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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Very Large Array (VLA)
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New detailed radio data from the NRAO's Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) revealed that the large perpendicular extension of UGC 10288's halo (blue) is really a distant background galaxy with radio jets.
PIA17556:
Two Galaxies Masquerading as One
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-02 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Very Large Array (VLA)
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Anomalous arms are seen in this composite image of NGC 4258 from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observator, NSF's Karl Jansky Very Large Array, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA18461:
Galactic Pyrotechnics on Display
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-07 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE mission detected comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring on July 28, 2014, less than three months before this comet's close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.
PIA18593:
NEOWISE Spies Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring a Second Time
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-21 Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
XMM-Newton
MIPS
XMM-Newton X-ray
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Puppis A, around 7,000 light-years away, is seen in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton.
PIA18468:
Supernova Seen In Two Lights
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 CIBER
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This graphic illustrates how the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment, or CIBER, team measures a diffuse glow of infrared light filling the spaces between galaxies. The glow does not come from any known stars and galaxies.
PIA18854:
Masking Out Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-10 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy cluster, SDSS J1038+4849, that appears to have two eyes and a nose as part of a happy face. The 'face' is the result of gravitational lensing.
PIA18794:
Smile, and the Universe Smiles With You
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-19 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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This plot of data from two space telescopes, NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton determines for the first time the shape of ultra-fast winds from supermassive black holes, or quasars.
PIA18918:
The Answer is Blowing in the Black Hole Wind
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-19 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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Supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies blast radiation and ultra-fast winds outward, as illustrated in this artist's conception based on NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescopes.
PIA18919:
How Black Hole Winds Blow (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-04 1160x876x3
The four stars and one planet of the 30 Ari system are illustrated in this diagram. This quadruple star system consists of two pairs of stars: 30 Ari B and 30 Ari A.
PIA18927:
Double Date: Two Pairs of Stars in One System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-26 NEOWISE
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NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft viewed comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) for a second time on January 30, 2015, as the comet passed through the closest point to our sun along its 14,000-year orbit, at a solar distance of 120 million miles (193 million kilometers).
PIA19354:
NEOWISE Wise to Comet Lovejoy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-03-27 Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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This panoramic view encompasses the entire sky as seen by Two Micron All-Sky Survey. This image is centered on the core of our own Milky Way galaxy, toward the constellation of Sagittarius.
PIA04250:
Point Source All Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-03-27 Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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This panoramic view encompasses the entire sky and reveals the distribution of galaxies beyond the Milky Way galaxy, which astronomers call extended sources, as observed by Two Micron All-Sky Survey.
PIA04251:
Extended Source/Galaxy All Sky 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-03-27 Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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This panoramic view of the entire sky reveals the distribution of galaxies beyond our Milky Way galaxy, which astronomers call extended sources, as observed by Two Micron All-Sky Survey.
PIA04252:
Extended Source/Galaxy All Sky 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-05-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer took this image on May 21 and 22, 2003. The image was made from data gathered by the two channels of the spacecraft camera during the mission's 'first light' milestone.
PIA04281:
GALEX 1st Light Near and Far Ultraviolet -100
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet color image of the galaxy UGC10445 was taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer on June 7 and June 14, 2003. UGC10445 is a spiral galaxy located 40 million light-years from Earth.
PIA04623:
Galaxy UGC10445
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image of the active galaxy Centaurus A was taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer on June 7, 2003. The galaxy is located 30 million light-years from Earth and is seen edge on, with a prominent dust lane across the major axis.
PIA04624:
Galaxy Centaurus A
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet color blowup of the Groth Deep Image was taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer on June 22 and June 23, 2003. Many hundreds of galaxies are detected in this portion of the image.
PIA04625:
Groth Deep Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer photographed this ultraviolet color blowup of the Groth Deep Image on June 22 and June 23, 2003. Hundreds of galaxies are detected in this image, and the faint red galaxies are believed to be 6 billion light years away.
