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NASA’s Spitzer space telescope spots star factory

August 27th, 2020

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope spotted a region of the Milky Way that is building stars at a rapid pace. These so-called “Star Factories” are filled with gas and dust that form into all manner of stars. Over time, some stars die, sending material flying and fueling the formation of new stars. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope …

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NASA’s Spitzer reveals surface conditions of distant exoplanet

August 19th, 2019

The hunt for exoplanets has ramped up in recent years as advancing telescope technology is allowing scientists to spot the telltale signs of planets orbiting distant stars. Astronomers are finding new planets at a faster rate than ever before, but there’s a big difference between knowing these alien worlds exist and knowing what conditions might …

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NASA’s Spitzer telescope refuses to die

June 13th, 2019

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is finally nearing the end of an absolutely incredible journey. The spacecraft has been peering deep into space for well over a decade and a half, and it’s outlived its original planned mission timeline by over 11 years. In that time, it’s made some incredible discoveries and offered scientists new insights …

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NASA spots ‘Space Butterfly’ giving birth to new stars

March 27th, 2019

Our Sun is one of the big reasons we’re all here today. It provides much of the energy needed for life to exist, and without it I wouldn’t be writing this and you wouldn’t be here to read it. We think of stars as ancient things that have been there forever but new ones are …

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NASA spies big space bubbles forming around newborn stars

October 23rd, 2018

NASA’s Hubble telescope might still be snapping out of a gyroscope-induced funk, but the space agency’s other powerful space-gazing lenses are still working just fine. In a new post, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is showcasing a truly stunning image captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope, which peered into the Milky Way to spot the Cat’s …