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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 1851 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the globular cluster NGC 1851 in the southern constellation Columba.
PIA07908:
Globular Cluster NGC 1851 in the Southern Constellation Columba
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 335 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (left) and visual image (right) of the face on barred and ringed spiral galaxy NGC 3351 (M95).
PIA07909:
Face on Barred and Ringed Spiral Galaxy NGC 3351
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 1291 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This ultraviolet image (left) and visual image (right) from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the barred ring galaxy NGC 1291. The VIS image is dominated by the inner disk and bar. The UV image is dominated by the low surface brightness outer arms.
PIA07910:
Barred Ring Galaxy NGC 1291
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 IC 1613 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This ultraviolet image (left) and visual image (right) from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the irregular dwarf galaxy IC 1613.
PIA07911:
Irregular Dwarf Galaxy IC 1613
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 5128 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of NGC 5128 (Centaurus-A). This unusual galaxy is believed to be the result of a collision of two normal galaxies.
PIA07912:
NGC 5128 (Centaurus-A)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-31 GJ 3685A Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This image taken by NASA'S Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows one of the largest flares, or star eruptions, ever recorded at ultraviolet wavelengths. This star is called GJ 3685A.
PIA07249:
Dwarf Star Erupts in Giant Flare Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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Since its launch in 2003, NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer the space telescope originally designed to observe galaxies across the universe in ultraviolet light has discovered a festive sky blinking with flaring and erupting stars.
PIA07250:
It's Not a Bird or a Plane Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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A group of six streaking objects, the identities of which remain unknown, can be seen here flying across the telescope's sight in this image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA07251:
Surprise Ultraviolet Party in the Sky Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-13 M33 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows M33, the Triangulum Galaxy, is a perennial favorite of amateur and professional astronomers alike, due to its orientation and relative proximity to us.
PIA03033:
Anatomy of a Triangulum
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-09 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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From sparkling blue rings to dazzling golden disks and mined from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Survey of Nearby Galaxies data, these cosmic gems were collected with the telescope's sensitive ultraviolet instruments.
PIA03295:
GALEX Distributes Local Galactic Treasures at AAS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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Located 10 million light-years away in the southern constellation Sculptor, the Silver Dollar galaxy, or NGC 253, is one of the brightest spiral galaxies in the night sky as seen in this edge-on view from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA08646:
Triple Scoop from Galaxy Hunter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-01 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is celebrates its fourth year in space with some of M81's 'hottest' stars. In this ultraviolet image, the magnificent M81 spiral galaxy is shown at the center.
PIA09337:
Galaxy Mission Completes Four Star-Studded Years in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-16 Messier 83 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the Southern Pinwheel galaxy, also know as Messier 83 or M83. It is located 15 million light-years away in the southern constellation Hydra.
PIA10374:
Ultraviolet Extensions
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) shows Messier 94, also known as NGC 4736, in ultraviolet light. It is located 17 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici.
PIA17245:
Ultraviolet Ring of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 6744, one of the galaxies most similar to our Milky Way in the local universe.
PIA17247:
Big Brother to the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 4565, one of the nearest and brightest galaxies not included in the famous list by 18th-century comet hunter Charles Messier.
PIA17246:
Galaxy's Pencil-Thin Profile
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-06-01 Messier 81 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
GALEX Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Visible Light
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The perfectly picturesque spiral galaxy known as Messier 81, or M81, looks sharp in this new composite from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes and NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA09579:
M81 Galaxy is Pretty in Pink
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-05 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
NuSTAR
GALEX Telescope
NuSTAR
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These images from NASA's GALEX and NuSTAR is of Andromeda, a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way but larger in size. It lies 2.5 million light-years away in the Andromeda constellation.
PIA20061:
Andromeda in High-Energy X-rays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-23 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
NuSTAR
GALEX Telescope
NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR has identified a candidate pulsar in Andromeda, the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way. This likely pulsar is brighter at high energies than the Andromeda galaxy's entire black hole population.
PIA20970:
Pulsar Candidate in Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-16 Messier 83 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
Very Large Array (VLA)
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The outlying regions around the Southern Pinwheel galaxy, or M83, are highlighted in this composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array in New Mexico.
