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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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Rare meteorite could uncover secrets to life on Earth

Scientists are set to discover the origins of oceans and life on Earth from a rare meteorite that dates back 4.5 billion years ago. vv
the space sector

Taught skills needed for the space sector

Mark Burchell, Emeritus Professor of Space Science, Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent, discusses the skills needed for the space sector and how HE is essential in contributing to this.
free-floating planet, no star

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.
water on the Moon

UK scientists join NASA’s mission to investigate water on the Moon

A team of UK scientists from the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) RAL Space and the Open University (OU) are collaborating on the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA mission to investigate the occurrence and behaviour of water on the Moon.
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".
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.
sustainable exploration in space

Sustainable exploration in space benefits humanity

James Carpenter, Exploration Science & Research Coordinator at the European Space Agency, speaks to Open Access Government about sustainable exploration in space and how this benefits humanity.
neutron star mergers, gravitational

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.
aliens earth, earth transit zone

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.
space development

Explore to realise: Space development in Japan

Here, Open Access Government charts the priorities of Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and its work in scientific understanding and technological development towards sustainable human space exploration.
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.
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.
discovering the universe

Astronomy: Discovering the Universe with cutting-edge technology

Saku Tsuneta, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, charts discoveries made about the Universe with cutting-edge technology in this fascinating astronomy focus.
brightness of night sky, light

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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