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  • Spitzer Spies A Stellar Bubble Blower

    11.08.07 - A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a baby star 1,140 light-years away from Earth blowing two massive "bubbles."

  • To Catch a Galactic Thief

    10.22.07 - On Earth, thieves steal everything from diamonds to art to bags full of money. In space, gas - fuel for making stars - is a commodity worth the price of theft.

  • Google Sky Sees Many Wavelengths

    10.03.07 - New "far out" views of the distant universe from Spitzer, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer and other telescopes were released to Google Sky. Peter Eisenhardt and Leonidas Moustakas of JPL helped capture some of the images.

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  • Women's Hall of Fame Pick Spitzer Astronomer

    09.25.07 - National Women's Hall of Fame has selected a Spitzer Space Telescope astronomer to join its ranks. Judith Pipher of the University of Rochester, N.Y., helped develop Spitzer's infrared array camera, which continues to unveil the cosmos.

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  • Spitzer Celebrates 4th Anniversary

    08.24.07 - A newly expanded image of the Helix nebula lends a festive touch to the fourth anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

  • Planets with Four Parents? Spitzer Shows it's Possible

    07.24.07 - How many stars does it take to "raise" a planet?

  • Spitzer Searches for the Origins of Life

    06.13.07 - Astronomers suspect the early Earth was a very harsh place.

  • Spitzer Nets Thousands of Galaxies in a Giant Cluster

    05.29.07 - In record time, Spitzer has bagged more than a thousand previously unknown dwarf galaxies in a giant cluster of galaxies.

  • Baby Stars Hatching in Orion's Head

    05.17.07 - A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars "hatching" in the head of Orion, the famous hunter constellation visible from northern hemispheres during winter nights.

  • Spitzer Spies Jet-Setting Stars

    05.01.07 - Rainbow-colored jets in the cosmic cloud BHR 71 point to a celestial smash occurring 600 light-years away from Earth.

  • The Seven Sisters Pose for Spitzer - and for You!

    04.12.07 - The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades, seem to float on a bed of feathers in a new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Clouds of dust sweep around the stars, swaddling them in a cushiony veil.

  • Do Faraway Worlds Have Red Trees?  →

    04.11.07 - Research by scientists, including David Crisp of JPL, indicates foliage on other Earth-sized worlds could be mainly yellow, orange or red.

  • Mystery Spiral Arms Explained?

    04.10.07 - A quartet of space observatories, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, may have cracked a mystery surrounding ghostly galactic arms.

  • Snake on a Galactic Plane!

    10.27.06 - Something scary appears to be slithering across the plane of our Milky Way galaxy in this new Halloween image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

  • Asteroids, Comets, Planets: Cut From Same Cloth?

    10.10.06 - Could all of the asteroids, comets, and planets in our Milky Way galaxy be made of a similar mix of dusty components?

  • Amazing Andromeda Galaxy

    10.03.06 - The many "personalities" of our great galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, are exposed in this new composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

  • Story of Stellar Birth

    09.08.06 - This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals the complex life cycle of young stars

  • Black Hole Spills Kaleidoscope of Color

    07.21.06 - A new false-colored image from NASA's Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes shows a giant jet of particles that has been shot out from a quasar.

  • How to Bake a Galaxy

    06.15.06 - Start with lots and lots of dark matter, then stir in gas. Let the mixture sit for a while, and a galaxy should rise up out of the batter.

  • Spitzer Sees 9 Billion Years Back in Time

    03.21.06 - Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have conducted a cosmic safari to seek out a rare galactic species. Ultimately, the expedition resulted in quite a catch - the most distant galaxy cluster ever seen, located 9 billion light-years away.