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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-03 Stardust
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Stardust Comet Wild 2 Encounter (Artist's Concept)
PIA03183:
Stardust Comet Wild 2 Encounter (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates how silicate crystals like those found in comets can be created by an outburst from a growing star. The image shows a young sun-like star encircled by its planet-forming disk of gas and dust. Animation available.
PIA12008:
Silicate Crystal Formation in the Disk of an Erupting Star (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (21.6 MB)     JPEG (276.9 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This artist's concept illustrates a tight pair of stars and a surrounding disk of dust, most likely the shattered remains of planetary smashups. Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the scientists found dusty evidence for such collisions.
PIA13346:
Circle of Planetary Ashes (Artist's Concept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (21.6 MB)     JPEG (395.3 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
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Artist concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13847:
Stardust-NExt (Artist Concept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (21.62 MB)     JPEG (474.3 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-24 Annefrank Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image shows the three small worlds NASA's Stardust spacecraft encountered during its 12 year mission. Stardust performed a flyby of asteroid Annefrank in 2002, Comet Wild in 2004, and Tempel 1 in 2011.
PIA13943:
Stardust's Worlds
Full Resolution:     TIFF (7.21 MB)     JPEG (180.3 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-27 Epsilon Eridani Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's diagram based on observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope compares the Epsilon Eridani system to our own solar system. The two systems are structure
PIA11376:
Young Solar System in the Making (Artist Concept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (21.6 MB)     JPEG (405.7 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This figure charts 30 hours of observations taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of a strongly irradiated exoplanet (an planet orbiting a star beyond our own). Spitzer measured changes in the planet's heat, or infrared light.
PIA11390:
Light from Red-Hot Planet
Full Resolution:     TIFF (21.6 MB)     JPEG (506.4 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-11 G29-38 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrometer (IRS)
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This artist's concept illustrates a comet being torn to shreds around a dead star, or white dwarf, called G29-38. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a cloud of dust around this white dwarf that may have been generated from comet disruption.
PIA03652:
Comet 'Bites the Dust' Around Dead Star (Artist Concept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (21.6 MB)     JPEG (298.4 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows microscopic crystals in the dusty disk surrounding a brown dwarf, or 'failed star.' The crystals, made up of a green mineral found on Earth called olivine, are thought to help seed the formation of planets.
PIA03048:
Sowing the Seeds of Planets? (Artist's Concept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (21.6 MB)     JPEG (301.7 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a binary-star, or two-star, system, called HD 113766, where astronomers suspect a rocky Earth-like planet is forming around one of the stars.
PIA09931:
Birth of an Earth-like Planet (Artist Xoncept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (21.6 MB)     JPEG (281.9 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist concept based on data from NASA' Spitzer Space Telescope, depicts a quadruple-star system called HD 98800. The system is approximately 10 million years old, and is located 150 light-years away in the constellation TW Hydrae.
PIA09939:
Evidence for Strange Stellar Family (Artist Concept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (21.6 MB)     JPEG (256.6 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's image depicts a faraway solar system like our own except for one big difference. Planets and asteroids circle around not one, but two suns. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such solar systems may be common in the universe.
PIA09229:
Two Suns Raise Family of Planetary Bodies (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (21.6 MB)     JPEG (309.2 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have, for the first time, found signatures of silicate crystals around a newly forming protostar in the constellation of Orion.
PIA14100:
Cosmic Fountain of Crystal Rain
Full Resolution:     TIFF (21.6 MB)     JPEG (297.9 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-20 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Herschel telescope, illustrates an icy planet-forming disk around a young star called TW Hydrae, located about 175 light-years away in the Hydra, or Sea Serpent, constellation.
PIA14870:
Misty Star in the Sea Serpent (Artist's Concept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (21.6 MB)     JPEG (258.7 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-23 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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These images, taken by NASA's black-hole hunter, NuSTAR, are the first, focused high-energy X-ray views of the area surrounding the supermassive black hole, called Sagittarius A*, at the center of our galaxy.
