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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
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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
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-10 Exoplanet 4200x2363x3
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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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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A nearby star, called WISEA J204027.30+695924, stands out in red in this image from the Second Generation Digitized Sky Survey.
PIA17991:
A New Solar Neighbor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Magnetic loops carrying gas and dust above disks of planet-forming material circling stars are shown in this artist's conception, which NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detects as infrared light.
PIA17849:
Loops of Gas and Dust Rise from Planetary Disks (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 Kepler
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This illustration shows the unusual orbit of planet Kepler-413b around a close pair of orange and red dwarf stars. The planet's 66-day orbit is tilted 2.5 degrees with respect to the plane of the binary stars' orbit.
PIA17848:
Star System Bonanza (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The closest supernova of its kind to be observed in the last few decades, M82 or the 'Cigar galaxy,' has sparked a global observing campaign involving legions of instruments on the ground and in space, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA17847:
Seeing Through a Veil of Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The red arc in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a giant shock wave, created by a speeding star known as Kappa Cassiopeiae.
PIA17843:
Speedster Star Shocks the Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 Chandra X-ray Observatory
NuSTAR
Chandra X-ray Telescope
NuSTAR
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The images at the top of this graphic represent two popular models describing how stars blast apart. The models point to different triggers of the explosion. Jet-driven models are illustrated with an artist's concept shown at left.
PIA17846:
NuSTAR Data Point to Sloshing Supernovas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 NuSTAR
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NuSTAR has provided the first observational evidence in support of a theory that says exploding stars slosh around before detonating. That theory, referred to as mild asymmetries, is shown here in a simulation by Christian Ott.
PIA17845:
Sloshing Star Goes Supernova Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 Chandra X-ray Observatory
NuSTAR
Chandra X-ray Telescope
NuSTAR
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A massive star (left), which has created elements as heavy as iron in its interior, blows up in a tremendous explosion (middle), scattering its outer layers in a structure called a supernova remnant (right).
PIA17844:
Evolution of a Supernova
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 Chandra X-ray Observatory
NuSTAR
Chandra X-ray Telescope
NuSTAR
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When astronomers first looked at images of a supernova remnant called Cassiopeia A, captured by NASA's NuSTAR. The mystery of Cassiopeia A (Cas A), a massive star that exploded in a supernova more than 11,000 years ago continues to confound scientists.
PIA17842:
The Case of Missing Iron in Cassiopeia A
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 Chandra X-ray Observatory
NuSTAR
Chandra X-ray Telescope
NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR has, for the first time, imaged the radioactive 'guts' of a supernova remnant, the leftover remains of a star that exploded. The NuSTAR data are blue, and show high-energy X-rays.
PIA17841:
Radioactive Core of a Dead Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This diagram illustrates why NASA's NuSTAR can see radioactivity in the remains of exploded stars for the first time. The observatory detects high-energy X-ray photons that are released by a radioactive substance called titanium-44.
PIA17840:
The Creation of Titanium in Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 Chandra X-ray Observatory
NuSTAR
Chandra X-ray Telescope
NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR is complementing previous observations of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant (red and green) by providing the first maps of radioactive material forged in the fiery explosion (blue).
PIA17839:
Adding a New "Color" to Palate of Cassiopeia A Images
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 Chandra X-ray Observatory
NuSTAR
Chandra X-ray Telescope
NuSTAR
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This is the first map of radioactivity in a supernova remnant, the blown-out bits and pieces of a massive star that exploded. The blue color shows radioactive material mapped in high-energy X-rays using NASA's NuSTAR.
PIA17838:
Untangling the Remains of Cassiopeia A
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-11 Sol (our sun) Solar Dynamic Observatory
Atmospheric Imaging Assembly
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The dark region seen on the face of the sun at the end of March 2013 is a coronal hole (just above and to the right of the middle of the picture), which is a source of fast solar wind leaving the sun in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory.
PIA17669:
Pulses from the Sun
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-07 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744 was obtained with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The zoomed image shows the region around the galaxy Abell2744_Y1, one of the most distant galaxy candidates known.
PIA17837:
Pushing the Limits of the Observable Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-04 Kepler
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This illustration shows the unusual orbit of planet Kepler-413b around a close pair of orange and red dwarf stars. The planet's 66-day orbit is tilted 2.5 degrees with respect to the plane of the binary stars' orbit.
PIA17836:
Wobbly Planet Orbital Schematic (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-30 Hubble Space Telescope
Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
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This image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows Herbig-Haro 30, the prototype of a gas-rich 'young stellar object' disk around a star.