PIA04626:
Groth Deep Locations Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This is the first Deep Imaging Survey image taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. On June 22 and 23, 2003, the spacecraft obtained this near ultraviolet image of the Groth region by adding multiple orbits for a total exposure time of 14,000 seconds.
PIA04627:
Deep Imaging Survey
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer took this image of the spiral galaxy Messier 51 on June 19 and 20, 2003. Messier 51 is located 27 million light-years from Earth.
PIA04628:
Galaxy Messier 51
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image of the spiral galaxy Messier 83 was taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer on June 7, 2003. Located 15 million light years from Earth and known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy,
PIA04629:
Galaxy Messier 83
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This three-color image of galaxy M101 was taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer on June 20, 2003. The far ultraviolet emissions are shown in blue, the near ultraviolet emissions are green, and the red emissions, taken from NASA's Digital Sky Survey.
PIA04630:
Galaxy M101
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer took this near ultraviolet image of Messier 101 on June 20, 2003. Messier 101 is a large spiral galaxy located 20 million light-years from Earth.
PIA04631:
Messier 101
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This single orbit exposure, ultraviolet color image of Messier 101 was taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer on June 20, 2003. Messier 101 is a large spiral galaxy located 20 million light-years from Earth.
PIA04632:
Messier 101 Single Orbit Exposure
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This is an ultraviolet color image of the galaxy NGC5398 taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer on June 7, 2003. NGC5398 is a barred spiral galaxy located 60 million light-years from Earth.
PIA04633:
Galaxy NGC5398
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer took this ultraviolet color image of the galaxy NGC5474 on June 7, 2003. NGC5474 is located 20 million light-years from Earth and is within a group of galaxies dominated by the Messier 101 galaxy.
PIA04634:
Galaxy NGC5474
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer took this ultraviolet color image of the galaxy NGC5962 on June 7, 2003. This spiral galaxy is located 90 million light-years from Earth.
PIA04635:
Galaxy NGC5962
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-03 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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The nearby dwarf galaxy NGC 1569 is a hotbed of vigorous star birth activity, which blows huge bubbles that riddle the galaxy's main body. The image was taken by the WPF2 camera, designed and built by JPL, on NASA's Hubble.
PIA05202:
Supernova Blast Bonanza in Nearby Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Hidden behind a shroud of dust in the constellation Cygnus is a stellar nursery called DR21 as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA05732:
Nursery of Giants
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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Hidden behind a shroud of dust in the constellation Cygnus is an exceptionally bright source of radio emission called DR21 in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA05733:
Stormy Clouds of Star Birth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope allow us to peek behind the cosmic veil and pinpoint one of the most massive natal stars yet seen in our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA05734:
Spitzer Makes "Invisible" Visible
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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In the quest to better understand the birth of stars and the formation of new worlds, astronomers have used NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to examine the massive stars contained in a cloudy region called Sharpless 140.
PIA05878:
A Natal Microcosm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Sometimes, the best way to understand how something works is to take it apart. The same is true for galaxies like NGC 300, which NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has divided into its various parts.
PIA05879:
Dissection of a Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-24 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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The Galaxy Evolution Explorer specializes in surveying galaxies in ultraviolet light. The telescope surveyed thousands of galaxies before finding three-dozen of these newborns.
PIA05979:
Happy Anniversary to a Galactic Explorer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this artist's conception, a possible newfound planet spins through a clearing in a nearby star's dusty, planet-forming disc. This clearing was detected around the star CoKu Tau 4 by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA05988:
Out of the Dust, A Planet is Born (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals hidden populations of newborn stars at the heart of the colliding 'Antennae' galaxies. These two galaxies are known individually as NGC 4038 and 4039.
PIA06853:
Life at the Intersection of Colliding Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals hidden populations of newborn stars at the heart of the colliding 'Antennae' galaxies. These two galaxies are known individually as NGC 4038 and 4039.
