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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Tipped toward Earth and illuminated by the star, these rings look like ellipses in images taken with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The massive star at the center, which lies within the constellation Sagittarius, is about 7,200 light-years from Earth.
PIA09119:
Luminous Blue Variable: Destined To Be a Supernova?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This diagram illustrates that mature planetary systems like our own might be more common around twin, or binary, stars that are either really close together, or really far apart.
PIA09227:
Where Planets Take up Residence
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-16 Pleiades Spitzer Space Telescope
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The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades star cluster, seem to float on a bed of feathers in a new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Clouds of dust sweep around the stars, swaddling them in a cushiony veil.
PIA09262:
Pink Pleiades
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-18 Rosette Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Rosette nebula, a pretty star-forming region more than 5,000 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros.
PIA09267:
Every Rose has a Thorn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-18 Rosette Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is of the Rosette nebula, a turbulent star-forming region located 5,000 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros.
PIA09268:
Infrared Rose Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image shows the first-ever map of the surface of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. Showing temperature variations across the cloudy tops of a gas giant called HD 189733b, the infrared data is taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09376:
First Map of Alien World (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
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Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were able to create the first-ever map of the surface of a planet beyond our solar system. The planet, a hot and cloudy gas giant is called HD 189733b.
PIA09377:
How to Map a Very Faraway Planet (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-17 Barnard 30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars 'hatching' in the head of the hunter constellation, Orion.
PIA09412:
Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Two large elliptical galaxies, NGC 4889 and NGC 4874 are shown in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09561:
Dwarfs in Coma Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-06 CL0958+4702 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted a four-way collision, or merger, in a giant cluster of galaxies, called CL0958+4702, located nearly five billion light-years away.
PIA09955:
Fearsome Foursome
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-24 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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An expanded image of the Helix nebula lends a festive touch to the fourth anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09962:
Spitzer Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with Celestial Fireworks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-29 NGC 1333 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This diagram illustrates the earliest journeys of water in a young, forming star system. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to probe a crucial phase of this stellar evolution.
PIA09966:
Steamy Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-09-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows young stars plus diffuse emission from dust. The Corona Australis region (containing, at its heart, the Coronet cluster) is one of the nearest and most active regions of ongoing star formation.
PIA09926:
Infrared Coronet Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A big galaxy is stealing gas right off the 'back' of its smaller companion in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The stolen gas is hot, but it might eventually cool down to make new stars and planets.
PIA10087:
Wanted: Galactic Thief Who Steals Gas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-08 HH 46/47 Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this processed Spitzer Space Telescope image, baby star HH 46/47 can be seen blowing two massive 'bubbles.' The star is 1,140 light-years away from Earth.
PIA10111:
Bubbly Little Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-29 L1157 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A rare, infrared view of a developing star and its flaring jets taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows us what our own solar system might have looked like billions of years ago.
PIA10119:
Baby Picture of our Solar System Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-18 NGC 4258 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This composite image is of spiral galaxy M106 (NGC 4258); optical data from the Digitized Sky Survey is yellow, radio data from the Very Large Array is purple, X-ray data from Chandra is blue, and infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope is red.
PIA10204:
Anomalous Arms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-02-11 Rho Ophiuchi Spitzer Space Telescope
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Newborn stars peek out from beneath their natal blanket of dust in this dynamic image of the Rho Ophiuchi dark cloud from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This nebula is about 407 light years away from Earth.
PIA10182:
Young Stars in Their Baby Blanket of Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-03 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
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More than 444,580 frames from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were stitched together to create this portrait of the raging star-formation occurring in the inner Milky Way.
PIA10749:
Inner Milky Way Raging with Star Formation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-21 Messier 101 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The tangled arms of the Pinwheel galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 101, are decked out in red in this new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10967:
Pinwheel Looks 'Fab' in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-22 W5 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Generations of stars can be seen in this new infrared portrait from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. In this wispy star-forming region, called W5, the oldest stars can be seen as blue dots in the centers of the two hollow cavities.
PIA11047:
Spitzer Reveals Stellar 'Family Tree'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-18 Perseus Spitzer Space Telescope
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A jet of gas firing out of a very young star can be seen ramming into a wall of material in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA11173:
Laser-Sharp Jet Splits Water
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-08 NGC 346 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This painterly portrait of a star-forming cloud, called NGC 346, is a combination of multiwavelength light from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the European Southern Observatory's New Technology Telescope, and the European Space Agency.
PIA11227:
Stellar Work of Art
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a new, infrared view of the choppy star-making cloud called M17, or the Swan nebula.
PIA11445:
Celestial Sea of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This photograph from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the young star cluster NGC 2362. By studying it, astronomers found that gas giant planet formation happens very rapidly and efficiently, within less than 5 million years.
