Spitzer observes the molecular cloud, NASA has released an impressive image of 600 light years, a massive stellar nursery in the constellations of North Perry. NASA has launched an impressive image of the molecular cloud of Perius, a giant nursery star cloud 600 light years away in the constellations of northern Perius, captured by the agency’s Spitzer space telescope.
- The infrared radiation of the hot powder produces a much greater brightness than what is seen here from the parasitic molecular cloud.
- Star clusters, like the bright spot on the left side of the image, produce even more infrared light and illuminate the surrounding clouds as the sun clouds in the sky at sunset.
- Very little dust seen here emits visible light and, therefore, is more clearly visible from infrared observatories such as Spitzer.
- To the right of the image is NGC 1333, a nebula reflected about 1,000 light years from Earth.
- The proximity and strong infrared emission of NGC 1333 seemed to astronomers as soon as possible using some infrared means.
- Many young stars in the object are sending massive material to space.
- As soon as the material is removed, it is heated and applied to the surrounding interstellar medium.
- These factors cause the jet to radiate radially, and can be seen in the foreground study of NGC 1333.
- An annotated version of the Spitzer image of the molecular cloud of Perseus.
- Other star clusters seen under NGC 1333 in this image have revealed a fascinating secret for astronomers: they include children, teenagers and stellar adults.
- The mixture of these compact times is very opposite. Although many star brothers can live in tight groups, the stars always grow and, as they grow, they move and fall apart.
- Discovering such a compact mix of apparent times does not fit with current ideas about how stars evolve.
- “This field tells astronomers that there is something we don’t understand about star formation,” said Dr. Astro, an astrophysicist at the NASA Infrared Science Archive at Caltech-IPAC. Louisa Ribul said.
- “The puzzle presented by this field is something that returns to astronomers. This is one of my favorite areas.
NASA’s main eye in the infrared sky will close on January 30, after operating the design more than three times.
North American Nebula
The North American nebula that is familiar to visual observers (above) when viewed in infrared wavelengths with Spitzer (below). Black clouds become transparent, and bright stars of dusty buds are more visible.
An era in astronomy will end on January 30, 2020. On this date, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope will send us its final observations, completing a remarkable exploration of the 16-year universe in infrared wavelengths. Spitzer is one of four large observatories, a quartet of space telescopes launched by NASA in the 1990s and to unveil the multivalence universe from infrared to gamma rays in the early 2000s. Originally known as the Infrared Telescope Installation Shuttle (SIRTF), the concept of the telescope came to light in 1971, when NASA was looking for payloads to fly on the space shuttle. In 1984, a free flight observatory transformed into an Earth orbiter, SIRTF underwent a series of (sometimes rigorous) refinancing in August 2003, before launching as a large observatory in a heliocentric orbit.
Although the public often lives in the Hubble (another great observatory) as the pinnacle of scientific discovery machines, astronomers already knew when planning Spitzer that at least detecting infrared wavelengths as visible waves was so much. Infrared radiation reveals a dusty cocoon of stars that pierces the vast molecular clouds of our galaxy. It also cosmicly dissolves distant galaxies. In addition, because the universe extends from distant galaxies to wavelengths of light, it is infrared, non-visible light, which allows us to look back on the first billion years of the universe.
However, when mission planners first wondered what Spitzer would do, no planet was known that orbited stars other than the Sun, and the farthest objects known 10 to 11 billion years ago in the past of the universe. They were now, Spitzer has not only seen exoplanets crossing in front of its stars, but has also detected its heat and brightness directly from the chemical components of its atmosphere. We felt that we were getting bold in the development of science programs, because after billions of years, Spitzer detected galaxies, because they were over 13 billion years old. In short, Spitzer greatly advanced our understanding of the universe.
- Spitzer spins behind the Earth in its support orbit, advancing with time.
- The space telescope worked with three instruments during its six-year cryogenic mission.
- During the subsequent “hot” and “beyond” phases of its mission, it has remained silent.
- Hiding in the shade of its solar panels, but can only use a device at this high temperature (around 27K).
- As the ship moved away from Earth, the angle between its observation orientation.
- And the data became more severe as it pointed its antennas towards Earth for the downlink.
- Solar panels would now have to bend away from the sun that mission planners designed to handle the ship.
The installation of the shuttle’s infrared telescope changed its name to Spitzer when the first scientific results were announced in December 2003. The name honored astronomer Lyman Spitzer, Jr., one of the first people to put a telescope in space in 1946, and that strongly pressed both NASA and Congress to develop a space telescope.
Spitzer originally observed medium to far infrared wavelengths ranging between 3.6 and 160 μm. For space sensitive infrared observations, telescopes and detectors are required to cool to a distance of absolute zero.
- The previous infrared instruments launched a cold, but the team took a different approach with Spitzer: SIRTF launched with most of the telescopes at room temperature.
- Then replaced the spacecraft so that its solar panels protect the telescope from sunlight.
- And let it cool to less than 40 kelvin (3233 ° C) by transferring its heat to a cool place.
- Radiant cooling is very effective in an auxiliary orbital orbit away from Earth’s brightness; Only after this initial cooling, the liquid helium cryogen was activated to reduce the detectors to less than 2K.
- After the cryogen supply was depleted in 2009, radiation cooling allowed Spitzer to continue the observations in its two shorter wavelength bands at 3.6 and 4.5 μm, with loss of sensitivity. This second phase is known as Spitzer’s hot mission.
- The inherent sensitivity of a cryogenic telescope in space, which allows access to the bright emission of the atmosphere or the entire free infrared spectrum of the telescope, allows the 33-inch Spitzer to be several times more sensitive than the 10-meter.
- Based telescopes that operate on the same wavelength. Spitzer devices took advantage of this advantage by filling their focal planes (what was then) with large-format detector assemblies.
- These matrices not only allowed efficient spectroscopy at wavelengths between 5 and 40 μm.
- But also allowed Spitzer to obtain both deep and rapid imaging studies in areas of vision greater than or equal to the angular size of the full moon.
- These capabilities provided astronomers with a valuable window to the universe, ranging from the formation of stars and the exoplanet to the evolution of galaxies in cosmic time.
Four of NASA’s main space telescopes watched from far infrared to gamma rays. The Compton gamma ray observatory closed in 2000; The Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory and the Gamma Fermi Space Telescope now patrol that spectral range.
