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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-26 Perseus Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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A low activity, star-formation region in the constellation Perseus, as seen by the European Space Agency's Planck.
PIA13065:
Planck Sees Perseus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-26 Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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The big Hunter in the sky is seen in a new light by Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA participation. The long-wavelength image shows most of the constellation Orion, highlighting turbid clouds of cold material.
PIA13066:
Planck's View of Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-06 Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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This image of the microwave sky was synthesized using data spanning the range of light frequencies detected by ESA's Planck. A vast portion of the sky is dominated by the diffuse emission from gas and dust in our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA13239:
Planck's View of the Whole Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-13 Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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This all-sky image shows the spatial distribution over the whole sky of the galactic haze at 30 and 44 GHz, extracted from the Planck observations.
PIA15228:
The Mysterious Galactic Haze seen by Planck
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-21 Planck
Planck Space Telescope
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Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters Abell 399 (lower center) and Abell 401 (top left). The galaxy pair is located about a billion light-years from Earth.
PIA16466:
Bridging Cities of Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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 2004-03-15 Sedna Samuel Oschin Telescope
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This image shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' in relation to the rest of the solar system in 2004.
PIA05565:
Sedna Orbit Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-15 Sedna Samuel Oschin Telescope
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In this artist's visualization, the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' is shown where it resides at the outer edges of the known solar system.
PIA05566:
Artist's Concept of Sedna
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-15 Sedna Samuel Oschin Telescope
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The artist's rendition shows the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' in relation to other bodies in the solar system, including Earth and its Moon; Pluto; and Quaoar, a planetoid beyond Pluto.
PIA05567:
Sedna Size Comparisons (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-15 Sedna Samuel Oschin Telescope
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These three panels show the first detection of the faint distant object dubbed 'Sedna.' Imaged on November 14th from 6:32 to 9:38 Universal Time, Sedna was identified by the slight shift in position noted in these three pictures taken at different times.
PIA05568:
Sedna Discovery Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-15 Sedna Samuel Oschin Telescope
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These four panels show the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' which lies in the farthest reaches of our solar system.
PIA05569:
Sedna Orbit Comparisons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first three-dimensional images of the Sun. The structure of the corona shows well in this image.
PIA09320:
Full Disk Image of the Sun, March 26, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first three-dimensional images of the Sun. The structure of the corona shows well in this image. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA09321:
Full Disk Image of the Sun, March 26, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first three-dimensional images of the Sun. The structure of the corona shows well in this image.
PIA09322:
Close-up View of an Active Region of the Sun, March 23, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.
PIA09324:
Closer View of the Equatorial Region of the Sun, March 24, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.
PIA09326:
Right Limb of the South Pole of the Sun, March 18, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.
PIA09328:
North Pole of the Sun, March 20, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. .
PIA09330:
South Pole of the Sun, March 20, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.
PIA09332:
Left Limb of North Pole of the Sun, March 20, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09323:
Close-up View of an Active Region of the Sun, March 23, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09325:
Closer View of the Equatorial Region of the Sun, March 24, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09327:
Right Limb of the South Pole of the Sun, March 18, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09329:
North Pole of the Sun, March 20, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09331:
South Pole of the Sun, March 20, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09333:
Left Limb of North Pole of the Sun, March 20, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-11 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
SDSS
Very Large Array (VLA)
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NASA's GALEX reveals the true nature of UGC 1382, dubbed the 'Frankenstein galaxy.' Scientists have discovered that UGC 1382 is a giant, and one of the largest isolated galaxies known.
PIA20695:
Frankenstein Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-02 Herschel Space Observatory
SPIRE
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This image from the Herschel Observatory, a European Space Agency mission, reveals some of the coldest and darkest material in our galaxy. The yellow filaments show the coldest dust dotted with the youngest embryonic stars.
PIA12252:
Dark Wombs of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-02 Herschel Space Observatory
SPIRE
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In this infrared view from the Herschel Observatory, a European Space Agency mission, blue shows the warmest dust, and red, the coolest. The choppy clouds of gas and dust are just starting to condense into new stars.
PIA12253:
Dark Star-Making Factory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-17 Herschel Space Observatory
SPIRE
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ESA's Herschel Space Observatory has discovered a giant, galaxy-packed filament ablaze with billions of new stars. The filament connects two clusters of galaxies that, along with a third cluster, will smash together in several billion years.
PIA15659:
A Star-Bursting Filament
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-28 M31 Herschel Space Observatory
SPIRE
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The ring-like swirls of dust filling the Andromeda galaxy stand out colorfully in this new image from the Herschel Space Observatory.
PIA16681:
Andromeda's Colorful Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This graph illustrates the Cepheid period-luminosity relationship, used to calculate the size, age and expansion rate of the universe. The data shown are from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope which has made the most precise measurements yet.