PIA06854:
Fire within the Antennae Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Artist's concept of a distant hypothetical solar system, about the same age as our own.
PIA07097:
A Distant Solar System (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Bright, young disks can be imaged directly by visible-light telescopes, such as NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Older, fainter debris disks can be detected only by infrared telescopes like NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which sense the disks' dim heat.
PIA07099:
The Evolution of a Planet-Forming Disk (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates one possible answer to the puzzle of the 'giant galactic blobs.' NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on one well-known blob located 11 billion light-years away.
PIA07221:
At the Heart of Blobs (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept demonstrates that an invisible galaxy shrouded in dust can become glaringly bright when viewed in infrared light.
PIA07396:
Invisible Galaxies Come to Life! (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows changes in the infrared light output of two star-planet systems (one above, one below) located hundreds of light-years away.
PIA07491:
The Language of Planetary Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 Hubble Space Telescope
Visible Light
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Lying at the southern edge of the rich Virgo cluster of galaxies, Messier 104, also called the Sombrero galaxy, is one of the most famous objects in the sky in this image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA15226:
Hubble Spies Spectacular Sombrero
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows two opposing bubbles being formed in opposite directions by the powerful outflows from massive groups of forming stars. The baby stars can be seen as specks of yellow where the two bubbles overlap.
PIA03544:
Black Widow Nebula Hiding in the Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows little 'dwarf galaxies' forming in the 'tails' of two larger galaxies that are colliding together.
PIA03605:
Dwarf Galaxies Swimming in Tidal Tails
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 Stardust
DC-8 Airborne Laboratory
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Stardust Capsule Return as seen from NASA's DC-8 Airborne Laboratory with 
a mission to explore the conditions during reentry from the light emitted 
by the fireball caused when the capsule streaked through the sky
PIA03668:
Stardust Capsule Return
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer's large field of view and multi-wavelength infrared sight allowed it to form this complete view of the cluster, containing dozens of bright galaxies and hundreds of smaller ones.
PIA12835:
Fornax Galaxy Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer highlights the dust that speckles the Andromeda galaxy's spiral arms. The hot dust, which is being heated by newborn stars, traces the spidery arms all the way to the center of the galaxy.
PIA12834:
The Dirt on Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Galaxy NGC 4579 was captured by the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxy Survey, or Sings, Legacy project using the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared array camera. I
PIA08007:
Galaxy NGC 4579
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer highlights the Andromeda galaxy's older stellar population in blue. A pronounced warp in the disk of the galaxy, the aftermath of a collision with another galaxy, can be seen in the spiral arm.
PIA12833:
Warped Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Near Infrared Spectrometer
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The false-color composite image of the Stephan’s Quintet galaxy cluster is made up of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a ground-based telescope in Spain.
PIA02587:
A Shocking Surprise in Stephan's Quintet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts the pulsar planet system discovered by Aleksander Wolszczan in 1992. Wolszczan used the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico to find three planets circling a pulsar called PSR B1257+12.
PIA08042:
Extreme Planets (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The immense Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31, is captured in full in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. Andromeda is the closest large galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy, and is located 2.5 million light-years from our sun.
PIA12832:
Our Neighbor Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-26 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes combined to make these shape-shifting galaxies taking on the form of a giant mask. The icy blue eyes are actually the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163, and the mask is their spiral arms.
PIA08097:
Eyes in the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Something appears to be peering through a shiny red mask, in this new false-colored image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The mysterious blue eyes are actually starlight from the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163.
PIA08098:
Ready for the Cosmic Ball
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-21 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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This new false-colored image from NASA's Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes shows a giant jet of particles that has been shot out from the vicinity of a type of supermassive black hole called a quasar.
PIA08617:
Black Hole Spills Kaleidoscope of Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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The many 'personalities' of our great galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, are exposed in this new composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08787:
Amazing Andromeda Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a Jupiter-like planet soaking up the scorching rays of its nearby 'sun.' This NASA Spitzer Space Telescope illustration portrays how the planet would appear to infrared eyes, showing temperature variations across its surface.
