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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that most brown dwarfs are roiling with one or more planet-size storms such as seen in this artist's concept.
PIA21475:
Brown Dwarf Weather (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-05 KELT-9b 5120x2880x3
This artist's concept shows planet KELT-9b orbiting its host star, KELT-9. It is the hottest gas giant planet discovered so far.
PIA21472:
Hottest Hot Jupiter Animation (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-06 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This illustration shows a red dwarf star orbited by a hypothetical exoplanet. By mining data from NASA's GALEX spacecraft, a team of astronomers identified dozens of flares at a range of durations and strengths.
PIA21473:
Flaring Red Dwarf Star (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-04 2014 MU69 New Horizons
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This is one artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons mission.
PIA21867:
A Kuiper Belt Pair? Artist's Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Binary Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-04 2014 MU69 New Horizons
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Artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, which is the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons mission.
PIA21868:
Artist's Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Single Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
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By using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have found that the varying glow of brown dwarfs over time can be explained by bands of patchy clouds rotating at different speeds, as shown in this artist's concept.
PIA21752:
Brown Dwarf Weather (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-04 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration depicts a hypothetical uneven ring of dust orbiting KIC 8462852, also known as Boyajian's Star or Tabby's Star.
PIA22081:
Tabby's Star (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-11 2048x1152x3
This artist's rendering shows a large exoplanet causing small bodies to collide in a disk of dust.
PIA22082:
Giant Exoplanet and Debris Disk (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept shows an exoplanet and debris disk orbiting a polluted white dwarf. White dwarfs are dim, dense remnants of stars similar to the Sun that have exhausted their nuclear fuel and blown off their outer layers.
PIA22084:
Polluted White Dwarf (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-02 NuSTAR
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This artist's concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk -- a flat structure of material orbiting the black hole -- and a jet of hot gas, called plasma.
PIA22085:
Black Hole With Jet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The super-Earth exoplanet 55 Cancri e, depicted with its star in this artist's concept, likely has an atmosphere thicker than Earth's but with ingredients that could be similar to those of Earth's atmosphere.
PIA22069:
55 Cancri e with Atmosphere (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-29 2700x2282x3
A NASA-led team of scientists determined that WASP-18b, a 'hot Jupiter' located 325 light-years from Earth, has a stratosphere that's loaded with carbon monoxide, but has no signs of water.
PIA22087:
WASP-18b (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-13 MAVEN
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To receive the same amount of starlight as Mars receives from our Sun, a planet orbiting an M-type red dwarf would have to be positioned much closer to its star than Mercury is to the Sun.
PIA22075:
How Habitable Might an Exo-Mars Be?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-14 Kepler
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With the discovery of an eighth planet, NASA's Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. This is an artist's concept.
PIA22192:
Kepler-90 system (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-14 Kepler
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With the discovery of an eighth planet, NASA's Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. This is an artist's concept compared with our own solar system.
PIA22193:
Kepler-90 System Compared to Our Solar System (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-04 2014 MU69 New Horizons
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This artist's impression is of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69, a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, on Jan. 1, 2019.
PIA22190:
New Horizons Encountering 2014 MU69 (Artist's Impression)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-11 Kepler
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This artist concept shows the K2-138 system, the first multi-planet system discovered by citizen scientists.
PIA22088:
Kepler K2-138 System (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-11 Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the farthest galaxy yet seen in an image that has been stretched and amplified by a phenomenon called gravitational lensing.
PIA22079:
NASA's Hubble Spots Embryonic Galaxy SPT0615-JD
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-11 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept showcases both the visible and infrared visualizations of the Orion Nebula, looking down a 'valley' leading to the star cluster at far end.
PIA22089:
Visible and Infrared Visualization of the Orion Nebula (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-31 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of distant interacting galaxies, known collectively as Arp 142, bears an uncanny resemblance to a penguin guarding an egg. Data from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have been combined to show these dramatic galaxies.
PIA22092:
Arp 142: The Penguin and the Egg
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-26 Kepler
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This image from an animation shows a gigantic star exploding in a 'core collapse' supernova. As molecules fuse inside the star, eventually the star can't support its own weight anymore.