PIA17835:
Dark Disks Around Young Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-29 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Radiation and winds from massive stars have blown a cavity into the surrounding dust and gas, creating the Trifid nebula, as seen here in infrared light by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
PIA17834:
Storm of Stars in the Trifid Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-28 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE mission captured images of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring. The infrared pictures reveal a comet that is active and very dusty.
PIA17833:
NEOWISE Spies Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-09 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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A range of supermassive black holes lights up this new image from NASA's NuSTAR. All of the dots are active black holes tucked inside the hearts of galaxies, with colors representing different energies of X-ray light.
PIA17567:
Different Flavors of Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-09 NuSTAR
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Nicknamed the 'Hand of God,' this object is called a pulsar wind nebula, imaged by NASA's NuSTAR. It's powered by the leftover, dense core of a star that blew up in a supernova explosion.
PIA17566:
High-Energy X-ray View of 'Hand of God'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-07 Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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This long-exposure image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of massive galaxy cluster Abell 2744 is the deepest ever made of any cluster of galaxies. Shown in the foreground is Abell 2744, located in the constellation Sculptor.
PIA17569:
Hubble Frontier Field Abell 2744
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-07 Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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The view is a composite of images taken in visible and near-infrared light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Researchers have circled four unusually red objects that appear as they existed just 500 million years after the big bang.
PIA17568:
Distant Galaxies in Goods North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-19 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This is one of the first images captured by the revived NEOWISE mission, after more than two years of hibernation. It shows a patch of sky in the constellation Canes Venatici, or the Hunting Dogs.
PIA17810:
NEOWISE Opens its Eyes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The collection of red dots seen here show one of several very distant galaxy clusters discovered by combining ground-based optical data from the NOAO's Kitt Peak National Observatory with infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA17565:
Galactic Metropolis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-12 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A dying star, called the Helix nebula, is shown surrounded by the tracks of asteroids in an image captured by NASA's WISE. Skirting around the edges of the Helix nebula are the footprints of asteroids marching across the field of view.
PIA17564:
March of Asteroids Across Dying Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-12 Herschel Space Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
PACS
Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
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This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA17563:
Crab Nebula, as Seen by Herschel and Hubble
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-03 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, helped lead astronomers to what appears to be a new example of a dancing black hole duo.
PIA17562:
Two Black Holes on Way to Becoming One (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-26 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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The magenta spots in this image from NASA's NuSTAR show two black holes in the spiral galaxy called NGC 1313, or the Topsy Turvy galaxy, located about 13 million light-years away in the Reticulum constellation.
PIA17561:
Topsy Turvy Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-26 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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Magenta spots in this image from NASA's NuSTAR show two black holes in the Circinus galaxy, located 13 million light-years from Earth in the Circinus constellation.
PIA17560:
Black Holes of the Circinus Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-26 Hubble Space Telescope
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Warping occurs naturally in nature in a phenomenon called strong gravitational lensing as shown in this image simulated from original images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA17559:
Warped Galaxies Quiz
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Subaru Telescope
IRAC
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The big blob-like structure shown here, named Himiko after the legendary ancient queen of Japan, turns out to be three galaxies thought to be in the process of merging into one.
PIA17558:
Three-headed Galactic Blob
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The new AllWISE catalog will bring distant galaxies that were once invisible out of hiding, as illustrated in this image. At right, a portion of the sky available before the AllWISE project; at left, the same part of the sky in a new AllWISE image.
PIA17557:
AllWISE Brings Galaxies Out of Hiding
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Jansky 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 2013-11-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
ALMA
IRAC
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Combined observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed the throes of stellar birth in the well-studied object known as HH 46/47.
PIA17555:
Bubbly Newborn Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
GALEX Telescope
WISE Telescope
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Evidence from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and Galaxy Evolution Explorer missions provide support for the 'inside-out' theory of galaxy evolution, which holds that star formation starts at the core of the galaxy and spreads outward.
PIA17554:
Galaxies Grow from Inside Out
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-30 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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An infrared portrait of the Witch Head nebula from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows billowy clouds where new stars are brewing.
PIA17553:
'Witch Head' Brews Baby Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This trio of ghostly images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the disembodied remains of dying stars called planetary nebulas. Planetary nebulas are a late stage in a sun-like star's life.
PIA17552:
Death Beckons Three Aging Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-25 Hubble Space Telescope
ALMA
Hubble Space Telescope
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The Boomerang nebula, called the 'coldest place in the universe,' reveals its true shape to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope. The background blue structure, is seen in visible light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA17551:
Ghostly 'Boomerang'
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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)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-30 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
Kepler Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Kepler-7b (right), which is 1.5 times the radius of Jupiter (left), is the first exoplanet to have its clouds mapped. The cloud map was produced using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.
PIA17445:
Partially Cloudy Skies on Kepler-7b (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This schematic shows our solar bubble moving through nearby interstellar space, or the space between stars.
