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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-20 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Herschel telescope, illustrates an icy planet-forming disk around a young star called TW Hydrae, located about 175 light-years away in the Hydra, or Sea Serpent, constellation.
PIA14870:
Misty Star in the Sea Serpent (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-20 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept illustrates what the flaring black hole called GX 339-4 might look like. Infrared observations from NASA's WISE reveal the best information yet on the chaotic and extreme environments of this black hole's jets.
PIA14730:
Flaring Black Hole (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception illustrates a storm of comets around a star near our own, called Eta Corvi. Evidence for this barrage comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared detectors.
PIA14739:
It's Raining Comets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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This chart compares the first Earth-size planets found around a sun-like star to planets in our own solar system, Earth and Venus. NASA's Kepler mission discovered the newfound planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f.
PIA14886:
Earth-class Planets Line Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the nebula nicknamed 'the Dragonfish.' This turbulent region, jam-packed with stars, is home to some of the most luminous massive stars in our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA14885:
Dragonfish Coming At You in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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This artist's concept flies through the Kepler-20 star system, where NASA's Kepler mission discovered the first Earth-size planets around a star beyond our own. The system is jam-packed with five planets.
PIA14887:
An Unusual Planetary System (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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Kepler-20e is the first planet smaller than the Earth discovered to orbit a star other than the sun. A year on Kepler-20e only lasts 6 days, as it is much closer to its host star than the Earth is to the sun.
PIA14888:
Kepler-20e -- The Smallest Exoplanet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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Kepler-20f is the closest object to the Earth in terms of size ever discovered. With an orbital period of 20 days and a surface temperature of 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 degrees Celsius), it is too hot to host life, as we know it.
PIA14889:
Kepler-20f -- An Earth-size World (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-11 Kepler
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This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes, depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system -- so compact, in fact, that it's more like Jupiter and its moons than a star and its planets.
PIA15257:
Mini Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-11 Kepler
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Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes recently discovered the three smallest exoplanets known to circle another star, called KOI-961.01, KOI-961.02 and KOI-961.03.
PIA15258:
Sizing Up Exoplanets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-11 Kepler
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This artist's conception compares the KOI-961 planetary system to Jupiter and the largest four of its many moons. The KOI-961 planetary system hosts the three smallest planets known to orbit a star beyond our sun.
PIA15259:
'Honey I Shrunk the Planetary System' (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the solid form of buckyballs in space for the first time. To form a solid particle, the buckyballs must stack together, as illustrated in this artist's concept showing the very beginnings of the process.
PIA15266:
Building a Buckyball Particle in Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-12 Herschel Space Observatory
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New data from the Herschel Space Observatory suggest comets are constantly smashing together around the star Fomalhaut, a young star, just a few hundred million years old, and twice as massive as the sun.
PIA15425:
Herschel Spots Comet Massacre Around Nearby Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-17 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This composite of 30 Doradus, the Tarantula Nebula, contains data from Chandra (blue), Hubble (green), and Spitzer (red). Located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, the Tarantula Nebula is one of the largest star-forming regions close to the Milky Way.
PIA14415:
A New View of the Tarantula Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-02 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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These images, taken with NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Hawaii, show a brightening inside a galaxy caused by a flare from its nucleus. The arrow in each image points to the galaxy.
PIA15620:
Black Hole Swallows a Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows how NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to detect a super Earth's direct light for the first time using its sensitive heat-seeking infrared vision.
PIA15622:
First-of-Its-Kind Glimpse at a Super Earth (Artist Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts 55 Cancri e as it orbits its star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, captured the light emanating from a distant super Earth, a planet more massive than Earth but lighter than Neptune.
PIA15623:
Super Earth Reveals Itself to Spitzer (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This graphic illuminates the process by which astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have, for the first time, detected the light from a super Earth planet.