PIA16213:
First Look at Milky Way's Monster in High-Energy X-ray Light
Full Resolution:     TIFF (23.08 MB)     JPEG (206.4 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-05 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This stellar object is called Spitzer 073425.3-465409, as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer; the cloud CG4 might be imagined as a cosmic alligator eating its way across the sky.
PIA14108:
Cosmic Alligator Eats its Way through the Sky
Full Resolution:     TIFF (23.52 MB)     JPEG (780.8 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-29 Vesta Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has led to revisions in the estimated population of near-Earth asteroids. The most accurate survey to date has allowed new estimates of the total numbers of objects in different size categories.
PIA14734:
WISE Revises Numbers of Asteroids Near Earth
Full Resolution:     TIFF (25.25 MB)     JPEG (848.6 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-05 Tempel 1 EPOXI
Herschel Space Observatory
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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Using NASA's Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have discovered that comet Hartley 2 possesses a ratio of 'heavy water' to light, or normal, water that matches what's found in Earth's oceans.
PIA14737:
Heavy and Light Just Right
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-11 Exoplanet
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A hypothetical planet is depicted in this artist's concept moving through the habitable zone and then further out into a long, cold winter.
PIA15800:
Eccentric Habitable Zones (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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New ultraviolet images from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows a speeding star that is leaving an enormous trail of 'seeds' for new solar systems. The star, named Mira (pronounced my-rah) after the latin word for 'wonderful.'
PIA09958:
Mira Soars Through the Sky
Full Resolution:     TIFF (27 MB)     JPEG (1.115 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-19 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its 'eyes' after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image shows a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces.
PIA17811:
NEOWISE's Next Light
Full Resolution:     TIFF (29.85 MB)     JPEG (990.1 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception illustrates a storm of comets around a star near our own, called Eta Corvi. Evidence for this barrage comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared detectors.
PIA14739:
It's Raining Comets (Artist's Concept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (30.72 MB)     JPEG (328.2 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this diagram, the Vega system, which was already known to have a cooler outer belt of comets (orange), is compared to our solar system with its asteroid and Kuiper belts. The ring of warm, rocky debris was detected using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope,
PIA16611:
Vega: Two Belts and the Possibility of Planets
Full Resolution:     TIFF (30.74 MB)     JPEG (304.7 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this image, an artistic version of a hot Jupiter inspired by computer simulations has been inserted into a photo showing a Spitzer researcher, Heather Knutson, in a laboratory.
PIA17008:
An Astronomer's Fantasy: Planets in the Lab
Full Resolution:     TIFF (32.01 MB)     JPEG (1.025 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-31 Jupiter Galileo
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Comet Impact Into Jupiter (Artist's Concept)
PIA13894:
Comet Impact Into Jupiter (Artist's Concept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (32.17 MB)     JPEG (1.308 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-29 Mercury MESSENGER
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Model of Polar Ice Deposit Formation
PIA16519:
Model of Polar Ice Deposit Formation
Full Resolution:     TIFF (32.47 MB)     JPEG (329.5 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-13 Holmes Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this picture of comet Holmes in March 2008, five months after the comet suddenly erupted and brightened a millionfold overnight.
PIA11228:
Anatomy of a Busted Comet
Full Resolution:     TIFF (32.58 MB)     JPEG (326.3 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-01 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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During its one-year mission, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, mapped the entire sky in infrared light. Among the multitudes of astronomical bodies that have been discovered by the NEOWISE portion of the WISE mission are 20 comets.
PIA13457:
Comets WISE -- A Family Portrait
Full Resolution:     TIFF (33.83 MB)     JPEG (1.278 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 1996-11-27 Toutatis 4096x3072x3
Computer Generated View of Earth as seen from the Asteroid Toutatis
PIA00515:
Computer Generated View of Earth as seen from the Asteroid Toutatis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-09-13 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Interferometric Radar
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Shaded Relief with Height as Color, Iturralde Structure, Bolivia
PIA03359:
Shaded Relief with Height as Color, Iturralde Structure, Bolivia
Full Resolution:     TIFF (38.9 MB)     JPEG (3.517 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-12 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.