PIA11747:
Baby Jupiters Must Gain Weight Fast
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This figure charts 30 hours of observations taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of a strongly irradiated exoplanet (an planet orbiting a star beyond our own). Spitzer measured changes in the planet's heat, or infrared light.
PIA11390:
Light from Red-Hot Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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These computer-generated images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope chart the development of severe weather patterns on the highly eccentric exoplanet HD 80606b during the days after its closest approach to its parent star.
PIA11391:
Severe Exoplanetary Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a computer simulation of the planet HD 80606b from an observer located at a point in space lying between the Earth and the HD 80606 system.
PIA11392:
Tour of Planet with Extreme Temperature Swings Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-02-10 Messier 101 Hubble Space Telescope
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The galaxy Messier 101 is a swirling spiral of stars, gas, and dust. Messier 101 is nearly twice as wide as our Milky Way galaxy in this image as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA11796:
Spitzer Space Telescope's View of Galaxy Messier 101
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-16 NGC 6240 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope combined to make this image of a pair of colliding galaxies called NGC 6240 shows them in a rare, short-lived phase of their evolution just before they merge into a single, larger galaxy.
PIA11828:
Galaxies Collide to Create Hot, Huge Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-12 NGC 6543 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured the 'Cat's Eye' nebula, or NGC 6543, is a well-studied example of a 'planetary nebula.' Such objects are the glowing remnants of dust and gas expelled from moderate-sized stars during their last stages of life.
PIA11827:
Galactic Dust Bunnies Found to Contain Carbon After All
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-03 M33 Spitzer Space Telescope
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One of our closest galactic neighbors shows its awesome beauty in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. M33, also known as the Triangulum Galaxy, is a member of what's known as our Local Group of galaxies.
PIA11970:
M33: A Close Neighbor Reveals its True Size and Splendor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the spiral galaxy NGC 2841, located about 46 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major. The galaxy is helping astronomers solve one of the oldest puzzles in astronomy.
PIA12001:
Why Are Galaxies So Smooth?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-08 M17 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a new, infrared view of the choppy star-making cloud called M17, also known as Omega Nebula or the Swan nebula.
PIA12071:
Celestial Sea of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-30 Messier 81 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Here we see two different views of the spiral galaxy, Messier 81. On the left is an image taken in blue light, while on the right is a specially-processed version of an image taken with NASA's Spitzer's infrared array camera at 4.5 microns.
PIA12073:
"Missing Link" Found
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-10 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows three baby stars in the bustling center of our Milky Way galaxy. The three stars are the first to be discovered in the region.
PIA12074:
Baby Stars Finally Found in Jumbled Galactic Center
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-23 NGC 1097 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has imaged a wild creature of the dark -- a coiled galaxy with an eye-like object at its center.
PIA12151:
Coiled Creature of the Night
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image is one of the first to be taken during Spitzer's warm mission -- a new phase that began after the telescope, which operated for more than five-and-a-half years, ran out of liquid coolant.
PIA12164:
Spitzer's First Warm Images
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-07 Hubble Space Telescope
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This picture highlights a slice of Saturn's largest ring. The ring (red band) was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which detected infrared light, or heat, from the dusty ring material.
PIA12259:
Infrared Ring around Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-10 Chandra X-ray Observatory
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In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, NASA's Great Observatories -- Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Chandra X-ray Observatory -- have produced a matched trio of images of the central region of our Milky Way.
PIA12348:
Great Observatories' Unique Views of the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows two young brown dwarfs, objects that fall somewhere between planets and stars in terms of their temperature and mass.
PIA12377:
Twin Brown Dwarfs Wrapped in a Blanket
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The image shows the Orion nebula, a happening place where stars are born.
PIA13005:
Orion's Dreamy Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope contributed to the infrared component of the observations of a surprisingly large collections of galaxies (red dots in center). Shorter-wavelength infrared and visible data are provided by Japan's Subaru telescope.
PIA13134:
Galactic Metropolis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image is one of six images taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, showing that tight-knit twin, or binary stars might be triggered to form by asymmetrical envelopes.
PIA13149:
Blobs House Twin Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope using infrared light shows what astronomers think is one of the coldest brown dwarfs discovered so far (red dot in middle of frame).
PIA13216:
Cool as a Stellar Cucumber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This star-forming region, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is dominated by the bright, young star IRAS 13481-6124; it is the first massive baby star for which astronomers could obtain a detailed look at the dusty disk closely encircling it.
PIA13276:
Massive Young Star and its Cradle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Two extremely bright stars illuminate a greenish mist in this image from the new 'GLIMPSE360' survey from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The fog is comprised of hydrogen and carbon compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
PIA13301:
Bright Lights, Green City
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image shows an outflow of gas from a new star as it jets from a space object dubbed IRAS 21078+5211. The reddish blob in its center, as picked up by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope contrasts nicely with the clouds, colored green, that surround it.