PIA15819:
Cepheids as Cosmology Tools
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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 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 2014-11-10 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 2015-08-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Scores of baby stars shrouded by dust are revealed in this infrared image of the star-forming region NGC 2174, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Found in the constellation Orion, NGC 2174 is located around 6,400 light-years away.
PIA19836:
Seeing Beyond the 'Monkey Head'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope celebrated its 12th anniversary with a new digital calendar showcasing some of the mission's most notable discoveries and popular cosmic eye candy.
PIA19872:
NASA's Spitzer 12th Anniversary Space Calendar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The galaxy cluster called MOO J1142+1527 can be seen here as it existed when light left it 8.5 billion years ago. The red galaxies at the center of the image from NASA's Spitzer make up the heart of the galaxy cluster.
PIA20052:
A Giant Gathering of Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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An age-defying star called IRAS 19312+1950 stands out as extremely bright inside a large, chemically rich cloud of material, as shown in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA20914:
Age-Defying Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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These nebulae seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, display two regions of star formation that are hidden behind a haze of dust when viewed in visible light, known officially y their catalog numbers, IRAS 19340+2016 and IRAS19343+2026.
PIA20917:
Enterprising Nebulae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-28 Abell 2744 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, also called Pandora's Cluster, was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The gravity of this galaxy cluster is strong enough that it acts as a lens to magnify images of more distant background galaxies.
PIA20920:
'Pandora's Cluster' Seen by Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The magnetic field lines of the the Cigar Galaxy (also called M82) appear in this composite image produced by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The lines follow the bipolar outflows (red) generated by exceptionally high rates of star formation.
PIA23010:
The Cigar Galaxy's Magnetic Field
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-04-25 Messier 87 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The galaxy M87, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is home to a supermassive black hole that spews two jets of material out into space at nearly the speed of light.
PIA23122:
Spitzer Captures Messier 87
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-09-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust full of bubbles, which are inflated by wind and radiation from massive young stars.
PIA23402:
Spitzer Spots Bubbles and Bow Shocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust carved out by a massive star. A drawing overlaid on the image reveals why researchers nicknamed this region the Jack-o-lantern Nebula.
PIA23403:
The Jack-o-Lantern Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows a collection of gas and dust over 500 light-years across, the Perseus Molecular Cloud, hosts an abundance of young stars.
PIA23405:
Perseus Molecular Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this artist's rendering of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in space, the background is shown in infrared light.
PIA23643:
Spitzer Space Telescope (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Tarantula Nebula in two wavelengths of infrared light, each represented by a different color.
PIA23646:
Tarantula Nebula Spitzer 2-Color Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Tarantula Nebula in infrared light.
PIA23647:
Tarantula Nebula Spitzer 3-Color Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a brown dwarf, an object that is at least 13 times the mass of Jupiter but not massive enough to begin nuclear fusion in its core, which is the defining characteristic of a star.
PIA23684:
Spitzer Brown Dwarf Wind (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope took this image of the California Nebula on Jan. 25, 2020, five days before the spacecraft was decommissioned.
PIA23650:
Spitzer California Nebula Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This animation shows two massive black holes in the OJ 287 galaxy.
PIA23687:
Animation of Black Hole Disk Flare in OJ 287
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-08-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows the star-forming nebula W51, one of the largest star factories in the Milky Way galaxy.
PIA23865:
Spitzer Image of Star Factory W51
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Shown here are the Eagle, Omega, Triffid, and Lagoon Nebulae, imaged by NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope. These nebulae are part of a structure within the Milky Way's Sagittarius Arm that is poking out from the arm at a dramatic angle.
PIA24577:
Four Famous Nebulae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Spitzer Space Telescope
WISE Telescope
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Bow shocks thought to mark the paths of massive, speeding stars are highlighted in these images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
PIA20062:
Bow Shocks in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The TRAPPIST-1 star, an ultra-cool dwarf, has seven Earth-size planets orbiting it. This artist's concept appeared on the cover of the journal Nature in Feb. 23, 2017 announcing new results about the system.
PIA21421:
Abstract Concept of TRAPPIST-1 System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This artist's concept shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like, based on available data about the planets' diameters, masses and distances from the host star.
PIA21422:
TRAPPIST-1 Planet Lineup
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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Imagine standing on the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f. This artist's concept is one interpretation of what it could look like.
PIA21423:
Surface of TRAPPIST-1f
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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Three of the TRAPPIST-1 planets dwell in their star's so-called 'habitable zone,' shown in green. This is the band around the star where temperatures are just right, not too hot, not too cold, for liquid water to pool on the surface of an Earth-like world
PIA21424:
The TRAPPIST-1 Habitable Zone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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The first observations of the TRAPPIST-1 system reported in 2016 revealed three planets orbiting a small, red-dwarf star, though the exact location of the outermost one, was not well-determined (yellow band, top image).
