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Spitzer telescope puts planets in a petri dish

Spitzer telescope puts planets in a petri dish | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Our galaxy is teeming with a wild variety of planets. In addition to our solar system's eight near-and-dear planets, there are more than 800 so-called exoplanets known to circle stars beyond our sun.
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If astronomers could somehow pull planets out of the sky and analyze them in the laboratory, it might look something like this artistically altered image illustrating new research from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The infrared observatory allows astronomers to study closely the atmospheres of hot Jupiter planets -- those outside our solar system that orbit near the blistering heat of their stars.

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World's largest optical telescope gets construction approval

World's largest optical telescope gets construction approval | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
The world’s largest optical telescope got the go ahead for construction at Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
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The next-generation telescope, which uses a 30-meter (98 ft) segmented mirror promises to capture images from the near-ultraviolet to the mid-infrared wavelengths with unprecedented clarity.

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