PIA22350:
Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Core Collapse Supernova) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-26 Kepler
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This image from an animation shows the explosion of a white dwarf, an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.
PIA22352:
Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Ia Supernova from a White Dwarf Stealing Matter) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-26 Kepler
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This image from an animation shows the merger of two white dwarfs. A white dwarf is an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.
PIA22353:
Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Ia Supernova from a White Dwarf Merger) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-26 Kepler
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This image from an animation shows a kind of stellar explosion called a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transient. In this case, a giant star 'burp' out a shell of gas and dust about a year before exploding.
PIA22351:
Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Felt Supernova) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-15 3816x2160x3
An artist's concept of a tidal disruption event (TDE) that happens when a star passes fatally close to a supermassive black hole, which reacts by launching a relativistic jet.
PIA22355:
Black Hole vs. Star: A Tidal Disruption Event (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-15 Hubble Space Telescope
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An image of the galaxy Arp299B, which is undergoing a merging process with Arp299A (the galaxy to the left), captured by NASA's Hubble space telescope.
PIA22356:
A Tidal Disruption Event in Arp299B
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-28 3200x1800x3
This artist's illustration shows the comet 'Oumuamua racing toward the outskirts of our solar system.
PIA22357:
'Oumuamua Races Toward Outskirts of Solar System (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Based on data from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, these simulated views of the ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b show what the planet might look like from five different vantage points, illuminated to different degrees by its parent star.
PIA22565:
Ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of supernova remnant G54.1+0.3, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, includes radio, infrared and X-ray light.
PIA22569:
Supernova Remnant G54
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-10 Hubble Space Telescope
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This image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows a bow shock around a very young star, LL Ori.
PIA22914:
Bow Shock Around Young Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-18 4534x2550x3
This illustration shows a young star undergoing a type of growth spurt.
PIA22917:
FU Orionis Disk Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The location of Gaia 17bpi, which lies in the Sagitta constellation, is indicated in this image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA22918:
Star Gaia 17pbi Seen by Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-01-07 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's illustration shows the planetary system K2-138. Five planets were initially detected in the system but in 2018 scientists found evidence of a sixth planet.
PIA23002:
K2-138 6 Planets Artwork (Artist's Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-01-07 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This diagram image shows the estimated radii of the six planets in the planetary system K2-128, as well as their distance from the parent star.
PIA23003:
K2-138 System Diagram
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-01-07 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's illustration shows the newfound planet K2-288Bb is slightly smaller than Neptune.
PIA23004:
K2-288Bb (Artist's Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-04-29 Asteroid 1220x700x3
This animation shows the distance between the Apophis asteroid and Earth at the time of the asteroid's closest approach.
PIA23195:
Asteroid Apophis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-08-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's illustration of the exoplanet LHS 3844b, shows the planet's surface may be covered mostly in dark lava rock, with no apparent atmosphere, according to observations by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA23130:
Rare Glimpse of the Surface of a Rocky World (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-05 Asteroid 535x398x3
This view of asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on Jan. 6, 2019, was created by combining two images taken by the NavCam 1 imager aboard NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
PIA23554:
Asteroid Bennu Particles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-05 Asteroid 2532x1417x3
This animation illustrates the modeled trajectories of particles that were ejected from Bennu's surface on Jan. 19, 2019.
PIA23555:
Bennu Particles (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Peering more than 10 billion light-years into the distance, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has found tens of millions of actively feeding supermassive lack holes across the full sky.
PIA23588:
Millions of Giant Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-07 SOFIA
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In this composite image of the Omega, or Swan, Nebula, SOFIA's view reveals evidence that parts of the nebula formed separately to create the swan-like shape seen today.
PIA23409:
SOFIA Reveals How the Swan Nebula Hatched
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-08 4096x2160x3
This graphic illustrates how a faraway quasar (an extremely bright region in the center of some distant galaxies) is altered by a massive foreground galaxy.
PIA23641:
Gravitational Lensing Graphic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-09 4800x2700x3
This illustration shows brown dwarfs are more massive than planets but not quite as massive as stars.
PIA23685:
What is a Brown Dwarf?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-15 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows exoplanet Kepler-1649c orbiting around its host red dwarf star.
