data collected by NASA's recently upgraded Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists have created the first-ever temperature map of a super-Earth exoplanet. The exoplanet is considered a "super-Earth" because it is large and rocky with approximately eight times Earth's mass.

  • Storm similar to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot detected on low mass star

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 13th, 2015

    A large, cloudy storm has been detected on a tiny, cool star known as W1906+40 by scientists using NASA's Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes. The finding marks the first time clouds and a storm similar to Jupiter's Great Red Spot have been found on a star rather than on a planet.

  • Spitzer Space Telescope confirms super-Earth nearby

    Joe LatrellAugust 2nd, 2015

    With exoplanets found as far away as 13,000 light years, it appeared that worlds like our own were not in “the neighborhood”. Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, scientist have confirmed the existence of a rocky planet somewhat similar in size to Earth – and it is just 21 light-years away.