PIA15624:
Measuring Brightness of Super Earth 55 Cancri e
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-09 Herschel Space Observatory
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Herschel Space Observatory has shown that galaxies with the most powerful, active, supermassive black holes at their cores produce fewer stars than galaxies with less active black holes in this artist concept.
PIA15625:
Artist's Concept: Active Black Hole Squashes Star Formation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-14 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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Evidence from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer supports the long-held notion that many galaxies begin life as smaller spirals before transforming into larger, elliptical-shaped galaxies.
PIA15656:
Portrait of a Galaxy's Life
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-21 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts a comet-like tail of a possible disintegrating super Mercury-size planet candidate as it transits, or crosses, its parent star, named KIC 12557548. The results are based on data from NASA's Kepler mission.
PIA15629:
Possible Disintegrating Planet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, or M101, in the constellation of Ursa Major, combines data from four of NASA's space telescopes. The view shows that both young and old stars are evenly distributed along M101's tightly wound spiral arms.
PIA15630:
Pinwheel Galaxy Rainbow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is an alien world just two-thirds the size of Earth -- one of the smallest on record.
PIA15808:
Exoplanet is Extremely Hot and Incredibly Close (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-31 1259x944x3
Artist's concept illustrates a quasar, or feeding black hole, similar to APM 08279+5255, where astronomers discovered huge amounts of water vapor. Gas and dust likely form a torus around the central black hole, with clouds of charged gas above and below.
PIA16114:
Quasar Drenched in Water Vapor (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have greatly improved the cosmic distance ladder used to measure the expansion rate of the universe, its size and age. This artist's concept symbolically shows a series of stars that have known distances.
PIA15818:
Climbing the Cosmic Distance Ladder (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-11 Exoplanet
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A hypothetical planet is depicted in this artist's concept moving through the habitable zone and then further out into a long, cold winter.
PIA15800:
Eccentric Habitable Zones (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-15 2400x2400x3
This image of the Beehive star cluster points out the location of its first known planets, Pr0201b and Pr0211b, or, as astronomers call them, the first 'b's' in the Beehive.
PIA15801:
Bees in the Beehive
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-15 4800x2700x3
Astronomers have discovered two gas giant planets orbiting stars in the Beehive cluster, a collection of about 1,000 tightly packed stars.
PIA15802:
Starry Starry Skies (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-18 1439x1080x3
Researchers are brewing up icy, organic concoctions in the lab to mimic materials at the edge of our solar system and beyond. The lab is shown at right, and a very young solar system, with its swirling planet-forming disk is at left.
PIA15805:
Ice from the Solar System's Edge (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concepts shows new research from scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggests that a mysterious infrared glow across our whole sky is coming from stray stars torn from galaxies.
PIA16216:
Spitzer Sees Stray Starlight (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows three possible scenarios for the evolution of asteroid belts. At the top, a Jupiter-size planet migrates through the asteroid belt, scattering material and inhibiting the formation of life on planets.
PIA16212:
Scenarios for the Evolution of Asteroid Belts
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-07 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Isaac Newton Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The Milky Way and other galaxies in the universe harbor many young star clusters and associations that each contain hundreds to thousands of hot, massive, young stars known as O and B stars.
PIA16438:
A Nearby Stellar Cradle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows plasma flows around NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft as it approaches interstellar space. Voyager 1's low-energy charged particle instrument detects the speed of the wind of plasma, or hot ionized gas, streaming off the sun.
PIA16483:
Plasma Flow Near Voyager 1 (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows the different expected directions of the magnetic fields in interstellar space (black lines) and the magnetic field emanating from our sun (white lines) as NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft travels northward out of the heliosphere.
PIA16485:
Solar and Interstellar Magnetic Fields (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This image from a set of animations show NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a new region in our solar system called the 'magnetic highway'.
PIA16486:
Voyager 1 Explores the "Magnetic Highway" Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-06 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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A galaxy cluster 7.7 billion light-years away has been discovered using infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The discovery image is shown in the main panel.