The formation of stars and planets.
Although our Milky Way joined about 13 billion years ago, stars have formed throughout history since their early years, when the Sun and Earth formed about 4.6 billion years ago and today. We now understand that, in most cases, a star in formation gives rise to a planetary system.
- Infrared observations can look through dense clouds of interstellar dust, which are opaque at visible wavelengths.
- They can also record light emitted by objects that are too cold (below a few thousand degrees Kelvin) to produce visible visible light.
- Spitzer’s extensive studies on the formation and evolution of stars and planetary systems exploit both properties.
- Spitzer’s observations of wires placed in dusty gas (illustration, center) have generated many common compounds.
- The silicate minerals appear in the spectra of the protoplanetary disk (on the left, for the protostar HH46 IRS1).
- While we have a clear view of the hot interior regions surrounding the star in the face.
- Star birth begins when a part of a dense cloud of gas and dust between stars collapses under its own gravity.
The star in formation undergoes several stages, each of which has a distinct infrared appearance, initially driven by the energy released by the observed material and then by the onset of nuclear fusion. Even when the nucleus rises, develops like a star, conservation of angular momentum suggests that some collapsed clouds form a protoplanteric disk that orbits a star.
- Spitzer surveys have measured between hundreds and thousands of young stars in each of these stages.
- These observations have shown that the process of coagulation resulting from the planets begins a few million years after the formation of the disk.
- Spitzer has also seen the things we know as life depends on being absorbed in the creation of planetary systems.
- The spectra of the face-to-face protoplanetary disk show us hot gases rich in water vapor within the few central astronomical units around the protostar.
At the same time, when we look sideways through a cold disk, we see absorption due to silicate dust, as well as revealing firms of frozen water and other ions that condense on the cold surfaces of silicate grains. These frozen grains may one day participate in the formation of a habitable world.
The study of exoplanets is one of the most interesting fields of contemporary astrophysical research. Astronomers have detected only a few dozen exoplanets directly, because it is very difficult to see the light of a planet in the glow of a nearby host star. But exoplanets are so common that lies are seen in many orbits, passing first in front and then behind their stars from our point of view. This geometry gives Spitzer many ways to learn about the foreign world.
One of the best known examples of this work is the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system. After terrestrial observations hinting at a peculiar system, the 20-day Spitzer expedition captured seven Earth-sized planets in 2016, while crossing the face of the faint red star Trappist-1. Three of these exoplanets can be in the habitable zone of the star, where liquid water can be stably present on their surfaces.
The exact moment of Spitzer’s transit to these worlds allowed astronomers to determine if the gravitational pulls changed by the planets changed the exact moment each planet crossed in front of the star.
- The transformed time, in turn, revealed the mass of exoplanets. As is known from the radius of the planets how much they travel, because we also know the density of the world.
- This makes Trappist-1 perhaps the best characterized planetary system outside the solar system.
- Astronomers can also use Spitzer to study the heat signatures of planets. If a planet shines bright enough in the infrared.
- It will detect a small drop in the emission of the Spitzer system when it passes beyond its star, since the planet’s light is no longer visible.
- The depth of this eclipse tells us how much infrared radiation the planet emits.
- When combined with the size of the planet, this measure indicates the temperature of the planet.
- Spitzer has measured planets as hot as 3000K and as cold as 700K, but cannot reach Earth’s temperature, which is around 300K.
- Transit systems can also inform us about the atmosphere of exoplanets.
Spitzer measurements can be combined with observations at shorter wavelengths to study the structure of the exoplanet’s atmosphere and even to diagnose the presence of clouds or fog. Spitzer eclipse measurements in five infrared bands between 3.6 and 16 μm show that the GJ436B exoplanet, for example, has a much larger fraction of heavy elements in its gaseous environment than its host star. GJ436B is approximately the size of Neptune, which, interestingly, shows a similar increase in heavier elements in relation to the Sun.
When the 55 Canary E crosses in front of its star (in both diagrams of curve A, orbit and light), the shape of the depression reveals the diameter of the planet. When the planet goes behind the star, its infrared brightness (C) disappears, revealing its brightness. Together, the two deposits tell astronomers the temperature of the planet. However, the peak of the planet’s light curve (B) is compensated with respect to its eclipse, indicating that the hottest point is not in the middle of the day. This suggests that strong winds redistribute the heat of the stars across the planet.
In addition, we can study another aspect of a planet’s atmosphere by observing changes in its brightness in its orbit, as it shows us the different degrees of the side of its stars. This pattern, called the phase curve, shows how well the atmosphere redistributes the energy of the absorbed star. When astronomers turned the Spitzer phase curve into a map of the temperature distribution for the Jovian – Mass HD 189733b exoplanet, the map showed that the hottest point on this exoplanet is not at the point where the star is directly above. Instead, the access point travels about 30 degrees in length, presumably due to winds that move thousands of miles per hour before it can be irradiated. Spitzer has seen similar fluctuations on other planets, including 55 Canary Islands E. On the contrary, in the case of the recently discovered Super Land LHS 3844B, the absence of such compensation, combined with a drastic drop in night temperatures with respect to the day, shows that This exoplanet has the thinnest environment. It is. Although many telescopes have measured transits, Spitzer is almost alone in its ability to measure eclipses and phase curves.
- The previous discussion shows how scientists have used Spitzer and other telescopes to obtain remarkably detailed information about exoplanets, even if they were never observed directly.
- The architectures of these systems are different from our own solar system.
- In fact, if our eight family planets orbited a nearby star at equal distances around the Sun, most of the techniques used to date would not have interested them.
- However, there are notable similarities between our own solar system and exoplanetary systems.
- Systems with multiple planets are common. Silicate materials often resemble those seen in comets, such as Hel-Bop and Tempel.
- Many systems show evidence of two bands of circumstantial dust, which are almost zero amount of dust and wells in the internal solar system.
- Appear Away In at least one case, the four giant planets orbit around Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in the area between these two belts.
Neptune is between the two belts of the solar system. Finally, collisions between asteroids 100 km in size in the system, as a result of a temporary increase in the orbit of dust stars, are models of the violent events that shape the internal planets of our system.
Therefore, the evolution of the universe has in many cases led to conditions similar to those of our own system, including conditions that may be compatible with the development of life.
