Small Magellanic Cloud
Thousands of astronomers have amassed at the 215th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington. From Jan. 4 to 6, this page will be updated with news from the NASA/JPL-developed Kepler mission and NASA/JPL's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

NASA's WISE Eye Spies First Glimpse of the Starry Sky - Jan. 6

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has captured its first look at the starry sky that it will soon begin surveying in infrared light.
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Planets Can Form Around Hefty Stars - Jan. 6

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is helping scientists find evidence for planets around massive stars.
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Galaxy Exposes Its Dusty Inner Workings in New Spitzer Image - Jan. 5

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an action-packed picture of the nearby Small Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy that looks like a wispy cloud when seen from Earth.
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Centuries-Old Star Mystery Coming to a Close - Jan. 5

For almost two centuries, humans have looked up at a bright star called Epsilon Aurigae and watched with their own eyes as it seemed to disappear into the night sky, slowly fading before coming back to life again. Today, as another dimming of the system is underway, mysteries about the star persist. Though astronomers know that Epsilon Aurigae is eclipsed by a dark companion object every 27 years, the nature of both the star and object has remained unclear.
› JPL release


NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Five Exoplanets - Jan. 4

NASA's Kepler space telescope, designed to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of sun-like stars, has discovered its first five new exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system.
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