PIA10373:
Beyond the Borders of a Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
GALEX Telescope
WISE Telescope
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Evidence from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and Galaxy Evolution Explorer missions provide support for the 'inside-out' theory of galaxy evolution, which holds that star formation starts at the core of the galaxy and spreads outward.
PIA17554:
Galaxies Grow from Inside Out
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Gemini Observatory
WISE Telescope
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The third closest star system to the sun, called WISE J104915.57-531906, center of large image, which was taken by NASA's WISE. It appeared to be a single object, but a sharper image from Gemini Observatory, revealed that it was binary star system.
PIA17992:
Brown Dwarfs in our 'Backyard'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
GLIMPSE
MIPSGAL
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A team of volunteers from the general public has pored over observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and discovered more than 5,000 'bubbles' in the disk of our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA15412:
Finding Bubbles in the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-14 Hale Telescope
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This image taken with the Palomar Observatory's Hale Telescope, shows the light from three planets orbiting a star 120 light-years away. The planets' star, called HR8799, is located at the spot marked with an 'X.'
PIA13034:
Portrait of Distant Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-09 Hale Telescope
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This image shows the HR 8799 planets with starlight optically suppressed and data processing conducted to remove residual starlight. Project 1640, NASA's JPL used the Palomar Observatory near San Diego to obtain detailed spectra of the four planets.
PIA17010:
Planetary Family Portrait
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-28 Herschel Space Observatory
Herschel Telescope
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This artist's impression shows the orbits of planets and comets around the star 61 Vir, superimposed on a view from the Herschel Space Telescope.
PIA16467:
A Vast Disk of Comets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-19 Herschel Space Observatory
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Astronomers have discovered some of the youngest stars ever seen thanks to the Herschel space observatory; dense envelopes of gas and dust surround the fledging stars known as protostars, make their detection difficult until now.
PIA16839:
Infant Stars Peek Out from Dusty Cradles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-29 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Herschel Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and ESA's Herschel mission combined to show this view of the Orion nebula, found below the three belt stars in the famous constellation of Orion the Hunter, highlights fledgling stars hidden in the gas and clouds.
PIA13959:
Orion's Rainbow of Infrared Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
HIFI
IRAC
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ESA's Herschel Space Observatory found oxygen molecules in a dense patch of gas and dust adjacent to star-forming regions in the Orion nebula.
PIA14406:
Oxygen No Longer Lost in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
HIFI
IRAC
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This graphic illustrates where astronomers at last found oxygen molecules in space -- near the star-forming core of the Orion nebula. The squiggly lines, or spectra, reveal the signatures of oxygen molecules, detected by ESA's Hershel Space Observatory.
PIA14407:
Oxygen in Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-29 Herschel Space Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
HIFI
WFC3
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The young galaxy SDSS090122.37+181432.3, also known as S0901, is seen here by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope as the bright arc to the left of the central bright galaxy.
PIA18004:
Smeared and Magnified Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Planck
High Frequency Instrument
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Filamentary structures in our Milky Way galaxy are apparent at large scales, as shown in this ESA image from Planck image, on the right, and small scales as seen the Herschel image on the left.
PIA12963:
Milky Way Dust at Different Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-13 Planck
High Frequency Instrument
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This all-sky image shows the distribution of carbon monoxide (CO), a molecule used by astronomers to trace molecular clouds across the sky, as seen by Planck.
PIA15227:
All-sky Image of Molecular Gas and Three Molecular Cloud Complexes seen by Planck
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-04 Mars Dawn
High Resolution Stereo Camera
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Each image on this High Resolution Stereo Camera Image Composite (HRSC) mosaic is of the same location observed by Dawn's Framing Camera when it flew by Mars to complete the spacecraft's gravity assist maneuver on February 17, 2009.
PIA12065:
Dawn's Framing Camera Flys by Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-07 Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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This long-exposure image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of massive galaxy cluster Abell 2744 is the deepest ever made of any cluster of galaxies. Shown in the foreground is Abell 2744, located in the constellation Sculptor.
PIA17569:
Hubble Frontier Field Abell 2744
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-07 Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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The view is a composite of images taken in visible and near-infrared light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Researchers have circled four unusually red objects that appear as they existed just 500 million years after the big bang.
PIA17568:
Distant Galaxies in Goods North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-02 Helix Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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This image of the Helix Nebula from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a fine web of filamentary 'bicycle-spoke' features embedded in the colorful red and blue gas ring, which is one of the nearest planetary nebulae to Earth.