Spitzer has also looked beyond the stars and exoplanets of our own galaxy, reaching billions of galaxies in the universe. Understanding how galaxies form and evolve is a key question in astrophysics for many decades. Infrared observations have been applied to this question in two different domains: low and high redshift. This domain is divided into a redshift of 3 according to the retrospective time of approximately 11.5 billion years.
With a great advantage over previous missions in image sensitivity, mainly 24 μm, and its substantial spectroscopic capacity, Spitzer has investigated bright infrared galaxies in the last 11.5 billion years of the universe.
- For these galaxies, any infrared emission at wavelengths greater than 5 μm is typically a warm glow of dust heated by young stars.
- This radiation is an indicator of the number of young stars, and from this brightness we can determine the rate of star formation.
- Combined with multidimensional data from other devices, these results suggest that the star formed in the universe between 2.3 and 3.8 billion years after the Big Bang.
- It has been declining since then. Astronomers have largely referred to this period of meaningless stars like noon.
- Many distant dust-wrapped galaxies we see are weak at visible wavelengths, even when they explode in infrared.
- Looking back in time, the concentration of galaxies that are strangely bright in the infrared sky.
- These systems are driven primarily by the formation of vigorous stars, with hundreds to thousands of solar gases converted into wires each year.
- The sparkles of stars are almost completely obscured by dust.
- Therefore, the most active period of star formation in the universe is largely hidden in visible light and is only accessible with infrared observations.
For more distant galaxies, those with 6 or more (or retrospective times of 12.5 billion years or more), the light of the galaxy is so diffused that Spitzer cannot detect the brightness of the dust heated by the stars. For a red-shifting galaxy 6, an observation wavelength of 4.5 μm corresponds to an emitted wavelength of 0.64 μm, which is located on the red edge of the visible band. Therefore, for the high redshifts, Spitzer does not tell us about the thermal emission of galaxies, but about the light they see.
- This visible light comes from older stars in galaxies.
- Because these old stars dominate the stellar population of a galaxy.
- We can use its light to measure the total mass of stars in the galaxy.
- Astronomers can compare Spitzer’s observations by Hubble or terrestrial instruments to extrapolate the ages of stars that produce ultraviolet.
- And visible light republished in the Spitzer domain from the expanses of the universe.
- The observations of one of those galaxies to the red shift of 9.11 indicate that the stars are about 300 million years old.
Since the Milky Way is observed at an interval of 13.2 billion years, the result suggests that the galaxy had an episode of star formation about 300 million years after the Big Bang.
These observations allow Spitzer to measure the evolution of galaxies in two ways: how much mass of galaxies it has at a given time and measuring how fast the galaxies grow forming stars. Compared to what we expect star mass to be based on birth rates, the observations we make produce a satisfactory confluence of more than 12 billion years of cosmic history. A strong agreement suggests that with Spitzer, Hubble and large terrestrial telescopes, we are developing an accurate picture of the evolution and evolution of galaxies in the universe.
Delving into the past
- The basic tool used to search for galaxies with high redshift is the Liman abandonment technique (S&T: April 2018, p. 14).
- This method uses the fact that neutral hydrogen atoms ionize by absorbing photons with wavelengths less than 0.09 μm.
- Then, the universe, which suffers from neutral hydrogen gas, is effectively opaque to such photons.
- Therefore, if an image obtained at 0.5 μm represents a galaxy that is not seen at 0.4 μm, we infer that the redistributed wavelength of hydrogen ionization falls between the two bands, at approximately 0.45 μm.
- From there, we can calculate that the galaxy has a redshift of approximately 4.
- Each circle of this combined visible and infrared image has a red-displaced galaxy of more than 7 that corresponds to a retrospective time of approximately 13 billion years.
- The box is a Spitzer image of one of the galaxies. The main image is part of the sky near the Draco-Ursa Major range, and most of the objects in the image are galaxies.
Astronomers trace the history of star formation in 13 billion years (above). Starbirth reached the top of the universe about 10 billion years ago. When they combine all star formation over time, astronomers can make massive estimates of the universe in stars (black line, bottom graph), and this inference from observations of galaxy accumulation (data points, graphs below) ). Agree Density decreases as we look back in time because then fewer stars formed.
- This broad search scope is now ending. Faced with a limited group of funds, NASA has chosen to withdraw Spitzer because the high operating costs inherent in its mission design made it less attractive than other operational missions competing for similar funds. They were living.
- As Spitzer was taking a great leap of capacity as before, he was able to advance in astrophysical exploration during the last decade and a half. It is a constant lesson from the technological advances that drove astrophysics since the end of World War II.
- We saw this with the first infrared missions, with space observatories, with twin telescopes, and in Chile with the very large telescope Quartet, along with a myriad of other devices, all of which, in one way or another, probed.
- They have investigated the secrets of the infrared universe. Without a doubt, we will continue to see this with future terrestrial and space telescopes, with the next important infrared installation, the James Webb space telescope, which will be launched in 2021.
- Although Spitzer sent its final data to Earth at the end of January 2020, the spacecraft will be sent to a safe orientation and shut down, allowing it to move silently towards Earth’s orbit. As we say goodbye, we anxiously observe the wonders of the universe revealed by Spitzer, discovered by future visionaries.
- The wings of the STELLAR NURSERY COSMIC BUTTERFLY W40 are dusty, material rich in organic matter, which is extracted by the young group of stars in the heart of the nebula. This infrared mosaic combines four Spitzer images.
The farthest Galaxy Spitzer can see
Spitzer’s redshift range is currently set in heroic observations by Pascal Oesch (now University of Geneva) and 11.1 redshift by his colleagues in a galaxy. Spitzer observations at 4.5 μm required approximately 70 hours of detection. We see this galaxy when the universe was only 3% of its current age.
Werner and Peter Eisenhardt offer a more complete description of Spitzer Science in More things in the sky: how infrared astronomy is expanding our vision of the universe. Princeton University Press, 2019 (see book review on page 57).
This article first appeared in the January 2020 issue of Sky & Telescope with the title “Spitzer Legacy”
NASA's infrared telescope says goodbye after 16 years of operation
NASA’s infrared telescope says goodbye after 16 years of operation: The Spitzer infrared space telescope, considered one of NASA’s four “big observatories,” will close on January 31 after a 16-year run.
