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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 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 2014-05-01 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 2014-05-06 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 2014-05-07 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 2014-07-02 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Very Large Array (VLA)
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Anomalous arms are seen in this composite image of NGC 4258 from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observator, NSF's Karl Jansky Very Large Array, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA18461:
Galactic Pyrotechnics on Display
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-02 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 2014-08-28 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 2014-08-28 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 2014-09-09 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 2014-09-16 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 2014-09-24 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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A Neptune-size planet with a clear atmosphere is shown crossing in front of its star in this artist's depiction. Such crossings, or transits, are observed by telescopes like NASA's Hubble and Spitzer to glean information about planets' atmospheres.
PIA18837:
Seeing Starlight Through a Planet's Rim (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-24 Hubble Space Telescope
Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the combined power of NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes.
PIA18838:
A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-24 Hubble Space Telescope
Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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A plot of the transmission spectrum for exoplanet HAT-P-11b, with data from NASA's Kepler, Hubble and Spitzer observatories combined. The results show a robust detection of water absorption in the Hubble data.
PIA18839:
Transmission Spectrum of HAT-P-11b
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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The bulk of a galaxy called Messier 82 (M82), or the 'Cigar galaxy,' is seen in visible-light data captured by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona.
PIA18841:
NuSTAR Finds a Pulse in Cigar Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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This chart illustrates relative masses of super-dense cosmic objects, ranging from white dwarfs to supermassive black holes encased in the cores of most galaxies. The first three 'dead' stars (left) all form when stars more massive than our sun explode.
PIA18842:
Mass Chart for Dead Stars and Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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The brightest pulsar detected to date is shown in this frame from an animation that flips back and forth between images captured by NASA's NuSTAR. A pulsar is a type of neutron star, the leftover core of a star that exploded in a supernova.
PIA18843:
NuSTAR Captures the Beat of a Dead Star (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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NuSTAR has added a new twist to the mystery of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) by showing that one of the ULXs in M82, called M82 X-2, is not a black hole but a pulsar.
PIA18844:
Ultraluminous X-ray Sources in M82 Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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This image shows a neutron star -- the core of a star that exploded in a massive supernova. This particular neutron star is known as a pulsar because it sends out rotating beams of X-rays that sweep past Earth like lighthouse beacons.
PIA18845:
Beacons of X-ray Light (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-15 Herschel Space Observatory
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A small galaxy, called Sextans A, is shown here in a multi-wavelength mosaic captured by the ESA's Herschel mission. In this image, the purple shows gas; blue shows young stars and the orange and yellow dots are newly formed stars heating up dust.
PIA18846:
Sluggish Galaxy Grows Stars Slowly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-22 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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In this image of PSR B1509-58 (about 170,000 light-years from Earth), X-rays from NASA's Chandra in gold are seen along with infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope in red, green and blue.
PIA18848:
Face Illusion in the Cosmic Clouds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 CIBER
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Our sky is filled with a diffuse background glow, known as the cosmic infrared background. Much of the light is from galaxies we know about, but previous Spitzer measurements have shown an extra component of unknown origin.
PIA18851:
First Stars or Stray Stars? A Cosmic Infrared Mystery
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 CIBER
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This artist's concept shows a view of a number of galaxies sitting in huge halos of stars. The stars are too distant to be seen individually and instead are seen as a diffuse glow, colored yellow in this illustration.
PIA18852:
Stray Stars Scattered in Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 CIBER
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This graphic illustrates how the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment, or CIBER, team measures a diffuse glow of infrared light filling the spaces between galaxies. The glow does not come from any known stars and galaxies.
PIA18854:
Masking Out Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 CIBER
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This plot shows data from the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment, or CIBER, rockets launched in 2010 and 2012. The experiment measures a diffuse glow of infrared light in the sky, known as the cosmic infrared background.
PIA18855:
Background Light 'Bluer' Than Expected
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-02 W. M. Keck Observatory
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A dusty planetary system (left) is compared to another system with little dust in this artist's concept. Dust can make it difficult for telescopes to image planets because light from the dust can outshine that of the planets.