PIA21426:
The Discovery of TRAPPIST-1 Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This frame from a video details a system of seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star.
PIA21427:
TRAPPIST-1 Planetary Orbits and Transits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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All seven planets discovered in orbit around the red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 could easily fit inside the orbit of Mercury, the innermost planet of our solar system.
PIA21428:
TRAPPIST-1 Comparison to Solar System and Jovian Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This illustration shows the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets as they might look as viewed from Earth using a fictional, incredibly powerful telescope. The sizes and relative positions are correctly to scale.
PIA21429:
Transit Illustration of TRAPPIST-1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This frame from a video depicts artist's concepts of each of the seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star. Over 21 days.
PIA21468:
TRAPPIST-1 Planets - Flyaround Animation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This artist's concept shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like from a vantage point near planet TRAPPIST-1f (at right).
PIA21751:
TRAPPIST-1 System - Artist Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This artist's concept shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like, based on available data about the planets' diameters, masses and distances from the host star, as of February 2018.
PIA22093:
TRAPPIST-1 Planet Lineup - Updated Feb. 2018
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This chart shows artist concepts of the seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 with their orbital periods, distances from their star, radii, masses, densities and surface gravity as compared to those of Earth. These numbers are current as of February 2018.
PIA22094:
TRAPPIST-1 Planet Lineup - Updated Feb. 2018
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This graph presents known properties of the seven TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets (labeled b through h), showing how they stack up to the inner rocky worlds in our own solar system.
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Comparing TRAPPIST-1 to the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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All seven planets discovered in orbit around the red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 could easily fit inside the orbit of Mercury, the innermost planet of our solar system. In fact, they would have room to spare.
PIA22096:
TRAPPIST-1 Compared to Jovian Moons and Inner Solar System - Updated Feb. 2018
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This illustration shows the seven Earth-size planets of TRAPPIST-1. The image does not show the planets' orbits to scale, but highlights possibilities for how the surfaces of these intriguing worlds might look.
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Illustration of TRAPPIST-1 Planets as of Feb. 2018
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This is a frame from a video which shows illustrations of the seven Earth-size planets of TRAPPIST-1, an exoplanet system about 40 light-years away, based on data current as of February 2018.
PIA22098:
TRAPPIST-1 Planet Animations
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Aitoff projection of the three-color composite JHKs source count map of the entire sky, based on 95,851,173 stars with Ks 13.5. What appears most prominently are the Galactic plane and the Galactic bulge.
PIA04203:
Entire Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-09 Antennae or Ring Tail galaxies Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Atlas Image mosaic, covering 7' x 7' on the sky of the interacting galaxies NGC 4038 and NGC 4039, better known as the Antennae, or Ring Tail galaxies. The two galaxies are engaged in a tug-of-war as they collide.
PIA04205:
Antennae
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Coma cluster Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Atlas Image mosaic, covering 34' x 34' on the sky, of the Coma cluster, aka Abell 1656. This is a particularly rich cluster of individual galaxies (over 1000 members), most prominently the two giant ellipticals, NGC 4874 (right) and NGC 4889 (left).
PIA04210:
Coma cluster of galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Trifid Nebula Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Atlas Image mosaic, covering 14.8' x 20.0' on the sky, of the Trifid Nebula, aka Messier 20 and NGC 6514. The Trifid is only about 1.5 degrees northwest on the sky of the larger Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) in the constellation Sagittarius
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Trifid Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-03-27 Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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This panoramic view encompasses the entire sky as seen by Two Micron All-Sky Survey. This image is centered on the core of our own Milky Way galaxy, toward the constellation of Sagittarius.
PIA04250:
Point Source All Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-03-27 Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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This panoramic view encompasses the entire sky and reveals the distribution of galaxies beyond the Milky Way galaxy, which astronomers call extended sources, as observed by Two Micron All-Sky Survey.
PIA04251:
Extended Source/Galaxy All Sky 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-03-27 Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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This panoramic view of the entire sky reveals the distribution of galaxies beyond our Milky Way galaxy, which astronomers call extended sources, as observed by Two Micron All-Sky Survey.
PIA04252:
Extended Source/Galaxy All Sky 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-11 NGC 300 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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Young hot blue stars dominate the outer spiral arms of nearby galaxy NGC 300, while the older stars congregate in the nuclear regions which appear yellow-green in this image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA07828:
Classic Galaxy with Glamour
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-25 NGC 4625 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image shows the hidden spiral arms that were discovered around the galaxy called NGC 4625 (top) by the ultraviolet eyes of NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. An armless companion galaxy called NGC 4618 is pictured below.