- Examine some of the first galaxies seen so far, show how they evolved and formed stars, and separated the components of the exoplanet’s atmosphere.
- And at the end of the tour-de-force, he discovered a group of planets the size of the Earth around a nearby star.
- “It’s on a high note, producing great science until the end,” says Lisa Story-Lombardi, who worked on the mission for 20 years and now runs the Las Combres Observatory.
- Spitzer is sensitive to infrared light, photons are emitted by the glow of hot objects.
- Stars do not dominate in Spitzer images. Instead, the telescope observes the brightness of the galaxies and gas clouds found in the stars.
- It is also conducive to finding the furthest objects in the universe, whose light has extended from the expansion of the universe to infrared wavelengths.
- Earth’s atmosphere blocks most of the infrared light, so space telescopes are essential.
- A pair of infrared satellites preceded it, but Spitzer had the largest mirror (85 cm), more sophisticated equipment and state-of-the-art infrared sensors.
- However, this is not an easy trip in the classroom.
- Originally, the space shuttle should have taken it during one-month observation missions, before the 1986 Challenger disaster caused a rethinking.
- After several redesigns, it was launched in 2003 on a Delta II rocket.
- He was the last of the great observatories to launch after the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Compton gamma-ray Observatory.
- An innovation of Spitzer was passive cooling. Any hot object shines in bright infrared, including the Sunloc telescope, so it should cool down.
The previous missions were completely cooled with a limited supply of cryogenic liquid. But Spitzer used passive methods (reflective materials and radiators) to cool most of the spacecraft to 40 Kelvin to expel heat into space. It maintained a small supply of liquid helium to cool mirrors and equipment to 12 Kelvin or 5 Kelvin, depending on the equipment being used. Thomas Soifer, of the California Institute of Technology and director of the Spitzer Science Center, said “it is inefficient to make the mission fundamentally very profitable.”
- Another innovation was to put Spitzer in an orbit around the Sun, orbiting the Earth.
- The Earth and the Moon are bright sources of infrared light, so the distant access facilitated the cooling of the spacecraft. In addition, the Earth blocked less of the sky.
- Perform a very simple operation, says Soifer.
With a wide field of vision and fast mapping speeds, Spitzer soon imagined entire galaxies and entire regions of star formation. This created a 360 ° panorama of the Milky Way plane, which took thousands of hours to rebuild. An unexpected potential was the study of exoplanets, which was not discovered when Spitzer was designed. “The creative [astronomy] community said to try it, and it was incredibly successful,” says Soifer.
- Spitzer led the study of the hot Jupiter, gas giants that orbit very close to their stars.
- After passing through the front of that planet and then behind its star.
- When Spitzer researchers see it, Spitzer researchers can estimate the temperature of the planet and even map the temperature distribution on its surface.
- He was also able to discover some exoplanet atmosphere compositions by the revealing frequencies of light that these molecules absorb when starlight passes through the gases.
- When the helium coolant dried up in 2009, Spitzer’s team realized that one of their three devices could still do valuable science at high temperatures of 28 Kelvin.
- During this “Warm mission,” Spitzer stood out in the study of distant objects.
- Working as a team with Hubble (near his thirtieth birthday), Spitzer researchers have collected light from galaxies that were present for less than half a billion years after the Big Bang.
- How they could be done so fast remains a mystery.
- No one would have guessed that these medium-sized telescopes could measure light and degrade the properties of the galaxy, says Soifer.
- But an unexpected discovery of exoplanets became the highlight of Spitzer’s last years.
- TRAPPIST-1 is a star not much larger than Jupiter 39 light years from Earth.
- It is an ultrafresque red dwarf that shines at the perfect wavelength for Spitzer.
- In 2016, a small ground telescope detected bright falls due to the transit of three small planets in front of the star, but astronomers were more skeptical.
- Michael Gillon, from the University of Liège, asked Spitzer to follow the time and was given 25 hours to discover a system of seven heavily charged planets.
- This is a very, very special example of what you can do with a class that can last a long time, says Soifer.
And now is the time to say goodbye. In a 2016 review of operational missions, NASA said Spitzer should continue to operate at least while the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is also watching, in operation, in infrared. But JWST was still late. When its launch was delayed until 2021, NASA asked Spitzer for time. Soifer believes that Spitzer could do more, “but I’ve made peace with that,” he says.
Storri-Lombardi says that everything will be impressed by JWST’s spectral capabilities, but says it lacks Spitzer’s wide vision mapping capabilities. Meanwhile, infrared astronomers must be patient. There will be a difference there, she says.
Supernova Remnant HGH 3
The supernova HBH3 remnant glows with infrared light in this photo of NASA’s Spitzer space telescope. Infrared light with a wavelength of 3.6 μm is shown in blue, while low energy infrared light with a wavelength of 4.5 μm is shown in red. Spitzer captured this image in May 2010 and NASA launched it on August 2, 2018.
- Red stripes of red gas emanating from an ancient starburst branch of the universe in this amazing new photograph of NASA’s Spitzer space telescope.
- This supernova remnant, known as HBH3, is one of the largest in the Milky Way galaxy and measures approximately 150 light years.
- It is also one of the oldest; NASA officials said in a statement that the star that exploded to create this cosmic show did it 80,000 to 1 million years ago.
- HBH 3 was first detected in 1966 by scientists using a radio telescope, which allows astronomers to look through interstellar dust and see low-frequency radiation that is not visible to the human eye.
- The Spitzer space telescope sees the universe in infrared light, which has a higher energy than radio waves but is still outside the visible spectrum. [Gallery: infrared universe scene by the Spitzer telescope]
- The remains of HBH3 supernova shine with visible light. NASA officials said: “The branches of the shiny material are the most likely molecular gases, which were hit by a shock wave generated by the supernova.” “The energy of the explosion energized the molecules and made them radiate infrared light.”
- Together with the supernova remnant, the image shows parts of some blurred white clouds known as W3, W4 and W5. These regions form a large complex of molecular clouds in the constellation Cassiopeia.
- To create this image of HBH3 and its surrounding clouds, the researchers mapped the Spitzer Space Telescope data by providing color to two types of infrared light emitted by the field. Infrared light with a wavelength of 3.6 μm is shown in blue, while low energy infrared light with a wavelength of 4.5 μm is shown in red.
