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NASA's WFIRST Will Help Uncover the Universe's Fate

Here's how an upcoming NASA space observatory called the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) will help illuminate the cosmic puzzle known as dark energy.

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Witnessing a Planetary Wreckage

Witnessing a Planetary Wreckage

Astronomers were surprised to see these data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in January 2013, showing a huge eruption of dust around a star called NGC 2547-ID8. In this plot, infrared brightness is represented on the vertical axis, and time on the horizontal axis.

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Astrophysics Missions

Galaxy Evolution Explorer
Uses ultraviolet wavelengths to measure the history of star formation 80 percent of the way back to the Big Bang.
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Exoplanet
Updates, documents, and in-depth information about NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program.
Exoplanet web site

Keck Interferometer
Links two 10-meter (33-foot) telescopes, which form the world's most powerful optical telescope system.
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Kepler Mission
The Kepler Mission will search for Earth-like planets with the "transit" method.
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Palomar Observatory
A joint effort between JPL and the California Institute of Technology, the Palomar Observatory houses a collection of famous telescopes.
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PlanetQuest web site
The latest news, images, and information about NASA's search for exoplanets and another Earth.
PlanetQuest web site

Spitzer Space Telescope
Uses infrared technology to study celestial objects that are too cool, too dust-enshrouded or too far away to otherwise be seen.
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Voyager to the Outer Planets
Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 1 is now approaching interstellar space.
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Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE is mapping the entire sky in infrared light, uncovering the coolest stars, the universe's most luminous galaxies and some of the darkest near-Earth asteroids and comets.
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NASA Satellite Spots a Mystery That's Gone in a Flash

NASA's NuSTAR X-ray observatory saw a flash of light that could be produced only by an extremely energetic event. Scientists are investigating what could have caused the flare.

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Helix nebula Sixteen Images for Spitzer's Sweet 16

The NASA observatory has lifted the veil on the infrared universe and imaged a multitude of cosmic objects that can't be seen with the naked eye.

Read more (Aug. 27)

This artist's illustration depicts the exoplanet LHS 3844b NASA Gets a Rare Look at a Rocky Exoplanet's Surface

With a tight orbit around its parent star, the planet most likely has no atmosphere and is covered in volcanic rock, according to data from NASA's Spitzer telescope.

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Stars of Cepheus as Seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

Soar through this cosmic landscape filled with bright nebulas, as well as runaway, massive and young stars.

Galaxy 15 Years in Space: Spitzer Space Telescope

Initially scheduled for a 2.5-year primary mission, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has gone far beyond its expected lifetime -- and is still going strong after 15 years.

Four Years of NEOWISE Asteroid Data NEOWISE: Four Years of Asteroid and Comet Data

NASA's asteroid-hunting NEOWISE survey has observed or detected more than 29,000 asteroids in infrared light.

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