PIA18901:
Seeking Planets in the Dust (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-18 Kepler
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This artist concept shows NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2's first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets.
PIA18904:
Reborn Kepler Discovers First K2 Exoplanet (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-08 Hubble Space Telescope
NuSTAR
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The real monster black hole is revealed in this image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array of colliding galaxies Arp 299.
PIA18907:
Tale of Two Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-28 Kepler
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The tightly packed system, named Kepler-444, is home to five small planets in very compact orbits. The planets were detected from the dimming that occurs when they transit the disk of their parent star, as shown in this artist's conception.
PIA18910:
Kepler-444 Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-30 Planck
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The color scale in this image from the Planck mission represents the emission from dust, a minor but crucial component that pervades our Milky Way galaxy. The texture indicates the orientation of the galactic magnetic field.
PIA18911:
Planck's View of BICEP2/Keck Array Field
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Milky Way Planck
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This composite image comes from the ESA's Planck shows a festive portrait of our Milky Way galaxy shows a mishmash of gas, charged particles and several types of dust.
PIA18912:
A Milky Way 'Mixer' Amongst the Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Milky Way Planck
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A new, dynamic portrait of our Milky Way galaxy shows a frenzy of gas, charged particles and dust as seen by the European Space Agency's Planck mission.
PIA18913:
Milky Way Untangled
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Planck
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Matter lying between Earth and the edge of the observable universe is shown in this all-sky map from Planck, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions.
PIA18914:
Universal Matter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Milky Way Planck
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Our Milky Way galaxy is ablaze with dust in this new all-sky map from Planck, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions. The towers of fiery colors are actually dust in the galaxy and beyond that has been polarized.
PIA18915:
Polarized Dust Lights Up Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Planck
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A visualization of the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB, as detected by ESA's Planck satellite over the entire sky.
PIA18916:
Polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-19 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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This plot of data from two space telescopes, NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton determines for the first time the shape of ultra-fast winds from supermassive black holes, or quasars.
PIA18918:
The Answer is Blowing in the Black Hole Wind
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-19 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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Supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies blast radiation and ultra-fast winds outward, as illustrated in this artist's conception based on NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescopes.
PIA18919:
How Black Hole Winds Blow (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-04 3300x2550x3
This artist's conception shows the 30 Ari system, which includes four stars and a planet. The planet, a gas giant, orbits its primary star (yellow) in about a year's time.
PIA18926:
Planet With Four Stars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-04 1160x876x3
The four stars and one planet of the 30 Ari system are illustrated in this diagram. This quadruple star system consists of two pairs of stars: 30 Ari B and 30 Ari A.
PIA18927:
Double Date: Two Pairs of Stars in One System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-26 NEOWISE
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NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft viewed comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) for a second time on January 30, 2015, as the comet passed through the closest point to our sun along its 14,000-year orbit, at a solar distance of 120 million miles (193 million kilometers).
PIA19354:
NEOWISE Wise to Comet Lovejoy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-26 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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A new study analyzes several sites where dead stars once exploded. The explosions, called Type Ia supernovae, occurred within galaxies, six of which are shown in these images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
PIA18929:
After the Explosion: Investigating Supernova Sites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-31 Planck
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This map of the entire sky was captured by the European Space Agency's Planck mission. The band running through the middle corresponds to dust in our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA19330:
Astronomers Dig Up Treasure Trove of Galaxy Clusters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This plot shows data obtained from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment telescope located in Chile, during a 'microlensing' event.
PIA19331:
Time Delay in Microlensing Event
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infographic explains how NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope can be used in tandem with a telescope on the ground to measure the distances to planets discovered using the 'microlensing' technique.
PIA19332:
Infographic: Finding Planets With Microlensing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's map of the Milky Way shows the location of one of the farthest known exoplanets, lying 13,000 light-years away. Most of the thousands of exoplanets discovered to date are closer to our solar system, as indicated by the pink/orange areas.
