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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's rendition shows one possible appearance for the planet HD 219134b, the nearest confirmed rocky exoplanet found to date outside our solar system.
PIA19833:
Hot, Rocky World (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This sky map shows the location of the star HD 219134 (circle), host to the nearest confirmed rocky planet found to date outside of our solar system. The star lies just off the 'W' shape of the constellation Cassiopeia.
PIA19832:
Location of Nearest Rocky Exoplanet Known
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows the silhouette of a rocky planet, dubbed HD 219134b, as it passes in front of its star. At 21 light-years away, the planet is the closest outside of our solar system that can be seen crossing, or transiting, its star.
PIA19831:
Little Black Spot on the Star Today (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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A newly discovered exoplanet, Kepler-452b, comes the closest of any found so far to matching our Earth-sun system.
PIA19830:
Pantheon of Planets Similar to Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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Of the 1,030 confirmed planets from Kepler, a dozen are less than twice the size of Earth and reside in the habitable zone of their host stars. In this diagram, the sizes of the exoplanets are represented by the size of each sphere.
PIA19827:
Kepler's Small Habitable Zone Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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This size and scale of the Kepler-452 system compared alongside the Kepler-186 system and the solar system. Kepler-186 is a miniature solar system that would fit entirely inside the orbit of Mercury.
PIA19826:
Planetary System Comparisons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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Scientists used data from NASA's Kepler mission in this artist's concept confirming the first near-Earth-size planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.
PIA19825:
Earth's Bigger, Older Cousin (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of star that is similar to our sun.
PIA19824:
Soaking up the Rays of a Sun-like Star (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Sol (our sun) Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This single frame from a sequence of six images of an animation shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from April 4 to April 15, 2015. From Mars, the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun.
PIA19802:
Tracking Sunspots from Mars, April 2015 (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Sol (our sun) Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.
PIA19801:
Tracking Sunspots from Mars, Summer 2015 (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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An eruption from the surface of the sun is conspicuous in the lower left portion of this July 6, 2015, image from NASA's Earth-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).
PIA19680:
Solar Activity Seen at Sunspot Site Tracked by Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-08 Sol (our sun) NuSTAR
NuSTAR
SDO
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Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.
PIA19821:
NuSTAR Stares at the Sun
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-06 NuSTAR
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A montage of images showing an artist's concept of NuSTAR (top); a color image of one of the galaxies targeted by NuSTAR (lower left); and artist's concept of a hidden black hole.
PIA19348:
NuSTAR Seeks Hidden Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-02 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Kitt Peak National Observatory
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This image, containing data from NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes, shows a cluster of young stars expected to burn for billions of years.
PIA19347:
Cosmic Sparklers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a hypothetical 'rejuvenated' planet,a gas giant that has reclaimed its youthful infrared glow. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found tentative evidence for one such planet around a dead star, or white dwarf, called PG 0010+280.
PIA19346:
Hypothetical 'Rejuvenated' Planets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a proposed helium planet, GJ 436b.This diagram illustrates how hypothetical helium atmospheres might form. These would be on planets about the mass of Neptune, or smaller.
PIA19345:
How to Make a Helium Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Planets having atmospheres rich in helium may be common in our galaxy, according to a new theory based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This artist's concept depicts a proposed helium-atmosphere planet called GJ 436b.
PIA19344:
Helium-Shrouded Planets (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-03 Milky Way Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Astronomers using data from NASA's WISE are helping to trace the shape of our Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms. Here, WISE data revealed clusters of young stars shrouded in dust, called embedded clusters, which are known to reside in spiral arms.
PIA19341:
Tracing the Arms of our Milky Way Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-28 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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This image from NASA's Herschel space observatory shows a filament called G49, which contains 80,000 suns' worth of mass. Long and flimsy threads emerge from a twisted mix of material, taking on complex shapes.