PIA09178:
Comets Kick up Dust in Helix Nebula
Full Resolution:     TIFF (45.69 MB)     JPEG (1.944 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-25 Kepler
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This artist's concept illustrates the fate of two different planets: the one on the left is similar to Earth, made up largely of silicate-based rocks with oceans coating its surface.
PIA17550:
A Tale of Two Worlds: Silicate Versus Carbon Planets (Artist Concept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (48.02 MB)     JPEG (793.5 kB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept shows the NASA's WISE spacecraft, in its orbit around Earth. In September of 2013, engineers will attempt to bring the mission out of hibernation to hunt for more asteroids and comets in a project called NEOWISE.
PIA17254:
NEOWISE: Back to Hunt More Asteroids (Artist Concept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (48.03 MB)     JPEG (1.66 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. NASA's spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history.
PIA17046:
Voyager Goes Interstellar (Artist Concept)
Full Resolution:     TIFF (49.32 MB)     JPEG (3.534 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 1998-10-13 Callisto Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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Asgard Multi-Ring Structure on Callisto
PIA01634:
Asgard Multi-Ring Structure on Callisto
Full Resolution:     TIFF (51.5 MB)     JPEG (5.352 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-10 Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the broken Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 skimming along a trail of debris left during its multiple trips around the sun.
PIA08452:
A Million Comet Pieces
Full Resolution:     TIFF (33.99 MB)     JPEG (1.795 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-30 Carina Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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These false-color image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the 'South Pillar' region of the star-forming region called the Carina Nebula.
PIA03515:
All Pillars Point to Eta Animation Icon
Full Resolution:     TIFF (103.1 MB)     JPEG (3.749 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-03 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Spitzer and GALEX shows the Helix nebula, a dying star throwing a cosmic tantrum. In death, the star's dusty outer layers are unraveling into space, glowing from the intense UV radiation being pumped out by the hot stellar core.
PIA15817:
The Helix Nebula: Unraveling at the Seams
Full Resolution:     TIFF (108.7 MB)     JPEG (3.087 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This chart shows what types of objects WISE can and cannot see at certain distances from our sun. Bodies with larger masses are brighter, and therefore can be seen at greater distances.
PIA17990:
What WISE Can and Cannot See
Full Resolution:     TIFF (135.5 MB)     JPEG (1.276 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-09 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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Artist's Concept of Deep Impact's Encounter with Comet Tempel 1
PIA07923:
Artist's Concept of Deep Impact's Encounter with Comet Tempel 1
Full Resolution:     TIFF (147.9 MB)     JPEG (3.652 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This mosaic of images covering the entire sky was observed by NASA's WISE telescope and is part of its All-Sky Data Release. The projection used in this image of the sky is called an 'equirectangular.'
PIA15482:
Mapping the Infrared Universe: The Entire WISE Sky -- Rectangular Format
Full Resolution:     TIFF (150 MB)     JPEG (7.365 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This is a mosaic of the images covering the entire sky as observed by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), part of its All-Sky Data Release. In this mosaic, the Milky Way Galaxy runs horizontally across the map.
PIA15481:
Mapping the Infrared Universe: The Entire WISE Sky
Full Resolution:     TIFF (150.9 MB)     JPEG (6.828 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List 1998-06-08 Mars Viking
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Hellas Planitia
PIA00416:
Hellas Planitia
Full Resolution:     TIFF (104.5 MB)     JPEG (6.709 MB)
Add Image to Favorite List Helix Hebula Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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This image of the Helix Nebula from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a fine web of filamentary 'bicycle-spoke' features embedded in the colorful red and blue gas ring, which is one of the nearest planetary nebulae to Earth.
PIA18164:
Iridescent Glory of Nearby Helix Nebula
Full Resolution:     TIFF (768.1 MB)     JPEG (27.72 MB)
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