PIA23689:
Kepler Planet 1649c Artist's Illustration From Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-15 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows what exoplanet Kepler-1649c could look like on its surface.
PIA23690:
Kepler Planet 1649c Surface View Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-15 Kepler
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This graphic compares the size of Earth and Kepler-1649c, an exoplanet only 1.06 times larger than Earth by radius.
PIA23774:
Comparing the Size of Exoplanet Kepler-1649c and Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-06-24 NuSTAR
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Neutron stars, or cores leftover from exploded stars, are some of the densest objects in the universe. There are several types of neutron stars, shown in this illustration, including magnetars and pulsars.
PIA23863:
Different Types of Neutron Stars (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Asteroid Psyche
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This artist's concept depicts the asteroid Psyche, the target of NASA's Psyche mission.
PIA23876:
A Metal-Rich World (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-08 Comet NEOWISE
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Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE appears as a string of fuzzy red dots in this composite of several heat-sensitive infrared images taken by NASA's NEOWISE mission on March 27, 2020.
PIA23792:
Comet NEOWISE Discovery Images
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-16 NuSTAR
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This illustration shows a black hole surrounded by a disk of gas. In the left panel, a streak of debris falls toward the disk. In the right panel, the debris has dispersed some of the gas, causing the corona to disappear.
PIA23864:
Black Hole Corona's Disappearing Act (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-08-18 Asteroid 1841x1033x3
This illustration shows asteroid 2020 QG's trajectory bending during its close approach to Earth. The asteroid is the closest known non-impacting asteroid ever detected.
PIA24037:
Asteroid 2020 QG Zips Around the Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-09 Asteroid OSIRIS-REx
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Using data collected by NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, this animation shows the trajectories of rock particles after being ejected from asteroid (101955) Bennu's surface.
PIA24101:
Asteroid Bennu's Particle Ejection Events (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-01 3840x2160x3
A disk of hot material around a supermassive black hole emits a burst of visible light, which travels out to a ring of dust that subsequently emits infrared light.
PIA23866:
Echo Mapping in a Black Hole Accretion Disk and Torus (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-18 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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The Blue Ring Nebula consists of two expanding cones of gas ejected into space by a stellar merger. As the gas cools, it forms hydrogen molecules that collide with particles in interstellar space, causing them to radiate far-ultraviolet light.
PIA23867:
The Blue Ring Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-18 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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The Blue Ring Nebula consists of two expanding cones of debris. The base of one cone is moving toward Earth. Both bases are outlined in magenta, revealing shockwaves created as the debris races through space.
PIA23868:
Geometry of the Blue Ring Nebula (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-22 3840x2160x3
Scientists now know the density of the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets with a higher precision than any other planets in the universe, other than those in our own solar system.
PIA23870:
Measuring the Masses and Diameters of the TRAPPIST-1 Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-22 4800x2700x3
This graph presents measured properties of the seven TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets.
PIA24371:
Comparison of TRAPPIST-1 to the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-22 3840x2160x3
Three possible interiors of the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets. All seven planets have very similar densities, so they likely have a similar compositions.
PIA24372:
Possible Interiors of the TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-22 6000x3500x3
Detailed measurements of the physical properties of the seven rocky TRAPPIST-1 planets and the four terrestrial planets in our solar system help scientists find similarities and differences between the two planet families.
PIA24373:
TRAPPIST-1 and Solar System Planet Stats
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-09 Sky 1200x1707x3
This photo shows the zodiacal light as it appeared on March 1, 2021, in Skull Valley, Utah.
PIA24432:
Zodiacal Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration, created in March 2021, depicts the 140-mile-wide (226-kilometer-wide) asteroid Psyche, which lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
PIA24471:
Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration, created in March 2021, depicts the 140-mile-wide (226-kilometer-wide) asteroid Psyche, which lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
PIA24472:
Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-07 5120x2880x3
The faster a brown dwarf spins, the narrower the different-colored atmospheric bands on it likely become, as shown in this illustration.
PIA24380:
A Swiftly Rotating Brown Dwarf (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-07 3814x1856x3
If a planet rotates too fast it will experience bulging around its midsection, as seen in this animated illustration of a brown dwarf, Jupiter, and Saturn.