PIA19333:
Map of Exoplanets Found in Our Galaxy (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-28 Chandra X-ray Observatory
NuSTAR
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The blue dots in this field of galaxies, known as the COSMOS field, show galaxies that contain supermassive black holes emitting high-energy X-rays, as detected by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Array, or NuSTAR.
PIA20865:
A Black Hole 'Choir'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-27 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept shows an unusual celestial object called CX330 was first detected as a source of X-ray light in 2009. It has been launching 'jets' of material into the gas and dust around it.
PIA20700:
The Loneliest Young Star (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept of the galaxy named WISE J224607.57-052635.0, is erupting with light equal to more than 300 trillion sunset; it was discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
PIA19339:
Dusty 'Sunrise' at Core of Galaxy (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-03 Milky Way Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Astronomers using data from NASA's WISE are helping to trace the shape of our Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms. Here, WISE data revealed clusters of young stars shrouded in dust, called embedded clusters, which are known to reside in spiral arms.
PIA19341:
Tracing the Arms of our Milky Way Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Planets having atmospheres rich in helium may be common in our galaxy, according to a new theory based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This artist's concept depicts a proposed helium-atmosphere planet called GJ 436b.
PIA19344:
Helium-Shrouded Planets (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a proposed helium planet, GJ 436b.This diagram illustrates how hypothetical helium atmospheres might form. These would be on planets about the mass of Neptune, or smaller.
PIA19345:
How to Make a Helium Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a hypothetical 'rejuvenated' planet,a gas giant that has reclaimed its youthful infrared glow. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found tentative evidence for one such planet around a dead star, or white dwarf, called PG 0010+280.
PIA19346:
Hypothetical 'Rejuvenated' Planets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-06 NuSTAR
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A montage of images showing an artist's concept of NuSTAR (top); a color image of one of the galaxies targeted by NuSTAR (lower left); and artist's concept of a hidden black hole.
PIA19348:
NuSTAR Seeks Hidden Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of star that is similar to our sun.
PIA19824:
Soaking up the Rays of a Sun-like Star (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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Scientists used data from NASA's Kepler mission in this artist's concept confirming the first near-Earth-size planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.
PIA19825:
Earth's Bigger, Older Cousin (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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This size and scale of the Kepler-452 system compared alongside the Kepler-186 system and the solar system. Kepler-186 is a miniature solar system that would fit entirely inside the orbit of Mercury.
PIA19826:
Planetary System Comparisons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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Of the 1,030 confirmed planets from Kepler, a dozen are less than twice the size of Earth and reside in the habitable zone of their host stars. In this diagram, the sizes of the exoplanets are represented by the size of each sphere.
PIA19827:
Kepler's Small Habitable Zone Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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A newly discovered exoplanet, Kepler-452b, comes the closest of any found so far to matching our Earth-sun system.
PIA19830:
Pantheon of Planets Similar to Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows the silhouette of a rocky planet, dubbed HD 219134b, as it passes in front of its star. At 21 light-years away, the planet is the closest outside of our solar system that can be seen crossing, or transiting, its star.
PIA19831:
Little Black Spot on the Star Today (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This sky map shows the location of the star HD 219134 (circle), host to the nearest confirmed rocky planet found to date outside of our solar system. The star lies just off the 'W' shape of the constellation Cassiopeia.
PIA19832:
Location of Nearest Rocky Exoplanet Known
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's rendition shows one possible appearance for the planet HD 219134b, the nearest confirmed rocky exoplanet found to date outside our solar system.
PIA19833:
Hot, Rocky World (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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A massive cluster of galaxies, called SpARCS1049+56, can be seen in this multi-wavelength view from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes.
PIA19837:
What Feeds the Beast in a Galaxy Cluster?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-27 NuSTAR
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In 2014, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, and Swift space telescopes witnessed an X-flare from the supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy called Markarian 335. Artist Concept.
PIA20051:
Shifting Coronas Around Black Holes (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-10 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles. The storm is thought to be similar to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Scientists discovered it using NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.