PIA16601:
WISE Finds a Galactic Metropolis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-13 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Very Large Space Telescope (VLT)
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The spiral galaxy NGC 3627, located about 30 million light years from Earth as seen by four NASA telescopes; inset shows the central region, which contains a bright X-ray source that is likely powered by material falling onto a supermassive black hole.
PIA15806:
NGC 3627: Revealing Hidden Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception illustrates the brown dwarf named 2MASSJ22282889-431026. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes observed the object to learn more about its turbulent atmosphere.
PIA16609:
Forecast for Exotic Weather (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates an asteroid belt around the bright star Vega. Evidence for this warm ring of debris was found using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory.
PIA16610:
Rocky Ring of Debris Around Vega (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-10 ESO Very Large Telescope
Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This composite of the giant barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 is 522,000 light-years across, making it about five times the size of the Milky Way.
PIA16613:
Dwarf Galaxy Spotted
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-10 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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Computer simulations of the collision between NGC 6872 and IC 4970 reproduce the basic features of the galaxies as we see them today.
PIA16614:
Simulation of Galactic Collision (Simulation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-07 934x935x3
Two young binary stars may be the source of mysterious clock-like bursts of light from an object called LRLL 54361 that lies inside the star-forming region IC 348, located 950 light-years away.
PIA16689:
Artist's Impression of Pulsating Object LRLL 54361
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-07 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a police strobe light.
PIA16690:
Protostar LRLL 54361
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-07 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's concept illustrates the frenzied activity at the core of our Milky Way galaxy. The galactic center hosts a supermassive black hole in the region known as Sagittarius A*, or Sgr A*, with a mass of about four million times that of our sun.
PIA17009:
Hustle and Bustle at Center of Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star like our sun, approximately 210 light-years away in the constellation Lyra.
PIA16693:
A Tiny Planet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler mission compares artist's concepts of the planets in the Kepler-37 system to the moon and planets in the solar system. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon.
PIA16694:
A Moon-size Line Up (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
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This artist's concept illustrates a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun. Supermassive black holes are enormously dense objects buried at the hearts of galaxies.
PIA16695:
Black Holes: Monsters in Space (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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Black holes are tremendous objects whose immense gravity can distort and twist space-time, the fabric that shapes our universe as this chart from NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescope illustrates.
PIA16696:
How to Measure the Spin of a Black Hole (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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Scientists measure the spin rates of supermassive black holes by spreading the X-ray light into different colors. The light comes from accretion disks that swirl around black holes, as shown in both of the artist's concepts.
PIA16697:
Two Models of Black Hole Spin (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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This image taken by the ultraviolet-light monitoring camera on the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton telescope shows the beautiful spiral arms of the galaxy NGC1365.
PIA16699:
NuSTAR's Improved View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This map shows the oldest light in our universe, as detected with the greatest precision yet by ESA's Planck mission. The ancient light, called the cosmic microwave background, was imprinted on the sky when the universe was 370,000 years old.
PIA16873:
Best Map Ever of the Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This graphic illustrates the evolution of satellites designed to measure ancient light leftover from the big bang that created our universe 13.8 billion years ago; NASA's COBE Explorer (left) and WMAP (middle), and ESA's Planck (right).
PIA16874:
The Universe Comes into Sharper Focus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This full-sky map from ESA's Planck mission shows matter between Earth and the edge of the observable universe. Regions with less mass show up as lighter areas while regions with more mass are darker.
PIA16875:
Map of Matter in the Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This illustration summarizes the almost 14-billion-year-long history of our universe. It shows the main events that occurred between the initial phase of the cosmos.
PIA16876:
The Story of Our Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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ESA's Planck mission has imaged the oldest light in our universe. The top map shows Planck's all-sky map of the cosmic microwave background, whereas the bottom map shows the largest-scale features of the map.