PIA24376:
Flattening of Brown Dwarf, Jupiter and Saturn (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-21 Milky Way 3840x2160x3
Images of the Milky Way and the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) are overlaid on a map of the surrounding galactic halo. The smaller structure is a wake created by the LMC's motion through this region.
PIA24571:
Star Map of the Milky Way's Outer Halo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-11 Voyager
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Weak but nearly continuous plasma oscillation events connect stronger events in NASA's Voyager 1 Plasma Wave Subsystem data.
PIA24572:
Weak and Strong Plasma Oscillation Signals
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-09 NuSTAR
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The cosmic object SS 433 contains a bright source of X-ray light surrounded by two hemispheres of hot gas. SS 433 tilts periodically, causing one X-ray beam to point toward Earth.
PIA24574:
The Changing X-ray Brightness of SS 433 (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-17 4800x2700x3
A contingent of stars and star-forming clouds was found jutting out from the Milky Way's Sagittarius Arm. The inset shows the size of the structure and distance from the Sun.
PIA24576:
A Break in the Milky Way's Sagittarius Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-31 NEOWISE
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The dark spot in the bottom left corner of the image is a brown dwarf, nicknamed The Accident, which was discovered by citizen scientist Dan Caselden using data from NASA's NEOWISE.
PIA24578:
An Accidental Discovery
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception symbolically represents complex organic molecules, known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, seen in the early universe. These large molecules, comprised of carbon and hydrogen, are considered among the building blocks of life.
PIA03538:
Ingredients for Life (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows what a fiery hot star and its close-knit planetary companion might look close up if viewed in visible and infrared light .
PIA07490:
Blinded by the Light (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-09 Adaptive Optics System and Coronagraph
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These two images show HD 157728, a nearby star 1.5 times larger than the sun. Project 1640 uses new technology on the Palomar Observatory's 200-inch Hale telescope near San Diego, Calif., to spot planets.
PIA15807:
Using 'Dark Holes' to Spot Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-06 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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This image represents a view of NASA's Kepler's supernova remnant taken in X-rays, visible light, and infrared radiation, indicating that the bubble of gas that makes up the supernova remnant appears different in various types of light.
PIA06909:
Kepler's Supernova Remnant: A View from Hubble Space Telescope
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-19 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the inner region of Abell 1689, an immense cluster of galaxies located 2.2 billion light-years away. The cluster's gravitational field is warping light from background galaxies, causing them to appear as arcs.
PIA13339:
Fun House Mirror in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-11 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the distribution of dark matter in the center of the giant galaxy cluster Abell 1689, containing about 1,000 galaxies and trillions of stars.
PIA13616:
Shedding 'Bent' Light on Dark Matter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-21 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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Resembling an opulent diamond tapestry, this image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a glittering star cluster that contains a collection of some of the brightest stars seen in our Milky Way galaxy called Trumpler 14.
PIA20468:
Hubble Unveils a Tapestry of Dazzling Diamond-Like Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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This detailed view of NGC 6543, the Cat's Eye Nebula, from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope includes intricate structures, including concentric gas shells, jets of high-speed gas, and unusual shock-induced knots of gas.
PIA16009:
Dying Star Creates Fantasy-like Sculpture of Gas and Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-19 Helix Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
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Six hundred and fifty light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, a dead star about the size of Earth, is refusing to fade away peacefully. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes have captured the complex structure of the Helix nebula.
PIA03678:
The Mark of a Dying Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-02-12 Abell 1689 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
NICMOS
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A massive cluster of yellowish galaxies is seemingly caught in a spider web of eerily distorted background galaxies in the left-hand image, taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10237:
Astronomers Uncover One of the Youngest and Brightest Galaxies in the Early Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-26 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
WFC3
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Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found a puzzling arc of light behind an extremely massive cluster of galaxies residing 10 billion light-years away.
PIA15803:
Galaxy Cluster and Giant Arc
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-15 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
WFC3
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In this Hubble observation, astronomers used the massive galaxy cluster MACS J0647+7015 as the giant cosmic telescope. The bright yellow galaxies near the center of the image are cluster members.
