Spitzer Space Telescope

Spotted: Asteroids ‘Smashing Themselves To Smithereens’ 1,200 Light-Years Away

by Elizabeth Howell September 3, 2014

When a crop of dust spread forth from the star NGC 2547-1D8 during 2012 observations, scientists quickly sprang into action. What they believe happened was two huge asteroids 1,200 light-years away crashed into each other. What’s more, researchers say that what they witnessed could herald planetary formation similar to what created our own solar system. […]

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Spitzer Mission Extension Not Approved In NASA Senior Review; Officials Say Budget Rewrite Possible

by Elizabeth Howell May 16, 2014

“Constrained budget conditions” have prompted NASA to not approve a funding extension for the 11-year-old Spitzer Space Telescope after fiscal 2015, but Spitzer officials emphasized that doesn’t necessarily mean the mission is terminated. Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Three NASA Telescopes Begin Hunt For Earliest Galaxies

by Elizabeth Howell April 3, 2014

Talk about turning back time. Three NASA observatories — the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope — are all working together to look for the universe’s first galaxies. The project is called “Frontier Fields” and aims to examine these galaxies through a technique called gravitational lensing, which allows astronomers […]

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Found! Distant Galaxy Spotted Just 650 Million Years After Big Bang

by Elizabeth Howell February 10, 2014

Peering deep into the universe with the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of researchers have found an extremely distant galaxy. It was discovered in Abell 2744, a galaxy cluster. The galaxy (called Abell2744_Y1) was spotted at a time when it was just 650 million years after the universe-forming Big Bang (which makes it more than 13 […]

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Greedy Galaxies Gobbled Gas, Stalling Star Formation Billions Of Years Ago

by Elizabeth Howell January 29, 2014

Like millionaires that burn through their cash too quickly, astronomers have found one factor behind why compact elliptical galaxies stopped growing stars about 11 billion years ago: they ate through their gas reserves. Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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