PIA16877:
Peculiar Features in Patterns of Ancient Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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ESA's Planck has imaged the most distant light we can observe, called the cosmic microwave background, with unprecedented precision.
PIA16880:
Through the Universe's Looking Glass Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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Tones represents sound waves that traveled through the early universe, and were later 'heard' by ESA's Planck space telescope. The primordial sound waves have been translated into frequencies we can hear.
PIA16881:
Sounds of the Ancient Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This artist's concept depicts the 'life' of a photon, or particle of light, as it travels across space and time, from the very early universe ESA's Planck satellite.
PIA16882:
A Journey of Light Through Space and Time Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-04 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts an ultra-dense dead star, called a white dwarf, passing in front of a small red star. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler was able to detect gravitational lensing by measuring a strangely subtle dip in the star's brightness.
PIA16885:
Dead Star Warps Light of Red Star (Artist's Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-04 Kepler
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This chart shows data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, which looks for planets by monitoring changes in the brightness of stars. As planets orbit in front of a star, they block the starlight, causing periodic dips.
PIA16886:
White Dwarfs: Small and Strong
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-17 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's impression shows the 'starburst' galaxy HFLS3. The galaxy appears as little more than a faint, red smudge in images from the Herschel space observatory.
PIA16887:
Artist's Impression of Starburst Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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Relative sizes of Kepler habitable zone planets discovered as of 2013 April 18. Except for Earth, these are artists' renditions.
PIA16888:
Lining Kepler Habitable Zone Planets Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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This diagram compares the planets of the inner solar system to Kepler-62, a five-planet system about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. At seven billion years old, the star is somewhat older than the sun.
PIA16889:
Kepler-62 and the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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This diagram compares the planets of the inner solar system to Kepler-69, a two-planet system about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
PIA17000:
Kepler-69 and the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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The artist's concept depicts Kepler-62f, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star smaller and cooler than the sun, located about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra.
PIA17001:
Kepler-62f, a Small Habitable Zone World (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts in the foreground planet Kepler-62f, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of its star, which is seen peeking out from behind the right edge of the planet.
PIA17002:
Morning Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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The artist's concept depicts Kepler-69c, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star like our sun, located about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
PIA17003:
Super-Venus (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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The artist's concept depicts Kepler-62e, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star smaller and cooler than the sun, located about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra.
PIA17004:
Kepler-62e (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-22 Herschel Space Observatory
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This frame from a simulation shows the merging of two massive galaxies. The merging galaxies are split into two views: a visible-light view on the left, and infrared view on the right.
PIA17012:
Mega Galaxy Merger Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-22 Herschel Space Observatory
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ESA's Herschel Space Observatory first spotted the colliding duo in images taken with longer-wavelength infrared light (left) with a close-up view at right, with merging galaxies circled.
PIA17013:
The Making of a Giant Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-24 899x709x3
Created with the help of supercomputers, this frame from a simulation shows the formation of a massive galaxy during the first 2 billion years of the universe.
PIA17014:
Cosmic Swirly Straws Feed Galaxy Animation Icon
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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 2013-06-27 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 2013-06-27 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 2013-07-17 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 2013-07-31 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 2013-09-05 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 2013-09-12 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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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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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 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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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 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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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
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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 2013-10-25 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 2013-11-26 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 2013-12-03 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 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 2014-02-07 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 2014-02-19 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 2014-02-27 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 2014-03-06 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 2014-03-07 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 2011-03-29 Kuiper Belt 2100x1995x3
These artist's concepts show some of the best known objects found outside Neptune's orbit. Included are Pluto and fellow plutinos, Kuiper Belt Objects, and an Oort Cloud object.
PIA17308:
Transneptunian Object Sizes (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-15 Sol (our sun) SOHO
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Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) was launched in December 1995 by an Atlas Centaur rocket and became operational in March 1996.
PIA18170:
SOHO Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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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 2014-04-17 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 2014-04-17 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 2014-04-25 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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