PIA16465:
Astronomers Spot Most Distant Known Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-01 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
WFPC2
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A delicate ribbon of gas floats eerily in our galaxy. This image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, is a very thin section of a supernova remnant caused by a stellar explosion that occurred more than 1,000 years ago.
PIA10926:
Hubble Sees Stars and a Stripe in Celestial Fireworks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-15 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ALMA
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This artist's impression shows galaxy WISE J224607.55-052634.9, the most luminous galaxy ever discovered.
PIA22358:
Most Luminous Galaxy is Eating Its Neighbors (Artist's Impression)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-15 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
ALMA
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This image of galaxy W2246-0526, created using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), shows it is syphoning material away from three companion galaxies through trans-galactic streamers.
PIA22359:
W2246-0526 Accretion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-25 Hubble Space Telescope
ALMA
Hubble Space Telescope
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The Boomerang nebula, called the 'coldest place in the universe,' reveals its true shape to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope. The background blue structure, is seen in visible light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA17551:
Ghostly 'Boomerang'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
ALMA
IRAC
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Combined observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed the throes of stellar birth in the well-studied object known as HH 46/47.
PIA17555:
Bubbly Newborn Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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For much of this week the sun featured three substantial coronal holes observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory April 3-6, 2018. These are areas of open magnetic field from which high speed solar wind rushes out into space.
PIA22414:
Three Coronal Holes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Two good-sized coronal holes have rotated around to the center of the sun where they will be spewing solar wind towards Earth were observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Nov. 8-9, 2016.
PIA16909:
Earth-Facing Coronal Holes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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The dark region seen on the face of the sun at the end of March 2013 is a coronal hole (just above and to the right of the middle of the picture), which is a source of fast solar wind leaving the sun in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory.
PIA17669:
Pulses from the Sun
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Sparked by a medium-sized (C-class) flare, a long, magnetic filament burst out from the Sun, producing one of the best shows that SDO has seen (Aug. 31, 2012).
PIA18167:
Magnificent Outburst Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Each day NASA solar scientists produce overlays (in white lines) that show how magnetic field lines above the sun are configured (June 16, 2016). The lines are tightly bundled near the lighter-toned active regions, which are magnetically intense regions.
PIA20881:
Magnetic Field Illuminated
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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An eruption from the surface of the sun is conspicuous in the lower left portion of this July 6, 2015, image from NASA's Earth-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).
PIA19680:
Solar Activity Seen at Sunspot Site Tracked by Mars Rover
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-26 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This still image from an animation from NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a large group of sunspots that rotated across the Sun over six days (Aug. 21-26, 2015).
PIA19876:
Big Sunspot Group Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This still image from an animation from NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a single plume of plasma, many times taller than the diameter of Earth, spewing streams of particles for over two days (Aug. 17-19, 2015) before breaking apart.
PIA19875:
Eiffel Tower Plume Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This still image from an animation from NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows magnetically charged particles forming a nicely symmetrical arch at the edge of the Sun as they followed the magnetic field lines of an active region (Aug.4-5, 2015).
PIA19874:
A Golden Arch Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-30 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This still image from an animation from NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows dark strands of plasma hovering above the Sun's surface beginning to interact with each other in a form of tug of war over two and a half days (June 28-30, 2015).
PIA18210:
Plasma Push and Pull Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-03 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A pair of substantial coronal holes were the most notable features on the Sun over the week of Mar. 28 - Apr. 2, 2015. The images were taken in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light by NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA17915:
Two Coronal Holes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A large, dark coronal hole at the bottom of the Sun has been the most dominant feature this week (Jan. 29, 2014) as seen by NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA17914:
Substantial Coronal Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A small, but complex mass of plasma gyrated and spun about over the course of 40 hours above the surface of the Sun taken by NASA's GSFC Solar Dynamics Observatory on Sept. 1-3, 2015.
PIA19878:
Tangled up in Blue Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-13 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Sept. 13, 2015, as NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, kept up its constant watch on the sun. Just as the moon came into SDO's field of view on a path to cross the sun, Earth entered the picture, blocking SDO's view completely.
PIA19949:
SDO Transit, September 2015 Animation Icon
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