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  • 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. 

  • NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

    NASAAugust 31st, 2014

    NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.

  • Spitzer may face deactivation due to lack of funding

    James TuttenJune 3rd, 2014

    Ongoing budget constraints for NASA may lead to the end of the Spitzer Space Telescope (SST) program, even though the satellite is already operating at a reduced budget and is currently the best space-based infrared observatory in operation. Project managers working with Spitzer will have to look for alternative means to keep its mission alive […]

  • Telescope duo discover Sun’s chilly neighbor

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 2nd, 2014

    NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) teamed up with the Spitzer Space Telescope to make a very “cool” discovery – a stellar version of our North Pole.  The frigid new star, classified as a brown dwarf, is the fourth closest star system to the Sun at a distance of approximately 7.2 light-years away. Our Sun’s […]