- The clouds of W3, W4 and W5 appear white because they emit both wavelengths of light, but the supernova remnant appears red because it emits only 4.5 μm infrared light.
- NASA’s Fermi gamma ray telescope also detected high-energy gamma rays from the cloudy region around HBH 3. “This emission may come from gas in one of the neighboring star-forming regions, excited by powerful particles emitted by supernovae.
15 of Spitzer’s greatest discoveries in space for 15 years
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spent 15 years in space. In honor of this anniversary, Spitzer’s 15 greatest discoveries are painted in a gallery.
Launched on August 25, 2003, in Solar Orbit, the Spitzer crawls behind the Earth and slowly moves away from our planet. Spitzer was the end of the four great NASA observatories to reach space. Starting with a minimum primary mission of 2.5 years, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has gone well beyond its expected lifespan.
Weather map in First Exoplanet, weather map in Exoplanet
Spitzer detects infrared light, often emitted by hot objects such as heat radiation. While Spitzer’s mission designers never planned to use the observatory to study planets beyond our solar system, their infrared vision has proven to be an invaluable tool in the region.
In May 2009, the scientists who used Spitzer’s data produced the first “meteorological map” of an exoplanet: a planet that orbits a star that is not the Sun. This meteorological map of exoplanets changed the temperature on the surface of a planet gas giant, HD 189733b. In addition, studies have shown that roaring winds scourge the planet’s atmosphere. The image above shows an artist marking the planet.
Hidden cradles of newborn stars
Infrared light can, in most cases, penetrate clouds of gas and dust better than visible light. As a result, Spitzer has provided unprecedented views in the areas where stars are born. This image of Spitzer sees the newborn stars peeking out from under their blankets of dust in a tearful black cloud.
Called “Roe Off” by astronomers, this cloud is one of the closest star-forming regions of our own solar system. Located near the constellations of Scorpius and Ophiuchus in the sky, the nebula is about 410 light years from Earth.
A growing galactic metropolis, growing galactic metropolis
In 2011, astronomers who used Spitzer detected a very distant collection of galaxies called COSMOS-AzTEC3. From this group of galaxies, light traveled more than 12 billion years to reach Earth.
Astronomers think that such objects, called proto-clusters, eventually evolve into clusters of modern galaxies, or groups of galaxies linked by gravity. COSMOS-AzTEC3 was the most remote proto-cluster of the time. This gives researchers a better idea of how galaxies have formed and evolved in the history of the universe.
When NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft intentionally crashed into Comet Temple 1 on July 4, 2005, it ejected a cloud containing the contents of the “soup,” the key element of our solar system. By combining Deep Impact data with Spitzer observations, astronomers analyzed that soup and began to identify the ingredients that eventually produced planets, comets and other bodies in our solar system.
Many components identified in comet dust were known as comet elements, such as comets or sand. But there were also amazing ingredients, such as clay, carbonates (found in seashells), compounds that contain iron and aromatic hydrocarbons found in barbecue grills and car leaks on Earth. The study of these components provides valuable clues about the formation of our solar system.
Large-scale photographs of Saturn’s amazing ring system have been taken, but the largest ring on the planet has not been found in those images. The intelligent structure is a diffuse collection of particles that orbit Saturn away from any other known ring. The ring begins about six million kilometers (3.7 million miles) from the planet. It is approximately 170 times wider than the diameter of Saturn, and approximately 20 times thicker than the diameter of the planet. If we can see the ring with our eyes, it will be twice the size of a full moon in the sky.
One of Saturn’s farthest moons, Phoebe, is the source of the circles inside the ring and possibly its contents. The relatively small number of particles in the ring does not show much light, especially in the orbit of Saturn, where sunlight is weak, so it remained hidden for so long. Spitzer was able to detect flashes of cold dust in the ring, which have a temperature of minus 316 degrees Fahrenheit or minus 193 degrees Celsius, which is 80 Kelvin.
Buckyball in space
Buckyballs are spherical carbon molecules with a hexagonal-pentagon pattern observed on the surface of a soccer ball. However, the name Buckyball is similar to geodesic domes designed by architect Buckminster Fuller. These spherical molecules belong to a class of types of molecules known as herminsterulfularity, or fullerenes, which have applications in medicine, engineering and energy storage.
Spitzer was the first telescope to identify buckyballs in space. He discovered the material surrounding a dying star or planetary nebula known as Tc 1 .. The star in the center of Tc 1 was once similar to our Sun, but as it grew older, its outer layers slid, leaving it alone. Dense white dwarf stars. Astronomers believe that reindeer horns were made up of layers of carbon that flew from the stars. Follow-up studies that use Spitzer data have helped scientists learn more about the prevalence of these unique carbon structures in nature.
Smashup of the solar system
Spitzer has found evidence of several rocky collisions in the distant solar system. These types of collisions were common in the early days of our own solar system, and played a role in the formation of planets.
In a special series of observations, Spitzer identified an explosion of dust around a young star that could be the result of a clash between two large asteroids. The scientists were already observing the system when the explosion occurred, marking the first time scientists collected data on a system before and after one of these dusty explosions.
The first “taste” of the exoplanet atmosphere
In 2007, Spitzer became the first telescope to directly detect molecules in the exoplanet’s atmosphere. The scientists used a technique called spectroscopy to identify chemical molecules in two different gas exoplanets.
These are composed of the so-called “hot jupiter” gases (instead of rock), but they are much closer to their Sun than the gas planets in our own solar system. The direct study of the composition of the exoplanet atmosphere was one important step towards the possibility of detecting signs of life in a rocky exoplanet. The concept of the previous artist shows how one of these hot jupiter could be.
Supermassive black holes lurk in the core of most galaxies. The scientists who used Spitzer identified two of the farthest supermassive black holes ever discovered, which provides insight into the history of galaxy formation in the universe.
Galactic black holes are usually surrounded by structures of dust and gas that feed and sustain them. These black holes and the discs that surround them are called quasars. The light of two quasars detected by Spitzer traveled 13 billion years to reach Earth, which means that they formed less than a billion years after the birth of the universe.
In 2010, Spitzer helped scientists locate one of the most remote planets, located some 13,000 light years away from Earth. Previously known exoplanets are about 1,000 light years from Earth. The previous figure shows these relative distances.
