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Astronomers Spot Newborn Star Spouting Gas

NASA today unveiled a new image of the stellar object known as HH 46/47. The picture shows that the object is a newly-formed star that is shedding some of the gasses from which it formed. The new observations have been published in The Astrophysical Journal. HH 46/47 can be seen throwing out huge jets of gas traveling out from the …

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Clouds Mapped on Jupiter-Like Exoplanet

Though much of the agency is preparing to shut down, NASA this week announced that astronomers have mapped the clouds of a planet outside our own solar system. Using the Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes, astronomers have created a cloud map of Kepler-7b, a Jupiter-like planet that orbits around the star Kepler-7. Though Kepler-7b has less than half the mass …

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Spitzer Telescope Now a Decade Old

Sunday marks the ten-year anniversary of the launch of NASA‘s Spitzer Space Telescope. NASA today commemorated the milestone by taking a look back at all the discoveries Spitzer has been integral in this past decade. “I always knew Spitzer would work, but I had no idea that it would be as productive, exciting and long-lived as it has been,” said …

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“Strobe Light” Star Spotted by NASA Telescopes

NASA this week revealed that astronomers have discovered a mysterious object that acts like a strobe light. The object, named LRLL 54361, releases a flash of light every 25.34 days. Though other objects in the universe have been observed with similar patterns, this one is the most powerful yet seen. In a new paper published recently in the journal Nature, …

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Vega Asteroid Belt Suggests Multiple Planets

Astronomers this week announced that they have discovered what could be an asteroid belt around the star Vega. NASA‘s Spitzer space telescope and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory were used to observe the star, which is the second brightest in the northern sky. Vega was found to have an astroid belt-like band of debris in both a …

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NASA Spots Weather Patterns on Brown Dwarf

Astronomers this week announced that they have produced a “weather map” for a brown dwarf that shows planet-sized clouds driven by wind. Brown dwarfs are objects at the edge of becoming a star. They lack the mass to begin hydrogen fusion, and in some ways are similar to gas giant planets. The new study, published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, …

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NASA Releases New Cassini, Spitzer Photos For the Holidays

Just in time for the holidays, NASA has released two new space photos filled with festive greens and reds. The photo seen above (a larger version of which can be seen here) was taken using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. the infrared image depicts the giant star Zeta Ophiuchi as it hurtles through space, causing a wave in the dust in …

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NASA Releases a “Game” to Crowd-Source Cloud Classification

NASA this week has launched a “game” that allows anyone to identify galactic clouds in a series of photos. The game, called Clouds, is part of the Milky Way Project, which helps astronomers crowd source data sorting. It can be played here on Zooniverse, where many different crowd-sourced science projects are hosted. The simple game asks players to state whether …

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NASA May Have Found A New Most Distant Galaxy

NASA today announced that astronomers have found a candidate for the new most distant galaxy ever seen. This comes just after a similar announcement in September, when a different red blob took the record. The object, dubbed MACS0647-JD, is observed to have existed only 420 million years after the big bang. The light from the small galaxy has traveled 13.3 …

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NASA May Have Found the Source of the Sky’s Mysterious Infrared Glow

NASA today announced that the mystery of the blotchy pattern of infrared light seen across the entire sky may finally be solved. According to a new study published in the journal Nature, the light comes from isolated stars that lie beyond the edges of galaxies. The starts are currently thought to have once been a part of galaxies, but were …

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Hubble Constant More Accurately Measured by Astronomers

Astronomers have used NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope to obtain the most precise measurement yet of the Hubble constant, which is the rate at which the universe is expanding. The Hubble constant is named for Edwin Hubble, the astronomer who discovered that the universe is expanding. The new measurement improves the accuracy of the previous most-accurate measurement (from the Hubble Space …

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NASA Finds What Could be the Most Distant Galaxy Yet Seen

NASA today announced that it has snapped a picture of what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen. Using the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, astronomers have captured an image of what could be a young galaxy from when the universe was just 500 million years old. The current age of the universe is calculated to be 13.7 billion …

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