PIA03541:
Look at my Arms!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-25 NGC 4625 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image highlights the hidden spiral arms (blue) that were discovered around the nearby galaxy NGC 4625 by the ultraviolet eyes of NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA03536:
Hello to Arms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-25 NGC 4625 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image shows two companion galaxies, NGC 4625 (top) and NGC 4618 (bottom), and their surrounding cocoons of cool hydrogen gas (purple). The huge set of spiral arms on NGC 4625 (blue) was discovered by the ultraviolet eyes of NASA's GALEX.
PIA03540:
Galactic Halos of Hydrogen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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New ultraviolet images from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows a speeding star that is leaving an enormous trail of 'seeds' for new solar systems. The star, named Mira (pronounced my-rah) after the latin word for 'wonderful.'
PIA09958:
Mira Soars Through the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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A close-up view of a star racing through space faster than a speeding bullet can be seen in this image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The star is called Mira (pronounced My-rah).
PIA09959:
Anatomy of a Shooting Star
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Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This artist's concept illustrates a star flying through our galaxy at supersonic speeds, leaving a 13-light-year-long trail of glowing material in its wake. The star, named Mira (pronounced my-rah) after the latin word for 'wonderful.'
PIA09960:
A Real Shooting Star (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer discovered an exceptionally long comet-like tail of material trailing behind Mira -- a star that has been studied thoroughly for about 400 years.
PIA09961:
Mira's Tail There All Along
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-14 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 300, located about seven million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor. It is a classic spiral galaxy with open arms and vigorous star formation throughout.
PIA10113:
NGC 300
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-14 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 1291, located about 33 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus. NGC 1291 is notable for its unusual inner bar and outer ring structure.
PIA10114:
NGC 1291
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-14 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 4569 in the constellation Virgo. It is one of the largest and brightest spiral galaxies found in the Virgo cluster of galaxies, the nearest major galaxy cluster to our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA10115:
NGC 4569
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-14 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 1316, located about 62 million light-years away in the constellation Fornax. The elliptical-shaped galaxy may be in the late stages of merging with a smaller companion galaxy.
PIA10116:
NGC 1316
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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The 'Ghost of Mirach' galaxy is shown in visible light on the left, and in ultraviolet as seen by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer on the right. The fields of view are identical in both pictures, with the Ghost of Mirach - a galaxy called NGC 404.
PIA11393:
'Ghost of Mirach' Rears its Spooky Head
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-03 NGC 3242 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 3242, a planetary nebula frequently referred to as 'Jupiter's Ghost.' The small circular white and blue area at the center of the image is the well-known portion of the nebula.
PIA11968:
The Extended Region Around the Planetary Nebula NGC 3242
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-28 M33 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Mission celebrates its sixth anniversary studying galaxies beyond our Milky Way through its sensitive ultraviolet telescope, the only such far-ultraviolet detector in space. Pictured here, the galaxy NGC598 known as M33.
PIA11998:
NASA's Galaxy Mission Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-28 M33 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Mission celebrates its sixth anniversary studying galaxies beyond our Milky Way through its sensitive ultraviolet telescope, the only such far-ultraviolet detector in space. Pictured here, the galaxy NGC598 known as M33.
PIA11999:
NASA's Galaxy Mission Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-28 M33 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Mission celebrates its sixth anniversary studying galaxies beyond our Milky Way through its sensitive ultraviolet telescope, the only such far-ultraviolet detector in space.
PIA12000:
NASA's Galaxy Mission Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-17 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer found a tail behind a galaxy called IC 3418. This star-studded tail was created as the galaxy plunged into gas in a family of galaxies known as the Virgo cluster.
PIA13192:
Now You See a Tail, Now You Don't
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-11 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Hubble Space Telescope
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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Astronomers have found unexpected rings and arcs of ultraviolet light around a selection of galaxies, four of which are shown here as viewed by NASA's and the European Space Agency's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA13318:
Ultraviolet Ring Around the Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-21 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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These postage-stamp images taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer are helping to solve a mystery -- why do the littlest of galaxies produce the biggest of star explosions, or supernovae?
PIA14090:
Little Galaxies Pack a Big Punch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-22 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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Wispy tendrils of hot dust and gas glow brightly in this ultraviolet image of the Cygnus Loop nebula, taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The nebula lies about 1,500 light-years away.
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Cygnus Loop Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-16 M31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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Hot stars burn brightly in this new image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, showing the ultraviolet side of a familiar face. Approximately 2.5 million light-years away, the Andromeda galaxy, or M31, is our Milky Way's largest galactic neighbor.
PIA15416:
Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-16 CW Leo Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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A runaway star, called CW Leo, plowing through the depths of space and piling up interstellar material before it, can be seen in this ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA15417:
CW Leo
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