Spitzer performed this task with the help of a terrestrial telescope and a planet search technique, called microlens. This approach is based on a phenomenon called gravitational lens, in which light is folded and increased by gravity. When a star passes in front of a more distant star, as seen from Earth, the gravity of the foreground star can double and amplify the background star’s light. If a planet orbits the star in the foreground, the gravity of the planet can contribute to the increase and leave a distinctive mark on the enlarged light.
The discovery provides another clue for scientists who want to find out if the planetary population is the same in different regions of the galaxy, or if it is different from what is seen in our local neighborhood.
First light of an exoplanet
Spitzer was the first telescope to directly observe the light of a planet outside our solar system. Previously, exoplanets looked only indirectly. This achievement marked the beginning of a new era in the science of exoplanets and marked an important milestone in the journey towards locating possible signs of life in the rocky exoplanet.
Two studies published in 2005 reported the direct observation of hot infrared radiation from two previously identified “hot jupiter” planets, designated HD 209458b and TrES-r1. The hot Jupiter are gas giants similar to Jupiter or Saturn, but they are extremely close to their mother stars. With their toasted orbit, they absorb enough stars and shine in infrared wavelengths.
Open small asteroids
Spitzer’s infrared vision allows you to study some of the furthest objects ever discovered. But this space observatory can also be used to study small objects near Earth. In particular, Spitzer has helped scientists identify and study near-Earth asteroids (NEA). NASA monitors these objects to ensure that none of them are in the way of collision with our planet.
Spitzer is particularly useful for characterizing the correct size of NIAS, since it detects infrared light transmitted directly from the asteroids. In comparison, asteroids do not radiate visible light, but only reflect it from the Sun; As a result, visible light can reveal how reflective an asteroid is, but not necessarily how big it is. Spitzer has been used to study several NEAs that are less than 110 yards (100 m) wide.
Unprecedented map of the milky way
In 2013, scientists compiled more than 2 million Spitzer images collected over 10 years to create one of the most complete maps of the Milky Way galaxy so far. The map data comes mainly from the Extraordinary Project 360 of the Survey of the Medium Plan of the Galactic Legacy (GLIMPSE360).
It is a challenge to see the Milky Way because dust blocks visible light, as if entire regions of the Milky Way were hidden from view. But infrared light can often penetrate dustier regions than visible light, and can reveal hidden segments of the galaxy.
Studies of the Milky Way galaxy using Spitzer data have provided scientists with better maps of the galaxy’s spiral structure and the central “bar” of stars. Spitzer has helped discover new remote star formation sites, and has revealed an excess of carbon in the galaxy than expected. The GLIMPSE360 map continues astronomers in our exploration of our home galaxy.
Spitzer has made important contributions to the study of the first galaxies in history. The light of these galaxies takes billions of years to reach Earth, so scientists see them as if they were billions of years ago. The farthest galaxies observed by Spitzer scattered their light about 13.4 billion years ago, or less than 400 million years after the birth of the universe.
One of the most surprising discoveries in this field of research was the discovery of “big baby” galaxies, or those that were much larger and more mature than those made by scientists who thought they could be early-forming galaxies. Scientists believe that larger modern galaxies are formed through the gradual fusion of smaller galaxies. But the “big baby” galaxies showed that massive collections of stars entered history a long time ago.
Seven planets the size of the Earth around a single star
The seven planets the size of the Earth know the orbit as TRAPPIST-1. The largest batch of Earth-sized planets has been discovered in a single system, this amazing planetary system has inspired scientists and non-scientists alike. The three planets sit in a “habitable zone” around the star, where the temperature may be correct to support liquid water on the surface of a planet. The discovery represents an important step in the search for life beyond our solar system.
The scientists observed the TRAPPIST-1 system with Spitzer for more than 500 hours to determine how many planets orbit the star. The infrared vision of the telescope was ideal for studying the TRAPPIST-1 star, which is much colder than our Sun. The scientists observed faint falls in the light of the stars when seven planets passed by. Spitzer’s observations have allowed scientists to learn about the size and mass of these planets, which can be used to compress planets that may be formed by planets.
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JPL administers the Spitzer Space Telescope Mission to the NASA Scientific Mission Directorate, Washington. Scientific operations are carried out at the Caltech Spitzer Science Center in Pasadena. The spacecraft operates at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colorado. The data is stored in the Infrared Science Archive hosted at IPAC in Caltech. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. For more information about Spitzer ..
When astronomer writer Lisa Grossman and physics writer Emily Conover predicted in 2018 that the Event Horizon Telescope, or EHT, would soon capture the image of Sagittarius A * in a black hole in the center of the Milky Way, they were half correct. The first image of EHT came in 2019, but it was from a black hole in the center of the M87 galaxy. Grossman and Conover cross their fingers so Dhanu has his great moment in A * 2020.
Another cosmic inmate, Dark Matter, may also appear in 2020. The experiment, the LUX-Zeplin, or LZ, located in an old gold mine in South Dakota, would begin its search for WIMP, which would weaken weak particles. These still theoretical particles “have been preferred candidates for the interpretation of dark matter,” says Conover. Other searches have failed, but LZ will be 20 times more sensitive than previous WIMP searches.
Grossman looks forward to the mid-year launch of two missions to Mars: NASA Mars 2020 and Exomars, a joint mission of the European Space Agency and the Russian space agency Roskosmos. Mission explorers will look for signs of past lives. NASA’s exploration robots will also collect rocks for collection on a possible future mission that will bring pieces of the red planet to Earth.
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Meanwhile, physics writer Maria Teming is preparing for a more distant visitor. This year, astronomers identified the second interstellar object known in the solar system.., which appears to be a comet. (The first visitor, or Oumuamua, was seen in 2017). Estimates suggest that such guests should show up once a year, says Teming.
Biomedical writer Amy Cunningham expects results of a clinical trial of a male contraceptive pill. A preliminary test found that the hormonal pill is safe and suppresses the level of hormones required for sperm production…. The new study will evaluate how well the pill works.
A potential medicine for Alzheimer’s disease called educanumab may be close to your approval. The pharmaceutical company Biogen is expected to sell the drug to the US. UU. Request the approval of the Food and Drug Administration: “a movement that promises to be controversial given the past of the drug,” says neuroscience writer Laura Sanders.