PIA18164:
Iridescent Glory of Nearby Helix Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-14 Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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Known as IRAS 20324+4057 ('The Tadpole'), taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 2012, shows a bright blue tadpole as it appears to swim through the inky blackness of space.
PIA18168:
The Tadpole and the Wriggler
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-25 Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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This pair of visible-light and near-infrared photos from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the giant star N6946-BH1 before and after it vanished out of sight by imploding to form a black hole.
PIA21467:
Massive Star Goes Out With a Whimper Instead of a Bang
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-07 IC 3639 NuSTAR
Hubble Space Telescope
ESO
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IC 3639, a galaxy with an active galactic nucleus, is seen in this image combining data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory.
PIA21087:
Galaxy IC 3639 with Obscured Active Galactic Nucleus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-06 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Researchers found likely twins of the giant, erupting star Eta Carinae by comparing infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (top) and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA20018:
A Full Panel of Twins
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-04 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The image shows galaxy Arp 148, captured by NASA's Spitzer and Hubble telescopes. Specially processed Spitzer data is shown inside the white circle, revealing infrared light from a supernova hidden by dust.
PIA24575:
Hidden Supernova Spotted by Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-21 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Spizter Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Hubble telescope shows one of the most distant galaxies known, called GN-108036, dating back to 750 million years after the Big Bang that created our universe. The galaxy's light took 12.9 billion years to reach us.
PIA15251:
Distant Galaxy Bursts with Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-02-11 Masursky Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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The face of asteroid Masursky as seen by NASA's Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS), January, 2000.
PIA02449:
Masursky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-07-23 HD339457 Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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These five images of single stars, taken at different times with the narrow-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft, show the effects of haze collecting on the camera's optics, then successful removal of the haze by warming treatments.
PIA03477:
Reconditioning of Cassini Narrow-Angle Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Carina Nebula Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft briefly turned its gaze from Saturn and its rings and moons to marvel at the Carina Nebula, a brilliant region 8,000 light years from our solar system and more than 200 light years across.
PIA07773:
Cassini's Galactic Aspirations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-06 Pleiades Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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The stars of the Pleiades cluster, also known by the names 'M45' and 'the Seven Sisters,' shine brightly in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08260:
The Seven Sisters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-30 Pleiades Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft takes a break from the Saturn system to check out the Pleiades star cluster, the Seven Sisters.
PIA11482:
Scoping the Sisters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-26 M11 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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On April 7, 2005, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft's Impactor Target Sensor camera recorded this image of M11, the Wild Duck cluster, a galactic open cluster located 6 thousand light years away.
PIA07878:
Wild Duck Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-09-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This engineering image derives from 100 seconds of observing time on one of the three science instruments aboard the Space InfraRed Telescope Facility (SIRTF) (now known as the Spitzer Space Telescope).
PIA04724:
SIRTF "Aliveness Test" Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope image of a glowing stellar nursery provides a spectacular contrast to the opaque cloud seen in visible light (inset).
PIA04934:
Dark Globule in IC 1396 (IRAC)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The magnificent spiral arms of the nearby galaxy Messier 81 are highlighted in this NASA Spitzer Space Telescope image. Located in the northern constellation of Ursa Major (which also includes the Big Dipper).
PIA04936:
Short-Wavelength Infrared Views of Messier 81
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope transforms a dark cloud into a silky translucent veil, revealing the molecular outflow from an otherwise hidden newborn star.
PIA04939:
Embedded Outflows from Herbig-Haro 46/47
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-13 Tarantula Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, formerly known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, has captured in stunning detail the spidery filaments and newborn stars of theTarantula Nebula, a rich star-forming region also known as 30 Doradus.
PIA05062:
The Tarantula Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-12 Cepheus Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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A cluster of newborn stars herald their birth in this interstellar Valentine's Day commemorative picture obtained with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These bright young stars are found in a rosebud-shaped (and rose-colored) nebulosity known as NGC 7129.
PIA05266:
Spitzer Telescope Sends Rose for Valentine's Day
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Hidden behind a shroud of dust in the constellation Cygnus is a stellar nursery called DR21 as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA05732:
Nursery of Giants
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope allow us to peek behind the cosmic veil and pinpoint one of the most massive natal stars yet seen in our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA05734:
Spitzer Makes "Invisible" Visible
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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In the quest to better understand the birth of stars and the formation of new worlds, astronomers have used NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to examine the massive stars contained in a cloudy region called Sharpless 140.
