Spitzer Space Telescope

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

by Elizabeth Howell May 16, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter “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. Remove this ad 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. Remove this ad Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Space Telescopes Look Back 13.2 Billion Years and See Surprisingly Luminous Galaxies

by Nancy Atkinson January 8, 2014

What was the Universe like more than 13 billion years ago, just 500 million years after the big bang? New data from the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes reveal some surprisingly bright galaxies that are about 10 to 20 times more luminous than anything seen previously in that epoch. Garth Illingworth from the University of […]

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