PIA19340:
Herschel's View of G49 Filament
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept of the galaxy named WISE J224607.57-052635.0, is erupting with light equal to more than 300 trillion sunset; it was discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
PIA19339:
Dusty 'Sunrise' at Core of Galaxy (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-07 NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR has made the most precise measurements yet of a radioactive element, called titanium-44, in the supernova remnant called 1987A.
PIA19335:
Tracing Titanium's Escape
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-29 NuSTAR
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This picture from NASA's NuSTAR is one of the most detailed ever taken of the center of our galaxy in high-energy X-rays. The X-ray light, normally invisible to our eyes, has been assigned the color magenta.
PIA19334:
Extra X-rays at the Hub of Our Milky Way Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's map of the Milky Way shows the location of one of the farthest known exoplanets, lying 13,000 light-years away. Most of the thousands of exoplanets discovered to date are closer to our solar system, as indicated by the pink/orange areas.
PIA19333:
Map of Exoplanets Found in Our Galaxy (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infographic explains how NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope can be used in tandem with a telescope on the ground to measure the distances to planets discovered using the 'microlensing' technique.
PIA19332:
Infographic: Finding Planets With Microlensing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This plot shows data obtained from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment telescope located in Chile, during a 'microlensing' event.
PIA19331:
Time Delay in Microlensing Event
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-31 Planck
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This map of the entire sky was captured by the European Space Agency's Planck mission. The band running through the middle corresponds to dust in our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA19330:
Astronomers Dig Up Treasure Trove of Galaxy Clusters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-26 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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A new study analyzes several sites where dead stars once exploded. The explosions, called Type Ia supernovae, occurred within galaxies, six of which are shown in these images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
PIA18929:
After the Explosion: Investigating Supernova Sites
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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 2015-03-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Kitt Peak National Observatory
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Infrared images from instruments at Kitt Peak National Observatory (left) and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope document the outburst of HOPS 383, a young protostar in the Orion star-formation complex.
PIA18928:
Embryonic Star's Outburst
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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 2015-03-04 3300x2550x3
This artist's conception shows the 30 Ari system, which includes four stars and a planet. The planet, a gas giant, orbits its primary star (yellow) in about a year's time.
PIA18926:
Planet With Four Stars (Artist's Concept)
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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 2015-02-19 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 2015-02-10 Hubble Space Telescope
Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
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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 2015-02-05 Planck
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A visualization of the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB, as detected by ESA's Planck satellite over the entire sky.
PIA18916:
Polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Milky Way Planck
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Our Milky Way galaxy is ablaze with dust in this new all-sky map from Planck, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions. The towers of fiery colors are actually dust in the galaxy and beyond that has been polarized.
PIA18915:
Polarized Dust Lights Up Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Planck
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Matter lying between Earth and the edge of the observable universe is shown in this all-sky map from Planck, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions.
PIA18914:
Universal Matter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Milky Way Planck
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A new, dynamic portrait of our Milky Way galaxy shows a frenzy of gas, charged particles and dust as seen by the European Space Agency's Planck mission.
PIA18913:
Milky Way Untangled
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Milky Way Planck
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This composite image comes from the ESA's Planck shows a festive portrait of our Milky Way galaxy shows a mishmash of gas, charged particles and several types of dust.
PIA18912:
A Milky Way 'Mixer' Amongst the Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-30 Planck
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The color scale in this image from the Planck mission represents the emission from dust, a minor but crucial component that pervades our Milky Way galaxy. The texture indicates the orientation of the galactic magnetic field.
PIA18911:
Planck's View of BICEP2/Keck Array Field
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-28 Kepler
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The tightly packed system, named Kepler-444, is home to five small planets in very compact orbits. The planets were detected from the dimming that occurs when they transit the disk of their parent star, as shown in this artist's conception.
PIA18910:
Kepler-444 Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This series of images show three evolutionary phases of massive star formation, as pictured in infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA18909:
Evolution of a Massive Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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'Yellow balls' -- which are several hundred to thousands times the size of our solar system -- are pictured here in the center of this image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA18908:
Finding 'Yellowballs' in our Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-08 Hubble Space Telescope
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The real monster black hole is revealed in this image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array of colliding galaxies Arp 299.
