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Spitzer Telescope Reveals the Precise Timing of a Black Hole Dance

The recently retired infrared observatory was the only telescope to spot a far-off flash of light that holds clues about the physical characteristics of these cosmic mysteries.

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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.
Telescope home page

Kepler Mission
The Kepler Mission will search for Earth-like planets with the "transit" method.
Kepler home page

Palomar Observatory
A joint effort between JPL and the California Institute of Technology, the Palomar Observatory houses a collection of famous telescopes.
Palomar home page

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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Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman removes Wide Field and Planetary Camera 1 The 'Camera That Saved Hubble'

In December 1993, the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) was installed on the Hubble Space Telescope to correct a devastating error in the telescope's primary mirror.

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope took this image of the California Nebula on Jan. 25, 2020 California Nebula Stars in Final Mosaic by NASA's Spitzer

The image composite is just one of hundreds that the infrared observatory produced during its 16 years in space.

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This artist's concept shows what exoplanet Kepler-1649c could look like Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planet Found Hidden in Early NASA Kepler Data

While the star it orbits is much smaller than our Sun, it gets about 75% of the sunlight Earth does. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory managed Kepler mission development.

Read more (Apr. 15)

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White smokers Underwater ‘White Smoker’ Vents: Is This Where Life Began?

Where did life originate on Earth? Could the process hold clues for finding life elsewhere?

Artist concept of Spitzer NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope: Unveiling the Universe

After 16 years of unveiling the infrared universe, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has left a singular legacy.

NEID NASA's New Planet Tracker, NEID

A new NASA-funded planet-hunting instrument has been installed on the WIYN telescope, on Arizona’s Kitt Peak.

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