PIA05878:
A Natal Microcosm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Sometimes, the best way to understand how something works is to take it apart. The same is true for galaxies like NGC 300, which NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has divided into its various parts.
PIA05879:
Dissection of a Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-27 RCW 49 Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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One of the most prolific birthing grounds in our Milky Way galaxy, a nebula called RCW 49, is exposed in superb detail for the first time in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA05989:
Stellar Jewels Shine in New Spitzer Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-01 Centaurus A Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows in unprecedented detail the galaxy Centaurus A's last big meal: a spiral galaxy seemingly twisted into a parallelogram-shaped structure of dust.
PIA06007:
The Making of a Galactic Parallelogram
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-28 NGC 7331 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured these infrared images of a nearby spiral galaxy that resembles our own Milky Way. The targeted galaxy, known as NGC 7331 and sometimes referred to as our galaxy's twin.
PIA06322:
Morphology of Our Galaxy's 'Twin'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-09 NGC 246 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dying star (center) surrounded by a cloud of glowing gas and dust.
PIA06755:
Ring of Stellar Death
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals hidden populations of newborn stars at the heart of the colliding 'Antennae' galaxies. These two galaxies are known individually as NGC 4038 and 4039.
PIA06853:
Life at the Intersection of Colliding Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals hidden populations of newborn stars at the heart of the colliding 'Antennae' galaxies. These two galaxies are known individually as NGC 4038 and 4039.
PIA06854:
Fire within the Antennae Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This composite image represent views of Kepler's supernova remnant taken in X-rays, visible light, and infrared radiation.
PIA06910:
Kepler's Supernova Remnant: A View from Spitzer Space Telescope
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This false-color image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a globular cluster previously hidden in the dusty plane of our Milky Way galaxy. Globular clusters are compact bundles of old stars that date back to the birth of our galaxy.
PIA06928:
Spitzer Digs Up Galactic Fossil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates how planetary systems arise out of massive collisions between rocky bodies. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that these catastrophes continue to occur around stars even after they have developed full-sized planets.
PIA06939:
The Rocky World of Young Planetary Systems (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-02-08 OTS 44 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows that an extraordinarily low-mass brown dwarf, or 'failed star,' called OTS 44, is circled by a disc of planet-building dust.
PIA07337:
Planetary Building Blocks Found in Surprising Place
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-02-11 Ring Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope finds a delicate flower in the Ring Nebula, as shown in this image. The outer shell of this planetary nebula looks surprisingly similar to the delicate petals of a camellia blossom.
PIA07343:
Ring Beholds a Delicate Flower Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-18 RCW 79 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope sees RCW 79 in the southern Milky Way, 17,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus.
PIA07841:
A Bubble Bursts
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-30 Carina Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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These false-color image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the 'South Pillar' region of the star-forming region called the Carina Nebula.
PIA03515:
All Pillars Point to Eta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-10 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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This Spitzer Space Telescope composite shows the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (white ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (gray, orange and blue). It consists of two processed images taken one year apart.
PIA03517:
Dead Star Rumbles
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These images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken one year apart, show the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (yellow ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (reddish orange).
PIA03518:
A Year in the Life of an Infrared Echo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The Tadpole galaxy is the result of a recent galactic interaction in the local universe. These spectacular images were taken by NASA's Spitzer Wide-area Infrared Extragalactic (SWIRE) Legacy project.
PIA03543:
A SWIRE Picture is Worth Billions of Years
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows two opposing bubbles being formed in opposite directions by the powerful outflows from massive groups of forming stars. The baby stars can be seen as specks of yellow where the two bubbles overlap.
PIA03544:
Black Widow Nebula Hiding in the Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This majestic false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows 'mountains' where stars are born. These towering pillars of cool gas and dust are illuminated at their tips with light from warm embryonic stars.
PIA03096:
Towering Infernos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-15 Perseus Spitzer Space Telescope
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Located 1,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, a reflection nebula called NGC 1333 epitomizes the beautiful chaos of a dense group of stars being born. This image is from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA03545:
Chaotic Star Birth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This false-color infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows little 'dwarf galaxies' forming in the 'tails' of two larger galaxies that are colliding together.