Aducanumab came to our list of the top 10 in 2016 after preliminary studies suggested that the drug would clean the beta-amyloid plaque seen in Alzheimer. But the subsequent results were disappointing, until recently it was reported that the highest dose of the drug appeared to be a slow decrease.
Direct genetic testing companies can cause their own controversy, predicts molecular biology writer Tina Heasman Say. Saey says that many of these companies, such as Ancestry DNA, are expanding their services to provide more health information, and the FDA can ban such information.
Behavioral science writer Bruce Bower expects molecular biology to play a more important role in human development studies. Increasingly, researchers complement the study of ancient DNA extracted from hominid fossils with analysis of extracted proteins, which preserve fossils better in fossilized bones and teeth than DNA, he says. Like DNA, protein can help identify new species and uncontrolled evolutionary relationships.
Science And Politics
2020 will be a great year for science and politics. The US Census UU. It is presented online for the first time, and field workers are moving to the homes of those who do not respond, they will give their answers on smartphones. The social science writer Sujata Gupta thinks how this will happen. “Many people still lack reliable Internet access, so won’t it be counted enough? And between what? What about cyber attack? “
The impact of wildlife policy is on the minds of biological science writers Susan Millius and Jonathan Lambert. As the UN decision on biodiversity comes to an end in 2020, a draft report says that the world does not meet most of the goals of the decade. You are ready to see how experts register. For Lambert, the way President Donald Trump’s government changes the Endangered Species Law.
The impact of wildlife policy is on the minds of biological science writers Susan Millius and Jonathan Lambert. As the UN decision on biodiversity comes to an end in 2020, a draft report says that the world does not meet most of the goals of the decade. You are ready to see how experts register. For Lambert, the way President Donald Trump’s government changes the Endangered Species Act of the United States in August raises questions about the future of some species.
Brown bears benefit from conservation under the Endangered Species Act of America. Changes in the way the law is implemented may limit the protection of species. Earth and climate writer Carolyn Gramling says: “The world can glimpse people committed to climate change.” In 2015, the signed Paris climate treaty agreed to keep global warming below 2 ° C by 2100 in relation to pre-industrial levels.
But we don’t receive the current promises of carbon reduction there. In December 2020, countries must present updated emission targets. The United States will leave the agreement in November 2020, but that month’s presidential elections in the United States can determine whether the country re-enters the treaty in 2021.
4 areas of innovative science that can define 2020: 2020 in red letters on four cogwheels with white numbers.
2020 can be a large-scale year in innovative science and here are four themes that will define the next decade.
For those of us of a certain age, to say that the year 2020 seems a distant future, however, here we are going to monitor the second decade of the 21st century.
The world of science-technology reflects this path, with politics moving in unexpected and strange directions. On the one hand, we have technology in our hands that gives us communication tools that we could only see a few decades ago. But, on the other hand, our insatiable demand for material to manufacture these devices has brought our planet to its knees.
So what does the future hold for science fiction and what should we expect to see in the coming months and years? These are some themes that I think will appear in the headlines of the new ‘Roaring Biswan Dasha’.
Some may look back at the suggestion that nuclear fusion is a possibility, the same during our lives. If larger payments are achieved, the immense power of the Sun within the contained reactor would be exploited.
This will give humanity a source of clean, economical and safe energy that current renewable technologies can achieve. However, this is not a new science, and it is only 20 years away ‘for more than half a century’.
However, research and funding in this area have increased dramatically in the last one or two years, to the point that the team is achieving more and more stable plasma reactions within the reactors. Other teams found ways to make them more profitable to manufacture and found that a common metal addition could play an important role in this development.
The European Investment Bank certainly does not see Fusion as an impossible dream, as it recently pumped 250m into an experimental underground water reactor that is being built in Italy. Similarly, the United Kingdom recently announced plans to build a new nuclear fusion research facility of £ 22 million. Then, of course, there is the international thermonuclear experimental reactor based in France, which plans to launch the first experiment in 2025.
Will nuclear fusion be achieved next year? No, but the key that opens the door to your success may come.
Google recently claimed that it had achieved “quantum supremacy” by completing a calculation in three minutes and 20 seconds that a traditional supercomputer could not complete in less than 10,000 years.
With traditional computers built for people and avoiding qubits with zeros, which can be one, zero or both at the same time, quantum computing is considered as influential in medical care and research as the Internet when it is first viewed.
However, while IBM and others have dismissed Google’s claims as exaggerated, this year has seen a glimpse of successes in the field, suggesting that 2020 may be the “Apollo moment.”
For example, in July, researchers from Purdue University and the University of Rochester demonstrated their method of transferring information by moving the position of electrons. Meanwhile, researchers at Dartmouth College and MIT found a way to make these computers quieter, making their computing speeds more accurate.
If the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is correct, then we have more than a decade to save the planet from a catastrophe. This alarming announcement last year was not a catalyst for researchers to start taking climate research seriously, but it became a rocket that accelerated new discoveries.
- The next decade of climate research will be defined in two ways: understanding how our planet is changing and what our priorities should be; And find ways to reduce the damage we have suffered.
- More recently, we learned that due to drastic changes in the soil due to the onset of the climate crisis, rice yields can be reduced by almost half. A team of researchers at Stanford University cultivated rice in the ‘future soil’, which is similar to a planet rich in CO2. However, with this understanding, there is hope that rice varieties can understand these changes.
- There are also people who are working on ways to drastically reduce our largest emissions producers, such as an international team that proposed a way to feed the refrigerator with the twisting of elastic bands.
Of course, geoengineering is the highly anticipated issue, an attempt to fundamentally change how our planet behaves to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Should we focus on treating where our emissions occur or also find ways to recover what we have already done? 2020 will master these questions.
Some years have passed, when small groups of small palindromic repetitions are routinely ejected or CRISPR-Cas9 in you and me, the scene, promising a device that can detect harmful DNA mutations like a scissor. It can be cut Now, still in its infancy, it is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons because a Chinese researcher is bad to use it on his embryo.
This has alarmed the scientific community about its potential use in humans when so little is understood about the long-term consequences. But things are changing. More recently, Wired reported a research team with a decent CRISPR, which is low error. Meanwhile, another team captures 3D images at the atomic level of Cas9 before and after cutting the DNA, giving us an idea of what is happening in the edition.
Other uses for CRISPR are also visible, particularly with a team that has developed its own version, called ‘ECRPPR’. It is a universal medical device of biosensor attention point, similar to existing blood glucose sensors, for the accurate and rapid detection of viruses such as human papillomavirus or parvovirus.