PIA20055:
Cool Star Marked by Long-Lived Storm (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-14 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image shows an artist's impression of the 10 hot Jupiter exoplanets studied using the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes. (Top L, Bottom R -- WASP-12b, WASP-6b, WASP-31b, WASP-39b, HD 189733b, HAT-P-12b, WASP-17b, WASP-19b, HAT-P-1b, HD 209458b)
PIA20056:
Artist's Impression of "Hot Jupiter" Exoplanets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Hubble Space Telescope
NuSTAR
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Galaxy NGC 1068 is shown in visible light and X-rays in this composite image. High-energy X-rays (magenta) captured by NASA's NuSTAR, are overlaid on visible-light images from both NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
PIA20057:
NuSTAR's View of Galaxy NGC 1068
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Hubble Space Telescope
NuSTAR
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Galaxy NGC 1068 can be seen in close-up in this view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. NuSTAR data revealed that the torus of gas and dust surrounding the black hole, also referred to as a doughnut, is more clumpy than previously thought.
PIA20058:
Hidden Lair at the Heart of Galaxy NGC 1068
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-18 Hubble Space Telescope
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This is an illustration of a planet that is four times the mass of Jupiter and orbits 5 billion miles from a brown-dwarf companion (the bright red object seen in the background).
PIA16033:
Artist's View of a Super-Jupiter around a Brown Dwarf (2M1207)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-28 Hubble Space Telescope
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This artist's diagram shows the Smith Cloud as it arcs out of the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, then returning like a boomerang. Hubble's Telescope measurements that it came out of a region near the edge of the galaxy's disk of stars 70 million years ago
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Monstrous Cloud Boomerangs Back to Our Galaxy (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Hubble Space Telescope
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In the center of this image from the Hubble Space Telescope, partially obscured by a dark cloud of dust, a newborn star shoots twin jets out into space as a sort of birth announcement to the universe.
PIA16022:
Hubble Sees the Force Awakening in a Newborn Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-17 SDSS
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In archived NASA data, researchers have discovered 'super spiral' galaxies that dwarf our own spiral galaxy, the Milky Way, and compete in size and brightness with the largest galaxies in the universe.
PIA20064:
Gargantuan 'Super Spiral' Galaxies Loom Large in the Cosmos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-21 Kepler
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The brilliant flash of an exploding star's shockwave -- what astronomers call the 'shock breakout' -- is illustrated in artist's concept based on NASA's Kepler.
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Caught: A Supernova Shock Breakout (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The turbulent atmosphere of a hot, gaseous planet known as HD 80606b is shown in this simulation based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Simulated Atmosphere of a Hot Gas Giant Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows one possible scenario for the hot, rocky exoplanet called 55 Cancri e, which is nearly two times as wide as Earth. New data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the planet has extreme temperature swings.
PIA20068:
Hot-Lava World Illustration Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-07 Kepler
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In a global experiment in exoplanet observation, the K2 mission and Earth-based observatories on six continents will survey millions of stars toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA20070:
Map of Exoplanet Search Areas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-19 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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A young, free-floating world sits alone in space in this illustration. The object, called WISEA J114724.10-204021.3, is thought to be an exceptionally low-mass brown dwarf.
PIA20583:
Young Brown Dwarf in TW Hydrae Family of Stars (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows a star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk.
PIA20645:
Protoplanetary Disk (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-08 Hubble Space Telescope
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Studies based on observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show that hot Jupiters, exoplanets around the same size as Jupiter that orbit very closely to their stars, often have cloud or haze layers in their atmospheres.
PIA20687:
Hot Jupiter with Hidden Water (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, illustrates how the brightness of outbursting
star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936.