PIA03605:
Dwarf Galaxies Swimming in Tidal Tails
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-13 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
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In visible light, the bulk of our Milky Way galaxy's stars are eclipsed behind thick clouds of galactic dust and gas. But to the infrared eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, distant stars and dust clouds shine with unparalleled clarity and color.
PIA03239:
A Glimpse of the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-09 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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The Helix nebula exhibits complex structure on the smallest visible scales. It is composed of gaseous shells and disks puffed out by a dying sun-like star.
PIA03294:
The Infrared Helix
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This dazzling infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows hundreds of thousands of stars crowded into the swirling core of our spiral Milky Way galaxy.
PIA03654:
A Cauldron of Stars at the Galaxy's Center
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Our Milky Way is a dusty place. So dusty that we cannot see the center of the galaxy in visible light. Thanks to NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's excellent resolution, the dusty features within the galactic center are seen in unprecedented detail.
PIA03653:
The Milky Way Center Aglow with Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Galaxy NGC 4579 was captured by the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxy Survey, or Sings, Legacy project using the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared array camera. I
PIA08007:
Galaxy NGC 4579
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a galaxy that appears to be sizzling hot, with huge plumes of smoke swirling around it. The galaxy is known as Messier 82 or the 'Cigar galaxy.'
PIA02917:
Smokin' Hot Galaxy (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Like great friends, galaxies stick together. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have spotted a handful of great galactic pals bonding back when the universe was a mere 4.6 billion years old.
PIA02038:
Great Galactic Buddies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Something appears to be peering through a shiny red mask, in this new false-colored image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The mysterious blue eyes are actually starlight from the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163.
PIA08098:
Ready for the Cosmic Ball
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This image shows the Andromeda galaxy, first as seen in visible light by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, then as seen in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08506:
Fade to Red Animation Icon
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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have spotted a 'dust factory' 30 million light-years away in the spiral galaxy M74. The factory is located at the scene of a massive star's explosive death, or supernova.
PIA08533:
Supernova Dust Factory in M74
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-15 Orion Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making factory, 1,450 light-years from Earth. The nebula is close enough to appear to the naked eye as a fuzzy star in the sword of the constellation.
PIA08653:
The Sword of Orion Animation Icon
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory compare infrared and visible views of the famous Orion nebula and its surrounding cloud, an industrious star-making region located near the hunter constellation's sword.
PIA08654:
The Infrared Hunter
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This image composite shows a part of the Orion constellation surveyed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The shape of the main image was designed by astronomers to roughly follow the shape of Orion cloud A, an enormous star-making factory.
PIA08655:
A Slice of Orion
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This image composite outlines the region near Orion's sword that was surveyed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (white box). The Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making factory, is the brightest spot near the hunter's sword.
PIA08656:
Infrared Spotlight on Orion's Sword
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This vibrant image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our own Milky Way galaxy.
PIA07136:
Our Chaotic Neighbor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-26 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows the explosion of a massive star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that the star exploded with some degree of order.
PIA01902:
Order Amidst Chaos of Star's Explosion (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-26 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the scattered remains of an exploded star named Cassiopeia A. Spitzer's infrared detectors 'picked' through these remains and found that much of the star's original layering had been preserved.
PIA01903:
Lighting up a Dead Star's Layers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This is a composite image of N49, the brightest supernova remnant in optical light in the Large Magellanic Cloud; the image combines data from the Chandra X-ray Telescope (blue) and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (red).
PIA09071:
Stellar Debris in the Large Magellanic Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Infant stars are glowing gloriously in this image of the Serpens star-forming region, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The reddish-pink dots are baby stars deeply embedded in the cosmic cloud of gas and dust that collapsed to create it.
PIA09072:
Seeing Stars in Serpens
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This is an image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of stars and galaxies in the Ursa Major constellation. This infrared image covers a region of space so large that light would take up to 100 million years to travel across it.
PIA09100:
The Universe's First Fireworks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-16 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescope combined to show a pair of interacting galaxies might be experiencing the galactic equivalent of a mid-life crisis.
PIA09106:
Older Galaxy Pair Has Surprisingly Youthful Glow
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