PIA01938:
Exotic World Blisters Under the Sun (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows what astronomers are referring to as a 'snake' (upper left) and its surrounding stormy environment.
PIA01318:
Where Galactic Snakes Live
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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A star's spectacular death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D. This composite image uses data from three of NASA's Great Observatories. The Chandra X-ray, Hubble Space, and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA01320:
Dead Star Creates Celestial Havoc
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have teamed up to expose the chaos that baby stars are creating 1,500 light-years away in a cosmic cloud called the Orion nebula.
PIA01322:
Chaos at the Heart of Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This is a composite image of N49, the brightest supernova remnant in optical light in the Large Magellanic Cloud; the image combines data from the Chandra X-ray Telescope (blue) and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (red).
PIA09071:
Stellar Debris in the Large Magellanic Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Infant stars are glowing gloriously in this image of the Serpens star-forming region, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The reddish-pink dots are baby stars deeply embedded in the cosmic cloud of gas and dust that collapsed to create it.
PIA09072:
Seeing Stars in Serpens
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This is an artist's concept of a hypothetical 10-million-year-old star system. The bright blur at the center is a star much like our sun. The other orb in the image is a gas-giant planet like Jupiter.
PIA09117:
Gas Giants Form Quickly (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a gas-giant planet orbiting very close to its parent star, creating searingly hot conditions on the planet's surface
PIA09118:
Forecasting Weather on Distant Worlds (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This diagram illustrates how astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope can capture the elusive spectra of hot-Jupiter planets. Spectra are an object's light spread apart into its basic components, or wavelengths.
PIA09196:
How to Pluck a Spectrum from a Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This diagram illustrates that mature planetary systems like our own might be more common around twin, or binary, stars that are either really close together, or really far apart.
PIA09227:
Where Planets Take up Residence
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have revealed that mature planetary systems -- dusty disks of asteroids, comets and possibly planets -- are more frequent around close-knit twin, or binary, stars than single stars like our sun.
PIA09228:
Alien Sunset (Artist Concept)
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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)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-09-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This composite image shows the Coronet in X-rays from Chandra and infrared from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (orange, green, and cyan). The Spitzer data show young stars plus diffuse emission from dust.
PIA09925:
Coronet: A Star-Formation Neighbor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-09-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows young stars plus diffuse emission from dust. The Corona Australis region (containing, at its heart, the Coronet cluster) is one of the nearest and most active regions of ongoing star formation.
PIA09926:
Infrared Coronet Cluster
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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)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such quasar winds might have forged these dusty particles in the very early universe.
PIA10019:
Dust in the Quasar Wind (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A growing black hole, called a quasar, is seen at the center of a faraway galaxy in this artist's concept. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes discovered swarms of similar quasars hiding in dusty galaxies in the distant universe.
PIA10093:
Bursting with Stars and Black Holes (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-01-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope provide strong evidence that the slender, bulgeless galaxies can, like their chubbier counterparts, harbor supermassive black holes at their cores in this artist concept.
PIA10221:
Galaxies of all Shapes Host Black Holes (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, detected tiny quartz-like crystals sprinkled in young planetary systems. The crystals, which are types of silica minerals called cristobalite and tridymite.
PIA11417:
Quartz-like Crystals Found in Planetary Disks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This composite image of the Tycho supernova remnant combines infrared and X-ray observations obtained with NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space observatories, respectively,
PIA11435:
Vivid View of Tycho's Supernova Remnant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept based on data from NASA's Spitzer shows the dimmest star-like bodies currently known -- twin brown dwarfs referred to as 2M 0939. The twins, which are about the same size, are drawn as if they were viewed close to one of the bodies.
PIA11447:
Not-So-Bright Bulbs (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the nasty effects of living near a group of massive stars: radiation and winds from the massive stars (white spot in center) are blasting planet-making material away from stars like our sun.