PIA13302:
A Shocking Outflow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A star-forming region shines from the considerable distance of more than 30,000 light-years away in the upper left of this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This image is a combination of data from Spitzer and the Two Micron All Sky Survey.
PIA13303:
Beastly Stars and a Bubble
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a wispy, vast structure in the constellation Perseus with a small bubble right in its center puffed out by spasms of fresh-formed, heavyweight stars.
PIA13304:
Awash in Green and Red
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of two tangled galaxies has been released by NASA's Great Observatories. The Antennae galaxies are shown in this composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA13316:
NASA's Great Observatories Witness a Galactic Spectacle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Astronomers have found that stars are forming more rapidly in the center of a distant galaxy cluster than at its edges, which is completely reversed from galaxy clusters seen in the local universe.
PIA13335:
Ancient Galaxy Cluster Still Producing Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates a tight pair of stars and a surrounding disk of dust, most likely the shattered remains of planetary smashups. Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the scientists found dusty evidence for such collisions.
PIA13346:
Circle of Planetary Ashes (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates an imminent planetary collision around a pair of double stars. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such collisions could be common around a certain type of tight double, or binary, star system.
PIA13347:
Before the Smashup (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This series of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dark mass of gas and dust, called a core, where new stars and planets will likely spring up. This particular core lies deep within a larger dark cloud called L183.
PIA13409:
An Unexpected Scattering of Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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An infrared photo of the Small Magellanic Cloud taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is shown in this artist's illustration; an example of a planetary nebula, and a magnified depiction of buckyballs.
PIA13551:
Extragalactic Space Balls (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-19 Hubble Space Telescope
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A brilliant burst of star formation is revealed in this image combining observations from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes. The collision of two spiral galaxies has triggered this luminous starburst.
PIA13632:
Shrouded Starburst
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates the presence of molecules in the planet WASP-12b -- a super-hot gas giant that orbits tightly around its star.
PIA13690:
Signature of a Carbon-Rich Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to show that a 'standard candle' used to measure cosmological distances is shrinking, a finding that affects precise measurements of the age, size and expansion rate of our universe.
PIA13781:
Standard Candle in the Wind
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Maffei 2 is the poster child for an infrared galaxy that is almost invisible to optical telescopes. But this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope penetrates the dust to reveal the galaxy in all its glory.
PIA13789:
The Hidden Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a swirling landscape of stars known as the North America nebula. Clusters of young stars (about one million years old) can be found throughout the image.
PIA13843:
The Case of the Disappearing Continent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This view of the North America nebula combines both visible and infrared light observations, taken by the Digitized Sky Survey and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Clusters of young stars (about one million years old) can be found throughout the image.
PIA13845:
North America Nebula in Different Lights
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This view of the Sunflower galaxy highlights a variety of infrared wavelengths captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA13900:
Spitzer's Sunflower Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-04 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope took this image of a baby star sprouting two identical jets (green lines emanating from fuzzy star). The left jet was hidden behind a dark cloud, which Spitzer can see through.
PIA13930:
It's Twins! Spitzer Finds Hidden Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This graphic illustrates a stellar fountain of crystal rain, beginning with a NASA Spitzer picture of the star in question, and ending with an artist's concept of what the crystal 'rain' might look like.
PIA14099:
Finding Forsterite Around a Developing Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows what lies near the sword of the constellation Orion -- an active stellar nursery containing thousands of young stars and developing protostars. Many will turn out like our sun.
PIA14101:
Stars Adorn Orion's Sword
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope exposes the depths of this dusty nebula with its infrared vision, showing stellar infants that are lost behind dark clouds when viewed in visible light.
PIA14106:
Making a Spectacle of Star Formation in Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-20 IC 342 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Looking like a spider's web swirled into a spiral, galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this infrared light image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA14401:
Spider Web of Stars in IC 342A
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-10 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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The 'Dumbbell nebula,' also known as Messier 27, pumps out infrared light in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Planetary nebulae are now known to be the remains of stars that once looked a lot like our sun.
PIA14417:
Weighing in on the Dumbbell Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Swirling dust clouds and bright newborn stars dominate the view in this image of the Lagoon nebula from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The nebula lies in the general direction of the center of our galaxy in the constellation Sagittarius.
PIA14728:
Into the Depths of the Lagoon Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A bubbling cauldron of star birth is highlighted in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Massive stars have blown bubbles, or cavities, in the dust and gas -- a violent process that triggers both the death and birth of stars.
PIA15253:
Stars Brewing in Cygnus X
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This nebula, which is in the constellation of Scutum, has no common name since it is hidden behind dust clouds. It takes an infrared telescope like NASA's Spitzer to see through this dark veil and reveal this spectacular hidden nebula.