PIA18907:
Tale of Two Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-22 Sol (our sun) NuSTAR
NuSTAR
SDO
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X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), taken by NASA's NuSTAR. The field of view covers the west limb of the sun.
PIA18906:
Sun Shines in High-Energy X-rays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The famous Horsehead nebula takes on a ghostly appearance in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, released on December 18, 2014.
PIA18905:
Horsehead of a Different Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-18 Kepler
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This artist concept shows NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2's first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets.
PIA18904:
Reborn Kepler Discovers First K2 Exoplanet (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-11 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This composite image of NGC 2207 and IC 2163 contains Chandra data in pink, optical-light data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in red, green, and blue (appearing as blue, white, orange, and brown), and infrared data from Spitzer Space Telescope in red.
PIA18903:
Galactic Gathering Gives Impressive Light Display
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Canada France Hawaii Telescope
IRAC
Very Large Array Radio Telescope
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A new feature in the evolution of galaxies has been captured in this image of galactic interactions. The two galaxies seen here -- NGC 3226 at the top, NGC 3227 at the bottom.
PIA18902:
A Flood of Gas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-02 W. M. Keck Observatory
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A dusty planetary system (left) is compared to another system with little dust in this artist's concept. Dust can make it difficult for telescopes to image planets because light from the dust can outshine that of the planets.
PIA18901:
Seeking Planets in the Dust (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This diagram illustrates two similar star systems, HD 95086 and HR 8799. Evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has pointed to the presence of two dust belts in each system.
PIA18900:
Sibling Star Systems? Dust Structures Suggest So
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 CIBER
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This plot shows data from the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment, or CIBER, rockets launched in 2010 and 2012. The experiment measures a diffuse glow of infrared light in the sky, known as the cosmic infrared background.
PIA18855:
Background Light 'Bluer' Than Expected
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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 2014-11-06 CIBER
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This artist's concept shows a view of a number of galaxies sitting in huge halos of stars. The stars are too distant to be seen individually and instead are seen as a diffuse glow, colored yellow in this illustration.
PIA18852:
Stray Stars Scattered in Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 CIBER
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Our sky is filled with a diffuse background glow, known as the cosmic infrared background. Much of the light is from galaxies we know about, but previous Spitzer measurements have shown an extra component of unknown origin.
PIA18851:
First Stars or Stray Stars? A Cosmic Infrared Mystery
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 CIBER
CIBER
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These images from the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment, or CIBER, show large patches of the sky at two different infrared wavelengths (1.1 microns and 1.6 microns) after all known galaxies have been subtracted out and the images smoothed.
PIA18849:
Matching Patterns of Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-22 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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In this image of PSR B1509-58 (about 170,000 light-years from Earth), X-rays from NASA's Chandra in gold are seen along with infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope in red, green and blue.
PIA18848:
Face Illusion in the Cosmic Clouds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light.
PIA18847:
Ring of Stellar Fire
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-15 Herschel Space Observatory
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A small galaxy, called Sextans A, is shown here in a multi-wavelength mosaic captured by the ESA's Herschel mission. In this image, the purple shows gas; blue shows young stars and the orange and yellow dots are newly formed stars heating up dust.
PIA18846:
Sluggish Galaxy Grows Stars Slowly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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This image shows a neutron star -- the core of a star that exploded in a massive supernova. This particular neutron star is known as a pulsar because it sends out rotating beams of X-rays that sweep past Earth like lighthouse beacons.
PIA18845:
Beacons of X-ray Light (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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NuSTAR has added a new twist to the mystery of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) by showing that one of the ULXs in M82, called M82 X-2, is not a black hole but a pulsar.
PIA18844:
Ultraluminous X-ray Sources in M82 Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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The brightest pulsar detected to date is shown in this frame from an animation that flips back and forth between images captured by NASA's NuSTAR. A pulsar is a type of neutron star, the leftover core of a star that exploded in a supernova.