PIA11726:
Devastated Stellar Neighborhood
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes upon the dusty remains of shredded asteroids around several dead stars. This artist's concept illustrates a 'white dwarf,' surrounded by the bits and pieces of a disintegrating asteroid.
PIA11735:
Asteroid 'Bites the Dust' Around Dead Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This photograph from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the young star cluster NGC 2362. By studying it, astronomers found that gas giant planet formation happens very rapidly and efficiently, within less than 5 million years.
PIA11747:
Baby Jupiters Must Gain Weight Fast
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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These computer-generated images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope chart the development of severe weather patterns on the highly eccentric exoplanet HD 80606b during the days after its closest approach to its parent star.
PIA11391:
Severe Exoplanetary Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detected a prebiotic, or potentially life-forming, molecule called hydrogen cyanide (HCN) in the planet-forming disks around yellow stars like our sun, but not in the disks around cooler, reddish stars.
PIA11979:
Cool Stars May Have Different Prebiotic Chemical Mix
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a young, hypothetical planet around a cool star. A soupy mix of potentially life-forming chemicals can be seen pooling around the base of the jagged rocks.
PIA11980:
Chemical Soups Around Cool Stars (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-16 Kepler
Photometer
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This star chart illustrates the large patch of sky that NASA's Kepler mission will stare at for the duration of its three-and-a-half-year lifetime.
PIA11983:
Where Kepler Sees
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the spiral galaxy NGC 2841, located about 46 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major. The galaxy is helping astronomers solve one of the oldest puzzles in astronomy.
PIA12001:
Why Are Galaxies So Smooth?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-17 Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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One of Planck's first images is shown as a strip superimposed over a two dimensional projection of the whole sky as seen in visible light.
PIA12206:
Planck's First Glimpse at the Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a lump of material in a swirling, planet- forming disk. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that either another star or a planet could be pushing planetary material together, as illustrated here.
PIA12210:
Lump of Planetary Stuff (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a nearly invisible ring around Saturn -- the largest of the giant planet's many rings. It was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA12257:
Saturn's Infrared Ring (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a nearly invisible ring around Saturn -- the largest of the giant planet's many rings. It was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA12256:
The King of Rings (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Are brown dwarfs born like stars, as in this rendering, or do they form like planets orbiting another star? A study by researchers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has led to the preliminary conclusion that they are formed much like a star.
PIA12376:
Dusty Beginnings of a Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Every 27 years, a bright star called Epsilon Aurigae fades over period of two years, then brightens back up again. A companion is known to be surrounded by a dusty disk, as illustrated in this artist's concept.
PIA12484:
Mystery of the Fading Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, reveals the stars and dust in this galaxy as never seen before. This nearby satellite galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy is some 200,000 light-years away.
PIA12485:
Little Galaxy Explored
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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A new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars.
PIA12959:
Cosmic Rosebud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Planck
High Frequency Instrument
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Filamentary structures in our Milky Way galaxy are apparent at large scales, as shown in this ESA image from Planck image, on the right, and small scales as seen the Herschel image on the left.
PIA12963:
Milky Way Dust at Different Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Planck
IRAS
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This three-color combination constructed from ESA Planck's two highest frequency channels and an image obtained with the NASA's Infrared Astronomical Satellite shows local dust structures within 500 light-years of the sun.
PIA12964:
Tendrils of Cold Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
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These two data plots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show a primitive supermassive black hole (top) compared to a typical one; usually, dust tori are missing and only gas disks are observed in primitive black holes.
PIA12965:
How to Spot a Primitive Black Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception illustrates one of the most primitive supermassive black holes known (central black dot) at the core of a young, star-rich galaxy.
PIA12966:
Prehistoric Black Hole (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-29 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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A composite image from NASA's Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes shows the dusty remains of a collapsed star, a supernova remnant called G54.1+0.3. The white source at the center is a dead star called a pulsar.
PIA12982:
Dusty Dead Star
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