PIA20689:
Dimming of FU Orionis (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-20 Kepler
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K2-33b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
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Exoplanet Orbits Youthful Star (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-20 Kepler
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This image shows the K2-33 system, and its planet K2-33b, compared to our own solar system, as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
PIA20691:
Comparing K2-33 to our Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-20 Kepler
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When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light.shown in this frame from an animation as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
PIA20692:
Young Star and Its Infant Planet (Artist's animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-12 NuSTAR
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This artist's impression depicts the accretion disc surrounding a black hole, in which the inner region of the disc precesses. 'Precession' means that the orbit of material surrounding the black hole changes orientation around the central object.
PIA20697:
Black Hole with 'Wobbling' Disk (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-19 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Researchers used data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission to highlight the X-shaped structure in the bulge of the Milky Way.
PIA20699:
X-Shaped Bulge in the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-15 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This illustration shows a glowing stream of material from a star as it is being devoured by a supermassive black hole in a tidal disruption flare. Astronomers gained new insights into tidal disruption flares thanks to data from NASA's WISE.
PIA20027:
Infrared Echoes of a Black Hole Eating a Star (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 HIP 79124 B W. M. Keck Observatory
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This image shows brown dwarf HIP 79124 B, located 23 times as far from its host star as Earth is from the sun.
PIA21417:
Brown Dwarf HIP 79124 B
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-06 Hubble Space Telescope
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This four-panel graphic based on data from NASA's Hubble's Space Telescope illustrates how the binary-star system V Hydrae is launching balls of plasma into space.
PIA21071:
Cannonballs' Shoot from Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-07 Comet Kepler
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NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft observed the comet during the final month of the Rosetta mission, while the comet was not visible from Earth. This is a frame from an animation composed of images from Kepler of the comet.
PIA21072:
Comet 67P Seen by Kepler Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-18 Kepler
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This illustration based on computer modeling and data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, represents how hot Jupiters of different temperatures and different cloud compositions might appear while flying over the dayside of these planets on a spaceship.
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Clouds on Hot Jupiters (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-21 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts 'heartbeat stars,' which have been detected by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. Two heartbeat stars are seen swerving close to one another in their closest approach along their highly elongated orbits around one another.
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Heartbeat Stars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-10 OGLE-2015-BLG-1319 Spitzer Space Telescope
SWIFT
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This illustration depicts a brown dwarf. NASA's Spitzer and Swift missions observed a microlensing event as the star passed between Earth and a much more distant star in our galaxy.
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Brown Dwarf Microlensing (Illustration)
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This graphic shows all the cosmic light sources in the sky that are included in the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), an online repository containing information on over 100 million galaxies.
PIA21084:
NED Catalog Sky Source Map
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-06 SWIFT
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This artist's concept shows a pulsar, which is like a lighthouse, as its light appears in regular pulses as it rotates. Pulsars are dense remnants of exploded stars, and are part of a class of objects called neutron stars.
PIA21085:
Pulsar Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-07 NGC 1448 Chandra X-ray Observatory
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NGC 1448, a galaxy with an active galactic nucleus hidden by gas and dust, is seen in this image combining data from the Carnegie-Irvine Galaxy Survey in the optical range and NASA's NuSTAR in the X-ray range.
PIA21086:
Galaxy NGC 1448 with Active Galactic Nucleus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 HD 141569 W. M. Keck Observatory
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This image shows the dusty disk of planetary material surrounding the young star HD 141569, located 380 light-years away from Earth.
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Young Star HD 141569
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-31 NuSTAR
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XMM-Newton
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These four images show an artist's impression of gas accreting onto the neutron star in the binary system MXB 1730-335, also known as the 'Rapid Burster.'
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The Rapid Burster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-12 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows a hypothetical planet covered in water around the binary star system of Kepler-35A and B.
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Water World Artist Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-11 New Horizons
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This is an overhead view of NASA's New Horizons full trajectory; the spacecraft has entered a hibernation phase on April 7 that will last until early September.
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Nap Time for New Horizons: NASA Spacecraft Enters Hibernation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-25 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows the final stages in the life of a supermassive star that fails to explode as a supernova, but instead implodes to form a black hole.
PIA21466:
Massive Star Goes Out With a Whimper Instead of a Bang (Artist's Concept)
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