PIA18843:
NuSTAR Captures the Beat of a Dead Star (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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This chart illustrates relative masses of super-dense cosmic objects, ranging from white dwarfs to supermassive black holes encased in the cores of most galaxies. The first three 'dead' stars (left) all form when stars more massive than our sun explode.
PIA18842:
Mass Chart for Dead Stars and Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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The bulk of a galaxy called Messier 82 (M82), or the 'Cigar galaxy,' is seen in visible-light data captured by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona.
PIA18841:
NuSTAR Finds a Pulse in Cigar Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
Chandra X-ray Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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The comparison from NASA's Hubble telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory highlights how different the universe can look when viewed in other wavelengths of light. M82 is located 12 million light-years away in the Ursa Major constellation.
PIA18840:
Galaxy in Different Lights
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-24 Hubble Space Telescope
Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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A plot of the transmission spectrum for exoplanet HAT-P-11b, with data from NASA's Kepler, Hubble and Spitzer observatories combined. The results show a robust detection of water absorption in the Hubble data.
PIA18839:
Transmission Spectrum of HAT-P-11b
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-24 Hubble Space Telescope
Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the combined power of NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes.
PIA18838:
A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-24 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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A Neptune-size planet with a clear atmosphere is shown crossing in front of its star in this artist's depiction. Such crossings, or transits, are observed by telescopes like NASA's Hubble and Spitzer to glean information about planets' atmospheres.
PIA18837:
Seeing Starlight Through a Planet's Rim (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-19 Hubble Space Telescope
Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
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This picture, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's WFPC2, shows a galaxy known as NGC 6872 in the constellation of Pavo (The Peacock). Its unusual shape is caused by its interactions with the smaller galaxy that can be seen just above NGC 6872.
PIA17808:
Hubble Feathers the Peacock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-16 Chandra X-ray Observatory
NuSTAR
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The blue dot in this image marks the spot of an energetic pulsar -- the magnetic, spinning core of star that blew up in a supernova explosion. NASA's NuSTAR discovered the pulsar by identifying its telltale pulse.
PIA18836:
Powerful, Pulsating Core of Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
Subaru Telescope
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Millions of galaxies populate the patch of sky known as the COSMOS field, short for Cosmic Evolution Survey, a portion of which is shown here. Even the smallest dots in this image are galaxies, some up to 12 billion light-years away.
PIA18472:
Take a Splash Into the Cosmos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Astronomers were surprised to see these data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in January 2013, showing a huge eruption of dust around a star called NGC 2547-ID8.
PIA18470:
Witnessing a Planetary Wreckage
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows the immediate aftermath of a large asteroid impact around NGC 2547-ID8, a 35-million-year-old sun-like star thought to be forming rocky planets.
PIA18469:
Building Planets Through Collisions (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-27 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Artist's impression of a firestorm of star birth deep inside core of young, growing elliptical galaxy.
PIA18471:
A Cauldron of Star Birth in the Center of a Young Galaxy (Artist's Concept)
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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 2014-08-12 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This data plot captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, shows X-ray light streaming from regions near a supermassive black hole known as Markarian 335.
PIA18467:
Big, Spinning Black Hole Blurs Light
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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 2014-07-23 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE spotted Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina), appearing to be a highly active comet one day past perihelion on July 7, 2014.
PIA18653:
NEOWISE Spies Activity on Comet Catalina
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-23 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) first looked like an asteroid when NASA's NEOWISE team first observed it on December 31, 2013. These exposures were taken that day, when the comet was at a distance of about 2.9 AU from the sun.
PIA18652:
NEOWISE Spots Comet Catalina
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-02 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
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A composite image of the spiral galaxy NGC 4258 showing X-ray emission observed with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue) and infrared emission observed with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (red and green).
PIA18462:
Black Hole Jets Make Shock Waves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-02 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Karl Jansky Very Large Array
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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 2014-06-12 NGC 7538 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538.
