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IRAC - Infrared Array Camera on the Spitzer Space Telescope

IRAC – Infrared Array Camera on the Spitzer Space Telescope

The Spitzer Space Telescope (formerly known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, or SIRTF) uses infrared technology to explore the universe.
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ESO telescope captures powerful images of nearby galaxies

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT) has captured new images of nearby galaxies, allowing scientists to locate the exact locations of young stars.
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Scientists find evidence of mysterious “free-floating” planets

Iain McDonald used NASA Kepler Space Telescope data to find evidence of a mysterious group of "free-floating" planets.
star cluster palomar 5, black holes

Astrophysicists discover something new in star cluster Palomar 5

New data suggests that there is a population of black holes in star cluster Palomar 5, which is "roughly three times larger than expected".
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UK creates £10,000 astrophysics award for female scientists

The £10,000 award, named after the noted Caroline Herschel, will be given to a UK or Germany-based female scientist who pushes the boundaries of astrophysics further.
expanding universe debate, hubble constant

Could the expanding universe debate be solved?

Astrophysicists have argued for ten years about the speed of the universe expanding - now, a study by Wendy Freedman at the University of Chicago finds that the standard model could be close to the truth.
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Scientists find first black hole-neutron star mergers

In a galaxy 900 million light-years away, there were two black hole-neutron star mergers - creating gravitational waves that hit Earth only in January, 2020.
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Scientists reveal that aliens may have seen Earth already

A team at Cornell University reveal that aliens, specifically located in 1,715 nearby star systems, could have already seen Earth by watching our planet cross the Sun.
einstein telescope, gravitational wave

Einstein Telescope: A unique chance for Europe

Nikhef Researcher Jo Van Den Brand takes us on a journey towards a European gravitational wave observatory with the establishment of Einstein Telescope.
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Physics: Unveiling the secrets of new particles

Here, Katri Huitu and Kenneth Österberg from the Helsinki Institute of Physics, Finland, discuss an important discovery of the Odderon and related activities of the Institute searching for the secrets of new particles and fundamental laws of Nature.
extra-solar planets, exoplanets

Probing the atmosphere of extra-solar planets

Senior Researcher Pierre-Olivier Lagage discusses how, after the detection of exoplanets, the characterisation of their atmosphere is the next step to understanding alien worlds.
measure dark matter, alternative gravity

Scientists find new way to measure dark matter

Scientists reveal that billions of stars at the centre of the Milky Way are spinning more slowly - they believe it is being counterweighted by dark matter, slowing by 24% since it was created.
planetary protection, space exploration

To boldly go where no germs will follow: The role of the COSPAR Panel...

The COSPAR Panel on Planetary Protection is working around the clock to ensure that space exploration is safe and sustainable, preventing both forward and backward contamination during missions.
venus 2030, NASA

NASA announces two missions to Venus for 2030

NASA have not visited Venus in 30 years - now, two new missions have been announced to launch in 2028-2030, with the aim of understanding how the once Earth-like planet became a "hothouse".
ACTRIS, atmosphere science

ACTRIS: Atmospheric observations for excellence in Earth science

Giulia Saponaro, ACTRIS Communication Officer, charts atmospheric observations to achieve excellence in Earth science.
microsecond big bang, quark-gluon plasma

Scientists explain what happened in first microsecond of Big Bang

A team from the University of Copenhagen say that they have identified a substance that was present in the first microsecond after the Big Bang.
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ALMA telescope finds oldest spiral morphology galaxy in existence

The ALMA telescope has located a galaxy with spiral morphology, which was created just 1.4 billion years after the Big Bang - this is the oldest ever recorded.
NASA fast radio bursts, galaxies

NASA reveal fast radio bursts coming from galaxies’ spiral arms

NASA reveal that the Hubble Space Telescope has located five, powerful fast radio bursts to the spiral arms of five galaxies.
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Scientists use new strategy to identify ‘alien’ life on other planets

When it comes to finding 'alien' life on other planets, scientists have a new theory - that extraterrestrial life is completely different to Earth-life, so finding biosignatures may not be as important as previously thought.
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Scientists measure natural brightness of night sky

The enigmatic brightness of the night sky is the subject of endless poems and songs, but how does it really look without light pollution?

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