PIA17463:
Heliosphere Traveling Through Interstellar Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space. Interstellar space is dominated by the plasma, or ionized gas, that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars millions of years ago.
PIA17462:
Voyager 1 Entering Interstellar Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
Oschin Schmidt Telescope
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The image taken by the Oschin Schmidt Telescope, shows the star AC +79 3888, also known as Gliese 445. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, which is on a trajectory out of our solar system, is headed toward an encounter with AC +79 3888 (circled in red).
PIA17461:
Heading toward Gliese 445
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This artist's concept shows the outer layers of our solar bubble, or heliosphere, and nearby interstellar space. NASA's Voyager 1 is currently exploring a region of interstellar space.
PIA17460:
Moving into Interstellar Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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The artist's concept on left is based on theoretical models predicting the direction and strength of magnetic field lines coming from the sun and interstellar space.
PIA17442:
Mystery of the Interstellar Magnetic Field (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This graphic of Voyager 1 shows its location when it crossed into interstellar space.
PIA17441:
Observed Change in Density Shows Voyager is in Interstellar Space
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager spacecraft against a backdrop of stars.
PIA17049:
Voyager in Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows the general locations of NASA's two Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 1 (top) has sailed beyond our solar bubble into interstellar space. Voyager 2 (bottom) is still exploring the outer layer of the solar bubble.
PIA17048:
One Voyager Out, One Voyager In (Artist Concept)
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Very Long Baseline Array
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Radio telescopes cannot see Voyager 1 in visible light, but rather
PIA17047:
Voyager Signal Spotted By Earth Radio Telescopes
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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)
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Plasma Wave Instrument
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This visual represents sounds captured of interstellar space by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft. Voyager 1's plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma.
PIA17045:
Voyager Captures Sounds of Interstellar Space Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The locations of brown dwarfs discovered by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, and mapped by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, are shown in this diagram as red circles.
PIA17259:
Brown Dwarf Backyardigans
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept portrays a free-floating brown dwarf, or failed star. A new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows that several of these objects are warmer than previously thought.
PIA17258:
Free-floating Failed Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-05 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR's serendipitous discovery in this field lies to the left of a galaxy, called IC751, at which the telescope originally intended to look.
PIA17440:
Black Holes Shine for NuSTAR
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this new view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA17256:
The Barred Sculptor Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Massive stars can wreak havoc on their surroundings, as can be seen in this new view of the Carina nebula from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA17257:
The Tortured Clouds of Eta Carinae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
IRAC
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This image shows two of the galaxy clusters observed by NASA's WISE and Spitzer Space Telescope missions. Galaxy clusters are among the most massive structures in the universe.
PIA17253:
Monster in the Middle: Brightest Cluster Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-31 Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this artist's impression, a pair of stars peeks out from a tilted disk twirling around them, allowing astronomers to monitor their 'blinking' pattern.
PIA17252:
Dusty Hula Hoop Rings 'Blinking' Stellar Duo (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-17 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows a Super Venus planet on the left, and a Super Earth on the right. Researchers use a concept known as the habitable zone to distinguish between these two types of planets, which exist beyond our solar system.
PIA17250:
Toxic Wasteland or Lush Paradise? (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 6744, one of the galaxies most similar to our Milky Way in the local universe.
PIA17247:
Big Brother to the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 4565, one of the nearest and brightest galaxies not included in the famous list by 18th-century comet hunter Charles Messier.
PIA17246:
Galaxy's Pencil-Thin Profile
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) shows Messier 94, also known as NGC 4736, in ultraviolet light. It is located 17 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici.
PIA17245:
Ultraviolet Ring of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-27 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a region called the 'depletion region' or 'magnetic highway' at the outer limits of our heliosphere, the bubble the sun blows around itself.
PIA17034:
Transitional Regions at the Heliosphere's Outer Limits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-27 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun.
PIA17033:
Voyagers in the Heliosheath (Cropped)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-11 Herschel Space Observatory
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This illustration shows a newfound reservoir of stellar fuel discovered by the Herschel space observatory.
PIA17243:
Mapping Invisible Pools of Gas in Our Galaxy (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-11 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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The Sculptor galaxy is seen in a new light, in this composite image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Southern Observatory in Chile.
PIA17244:
Sculptor Galaxy Shines with X-rays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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There are nearly 200 galaxies within the marked circles in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are part of the Perseus-Pisces supercluster of galaxies located 250 million light-years away.
PIA17241:
Galaxies in Hiding
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
IRAC
WISE Telescope
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In what may look to some like an undersea image of coral and seaweed, a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is showing the birth and death of stars.
PIA17019:
Life and Death Intermingled
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