PIA18452:
A Puzzling Cosmic Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-04 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows N103B -- all that remains from a supernova that exploded a millennium ago in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy 160,000 light-years away from our own Milky Way.
PIA18009:
Dissecting Dust from Detonation of Dead Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Studied by astronomers, Serpens Cloud Core is one of the youngest collections of stars ever seen in our galaxy. This infrared image combines data from NASA's Spitzer with shorter-wavelength observations from the Two Micron All Sky Survey.
PIA18014:
The 'Serpent' Star-Forming Cloud Spawns Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-22 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This artistically enhanced image from NASA's WISE data shows galaxies clumped together in the Fornax cluster, located 60 million light-years from Earth.
PIA18012:
The Clumping Behavior of Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. A large cloud looms in the center of this image of the galactic plane from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA18010:
Mapping the Densest Dusty Cloud Cores
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-07 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This composite image shows one of the clusters, NGC 2024, which is found in the center of the so-called Flame Nebula about 1,400 light years from Earth. Astronomers have studied two star clusters using NASA's Chandra and infrared telescopes.
PIA18249:
Inside the Flame Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-06 Planck
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The magnetic field of our Milky Way galaxy as seen by ESA's Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of polarized light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way.
PIA18048:
Magnetic Map of Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-01 Ganymede 3300x2550x3
This artist's concept of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system, illustrates the 'club sandwich' model of its interior oceans. Scientists suspect Ganymede has a massive ocean under an icy crust.
PIA18005:
Possible "Moonwich" of Ice and Oceans on Ganymede (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-29 Herschel Space Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
HIFI
WFC3
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The young galaxy SDSS090122.37+181432.3, also known as S0901, is seen here by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope as the bright arc to the left of the central bright galaxy.
PIA18004:
Smeared and Magnified Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This diagram illustrates the locations of the star systems closest to the sun. The year when the distance to each system was determined is listed after the system's name.
PIA18003:
Welcome to the Sun's Neighborhood
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This frame from an animation shows the coldest brown dwarf yet seen, and the fourth closest system to our sun. Called WISE J085510.83-071442.5, this dim object was discovered through its rapid motion across the sky.
PIA18002:
Cold and Quick: a Fast-Moving Brown Dwarf Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-25 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's conception shows the object named WISE J085510.83-071442.5, the coldest known brown dwarf. Brown dwarfs are dim star-like bodies that lack the mass to burn nuclear fuel as stars do.
PIA18001:
Cold and Close Celestial Orb (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-17 Kepler
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This diagram compares the planets of our inner solar system to Kepler-186, a five-planet star system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
PIA18000:
Kepler-186 and the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-17 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone, a range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the planet's surface.
PIA17999:
Kepler-186f, the First Earth-size Planet in the Habitable Zone (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-14 Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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Known as IRAS 20324+4057 ('The Tadpole'), taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 2012, shows a bright blue tadpole as it appears to swim through the inky blackness of space.
PIA18168:
The Tadpole and the Wriggler
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Researchers have detected the first 'exomoon' candidate -- a moon orbiting a planet that lies outside our solar system. Using a technique called 'microlensing,' they observed what could be either a moon and a planet -- or a planet and a star.
PIA17998:
Moon or Planet? The 'Exomoon Hunt' Continues (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The galaxy NGC 4395 is shown here in infrared light, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This dwarf galaxy is relatively small in comparison with our Milky Way galaxy, which is nearly 1,000 times more massive.
PIA17997:
Bulgeless Galaxy Hides Black Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This mosaic reveals a panorama of the Milky Way from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This picture covers only about three percent of the sky, but includes more than half of the galaxy's stars and the majority of its star formation activity.
PIA17996:
GLIMPSE the Galaxy All the Way Around
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Gemini Observatory
WISE Telescope
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The third closest star system to the sun, called WISE J104915.57-531906, center of large image, which was taken by NASA's WISE. It appeared to be a single object, but a sharper image from Gemini Observatory, revealed that it was binary star system.
PIA17992:
Brown Dwarfs in our 'Backyard'
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