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Looking Beyond: NASA's Frontier Fields Possibly Finds One of the Youngest Galaxies in the Early Universe

This image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744 was obtained with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, as part of the Frontier Fields program, designed to push the limits of how far we can see into the early universe. The zoomed image shows the region around the galaxy Abell2744_Y1, one of the most distant galaxy candidates [...]

Spitzer Space Telescope Celebrates 10 Years of Astronomical Discovery

The infrared vision of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed that the Sombrero galaxy—named after its appearance in visible light to a wide-brimmed hat—is in fact two galaxies in one. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Ten years ago tonight, NASA’s fourth “Great Observatory”—the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)—was boosted into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force [...]

Planck Mission Brings Universe into Sharp Focus

This map shows the oldest light in our universe, as detected with the greatest precision yet by the Planck mission. The ancient light, called the cosmic microwave background, was imprinted on the sky when the universe was 370,000 years old. It shows tiny temperature fluctuations that correspond to regions of slightly different densities, representing [...]

NASA Telescopes Discover Strobe-Like Flashes In a Suspected Binary Protostar

Image Credit: Robert Gutermuth / UMass Amherst

PASADENA, Calif — Two of NASA’s great observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a strobe light.

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NASA Telescopes See ​Weather Patterns in ​Brown Dwarf​

This artist’s conception illustrates the brown dwarf named 2MASSJ22282889-431026. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

PASADENA, Calif. — Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have probed the stormy atmosphere of a brown dwarf, creating the most detailed “weather map” yet for this class of cool, star-like orbs. The forecast shows wind-driven, planet-sized clouds enshrouding these strange [...]

Spitzer and Hershel Space Telescopes Detect Debris Belt(s) Around Vega

This is an artist’s rendering of the debris belt around the star Vega. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists working with data from both NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory have confirmed the detection of an asteroid-belt-like debris belt around the nearby star Vega.

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Proposals Sought for Two NASA Space Telescopes

Two space telescopes given to NASA by the National Reconnaissance Office, both of which have characteristics similar to the Hubble Space Telescope (seen here), are being opened up for proposals for innovative uses. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA is looking into a variety of potential uses for two of the space agency’s space-based telescopes. The [...]

Hubble And Spitzer Telescopes Combine Efforts To Discover Most Distant Object Ever Seen

The newly discovered galaxy, named MACS0647-JD, is very young and only a tiny fraction of the size of our Milky Way. The object is observed 420 million years after the big bang. The inset at left shows a close-up of the young dwarf galaxy. This image is a composite taken with Hubble's WFC 3 and ACS on Oct. 5 and Nov. 29, 2011. Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Postman and D. Coe (STScI) and CLASH Team.

The newly discovered galaxy, named MACS0647-JD, is very young and only a tiny fraction of the size of our Milky Way. The object is observed 420 million years after the big bang. The inset at left shows a close-up of the young dwarf galaxy. This image is a composite taken with Hubble’s WFC 3 [...]

Life-Nurturing Asteroid Belts May Be Rare

The study used data from the Spitzer Space Telescope about dusty disks around young stars, such as the one shown in this artist’s impression. Image Credit: NASA

Asteroid belts similar to the one around the Sun, but not ones that are much sparser or denser, might be crucial to the appearance of life on [...]

The Accidental Discovery of Exoplanet UCF-1.01

An artist’s concept of the candidate exoplanet UCF-1.01. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Sometimes you find amazing things when you’re looking for something completely different. That’s what happened to the newly minted Dr. Kevin Stevenson. Working on his PhD project at the University of Central Florida, he found a possible new exoplanet. 

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