PIA15413:
An Audience Favorite Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared vision of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed that the Sombrero galaxy, named after its appearance in visible light to a wide-brimmed hat, is in fact two galaxies in one.
PIA15426:
The Sombrero Galaxy's Split Personality
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal the Sombrero galaxy is not simply a regular flat disk galaxy of stars as previously believed, but a more round elliptical galaxy with a flat disk tucked inside.
PIA15427:
Sombrero Galaxy Not So Flat After All
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals the light from a 'super Earth' called 55 Cancri e. The planet is the smallest yet, beyond our solar system, to reveal its direct light.
PIA15621:
Magician of a Planet Disappears to Reveal Itself
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Astronomers have uncovered patterns of light that appear to be from the first stars and galaxies that formed in the universe. The light patterns were hidden within a strip of sky observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA15634:
Hidden Patterns of Light Revealed by Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The image on the left shows a portion of our sky, called the Boötes field, in infrared light, while the image on the right shows a mysterious, background infrared glow captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in the same region of sky.
PIA16215:
Unmasking a Hidden Glow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The giant star Zeta Ophiuchi, a young, large and hot star located around 370 light-years away, is having a 'shocking' effect on the surrounding dust clouds in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA16604:
Massive Star Makes Waves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows galaxy Messier 94, also known as NGC 4736? At first glance one might see a number of them, astronomers believe there is just one.
PIA17011:
Galactic Wheels within Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This cloud of glowing gas is the Iris nebula, also called NGC 7023.as seen in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It lies 1,300 light-years away in the Cepheus constellation.
PIA17015:
Infrared Iris
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a striking example of what is called a hierarchical bubble structure, in which one giant bubble, carved into the dust of space by massive stars, has triggered the formation of smaller bubbles.
PIA17017:
Bubbles Within Bubbles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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There are nearly 200 galaxies within the marked circles in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are part of the Perseus-Pisces supercluster of galaxies located 250 million light-years away.
PIA17241:
Galaxies in Hiding
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image shows two of the galaxy clusters observed by NASA's WISE and Spitzer Space Telescope missions. Galaxy clusters are among the most massive structures in the universe.
PIA17253:
Monster in the Middle: Brightest Cluster Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this new view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA17256:
The Barred Sculptor Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Massive stars can wreak havoc on their surroundings, as can be seen in this new view of the Carina nebula from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA17257:
The Tortured Clouds of Eta Carinae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This trio of ghostly images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the disembodied remains of dying stars called planetary nebulas. Planetary nebulas are a late stage in a sun-like star's life.
PIA17552:
Death Beckons Three Aging Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Subaru Telescope
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The big blob-like structure shown here, named Himiko after the legendary ancient queen of Japan, turns out to be three galaxies thought to be in the process of merging into one.
PIA17558:
Three-headed Galactic Blob
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The collection of red dots seen here show one of several very distant galaxy clusters discovered by combining ground-based optical data from the NOAO's Kitt Peak National Observatory with infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA17565:
Galactic Metropolis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The red arc in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a giant shock wave, created by a speeding star known as Kappa Cassiopeiae.
PIA17843:
Speedster Star Shocks the Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The closest supernova of its kind to be observed in the last few decades, M82 or the 'Cigar galaxy,' has sparked a global observing campaign involving legions of instruments on the ground and in space, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA17847:
Seeing Through a Veil of Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This mosaic reveals a panorama of the Milky Way from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This picture covers only about three percent of the sky, but includes more than half of the galaxy's stars and the majority of its star formation activity.
PIA17996:
GLIMPSE the Galaxy All the Way Around
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. A large cloud looms in the center of this image of the galactic plane from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA18010:
Mapping the Densest Dusty Cloud Cores
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-04 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows N103B -- all that remains from a supernova that exploded a millennium ago in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy 160,000 light-years away from our own Milky Way.
PIA18009:
Dissecting Dust from Detonation of Dead Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light.
PIA18847:
Ring of Stellar Fire
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The famous Horsehead nebula takes on a ghostly appearance in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, released on December 18, 2014.
PIA18905:
Horsehead of a Different Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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'Yellow balls' -- which are several hundred to thousands times the size of our solar system -- are pictured here in the center of this image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA18908:
Finding 'Yellowballs' in our Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This series of images show three evolutionary phases of massive star formation, as pictured in infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA18909:
Evolution of a Massive Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-16 NGC 4993 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has provisionally detected the faint afterglow of the explosive merger of two neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993.
PIA21910:
Spitzer Observes Neutron Star Collision
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-02 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Thin, red veins of energized gas mark the location of the supernova remnant HBH 3 in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA22564:
Spitzer Spies Supernova Remnant HBH 3
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The Cat's Paw Nebula, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is a star-forming region that lies inside the Milky Way Galaxy.
PIA22568:
Cat's Paw Image 1
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