A section of the so-called Christmas Tree Cluster captured by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/P.S. Teixeira (Center for Astrophysics) Newborn stars, hidden behind thick dust, are revealed in this image of a section of the so-called Christmas Tree Cluster from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The newly revealed infant stars appear […]

Composite image of the Orion Nebula, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space telescope. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech STScI Gaseous swirls of hydrogen, sulfur, and hydrocarbons cradle a collection of infant stars in this composite image of the Orion Nebula, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space telescope. […]

ANIMATION The Blue Ring Nebula, which perplexed scientists for over a decade, appears to be the youngest known example of two stars merged into one. In 2004, scientists with NASA’s space-based Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) spotted an object unlike any they’d seen before in our Milky Way galaxy: a large, faint blob of […]

This artist’s impression shows LTT 9779b near the star it orbits and highlights the planet’s ultra-hot (2000 Kelvin) day-side and its quite toasty night-side (around 1000 K). Credit: Ethen Schmidt A team led by an astronomer from the University of Kansas has crunched data from NASA’s TESS and Spitzer space telescopes to portray […]