With new CRISPR dedicated companies to increase the frequency and peer-reviewed ethical human trials that already publish results, 2020 could be a decisive year for gene editing tools.
2020 will see an important invasion of Mars in the form of several spacecraft, including three astronauts, the head of the Red Planet. NASA will launch its Mars 2020 rover, which will roll back rock samples on a future mission and will feature a small detachable drone. China will send its first landing module to Mars, Huxing-1, which will deploy a small rover. A Russian spacecraft will deliver a rover from the European Space Agency (ESA) to the Red Planet, if problems with landing parachutes can be resolved. And the United Arab Emirates will send an orbiter to the first mission to Mars of an Arab country.
$ 2.4 billion plan to steal a rock from Mars
Closer to home, China plans to send the Chang-5 samples return mission to the moon. And in other parts of the solar system, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission is due to the Ryugu asteroid that returns samples to Earth, and NASA’s OSIRIS-REx will cut a part of its own asteroid, Bennu.
Great sky, big data
After a media presentation created by its own image of a supermassive black hole in the center of the Messier 87 galaxy in 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration hopes to launch new results, this time over the black hole in the center of the Via Milky It can include several images and even a movie that revolves around the gas around Behmoth, called Dhanu.
Later in the year, ESA’s Gaia mission will update its 3D map of the Milky Way, which has clearly changed the way scientists understand the structure and evolution of the Galaxy. And in 2019, gravity wave astronomers will reveal the celebrations of cosmic collisions that created space-time waves. These include several mergers of black holes, but there was already an invisible collision of a black hole and a star.
Mega Collider Dreams
CERN expects to secure funds for future mega-colliders in 2020. The European Particle Physics Laboratory, near Geneva, Switzerland, will hold a special meeting of its council in Budapest in May, where a committee will decide as part of the plan an update of the European strategy of the Laboratory for particle physics. CERN’s proposal includes a menu of options for future colliders. The laboratory expects to build a 100-kilometer machine that can be up to six times more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider and costs up to US $ 21 billion (US $ 23.4 billion).
In the United States, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, near Chicago, Illinois, must reveal the long-awaited results of the Muon G-2, a high-precision measurement of how many more siblings of electrons in a magnetic field. Behave Physicists expect minor anomalies to reveal previously unknown elementary particles.
An ambitious effort by synthetic biologists to rebuild Baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Researchers, for example, have completely changed the genetic code of very simple organisms before the Mycoplasma myoids bacteria, but what They make in yeast cells.
Challenging due to its complexity. The effort, called Synthetic Yeast 2.0, is a collaboration between 15 laboratories on 4 continents. The teams have replaced the DNA in the 16 S chromosomes with cerebellar variants such as cerebellar fragments. They have also experimented with genome removal or editing to understand how the organism evolved and how it dealt with mutations. Researchers expect modified yeast cells to achieve more efficient and inflexible methods to build a large number of products, from biofuels to medicines.
Due to the climatic task
In August, the United Nations Environment Program will publish an important report on the scientific and technical aspects of geoengineering approaches that can be used to combat climate change.
- These include extracting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and blocking sunlight. Also in 2020, the International Seabed Authority will issue long-awaited regulations that will allow mining under the sea.
- Scientists fear that there is not enough information on how the practice could damage marine ecosystems, with potentially devastating effects on an already stressed environment.
- But the big weather event will come in November, when the COP26 Climate Conference, the moment of truth for the Paris Agreement, closes in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Under the 2015 agreement, countries must present updated targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions so that global warming cannot be increased beyond 2 degrees Celsius.
- But most countries have been slow to implement their promises. And the future of the treaty itself hangs in the balance: the United States is expected to formally withdraw that month.
United States election climate
The White House and the US Congress. UU. They must deliver graves in November, and the results can have important implications for science, especially in the weather. A second term will continue to allow President Donald Trump to expose his predecessor climate policies and guarantee the formal exit of the United States from the Paris Agreement the day after the elections. Democrats can accelerate those efforts by winning the White House or securing a majority in both houses of Congress. The 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate are being contested.
Hamis is coming
The dream of growing replacement organs for humans in other animals can come true as researchers progress in morally lethal techniques. The stem cell scientist Hiromitsu Nakauchi of the University of Tokyo plans to develop tissues made of human cells in mice and rat embryos. He would then transplant those hybrid embryos into substitute animals, a movement that was not allowed until a new law entered into force in Japan last March. Nakauchi and his colleagues have also requested to conduct a similar experiment with pig embryos. The ultimate goal of this research is to produce animals with organs that can eventually be transplanted into people. But some researchers think it would be safer and more effective to grow ‘organoids’ in the laboratory.
In the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, an important test of a technique that can stop the spread of dengue fever will come to an end. Researchers have released mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia bacteria that inhibit the replication of viruses transmitted by mosquitoes that cause dengue, chikungunya and zika and allow the infection to spread to wild populations. Small essays in Indonesia, Vietnam and Brazil have shown a tempting promise.
A vaccine against malaria is also promising due to the bioco of the island of Equatorial Guinea. And in 2020, the World Health Organization hopes to eliminate sleeping sickness, or African trypanosomiasis, as a public health problem. This infamous disease is transmitted by tretti flies (Glossina spp.).
Aedes aegypti mosquito
Mosquitoes are becoming infected with bacteria that prevent them from spreading diseases. Crusher: Apu Gomes / AFP / Getty
Physicists hope to achieve their dream of creating a material that conducts electricity at room temperature without resistance; however, for now, these superconducting materials only work under the pressure of millions of kilopascals. After the success of the compounds called lanthanum superhydrides, which broke all temperature records for superconductivity in 2018, the researchers hoped to synthesize yttrium superhydrides that could be superconductors at temperatures up to 53 ° C.
Companies have plans to start selling large and small solar cells, using promising materials that are cheaper and easier to produce than the silicon crystals used in traditional solar panels. When and together the cells combine with silicon, they can produce the most efficient solar panel on the market.
The energy sector could achieve another feat during the Tokyo Olympics in July, when Toyota is expected to present the first prototype of a car powered by co-solid state lithium-ion batteries. These replace the fluid that separates the electrodes inside the battery.