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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The Cat's Paw Nebula, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows a dark filament running through the middle, composed of dense gas and dust.
PIA22567:
Cat's Paw Image 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image, by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows the merger of two galaxies, known as NGC 7752 (larger) and NGC 7753 (smaller), also collectively called Arp86.
PIA23006:
GOALS Merging Galaxies NGC 7752 & 7753
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image, by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows the merger of two galaxies, known as NGC 6786 (right) and UGC 11415 (left), also collectively called VII Zw 96.
PIA23007:
GOALS Merging Galaxies VII Zw 96
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image, by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows two merging galaxies known as Arp 302, also called VV 340.
PIA23008:
GOALS Merging Galaxies Arp 302
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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These three images, by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, show merging galaxies observed for the Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey, or GOALS.
PIA23009:
GOALS Merging Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows W40, a nebula, or a giant cloud of gas and dust.
PIA23121:
Space Butterfly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-08 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This deep-field view of the sky taken by NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes is dominated by galaxies.
PIA23123:
A Field of Galaxies Seen by Spitzer and Hubble
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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A mosaic by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of the Cepheus C and Cepheus B regions. This image combines data from Spitzer's IRAC instrument only.
PIA23127:
Cepheus C and Cepheus B Region by Spitzer (One-Instrument)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-07-31 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows Galaxy NGC 5866, oriented almost exactly edge-on, yielding most of its structural features invisible.
PIA23129:
NASA's Spitzer Spots a Perfectly Sideways Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-09-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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This composite image shows the Coronet in X-rays from Chandra and infrared from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (orange, green, and cyan). The Spitzer data show young stars plus diffuse emission from dust.
PIA09925:
Coronet: A Star-Formation Neighbor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
W. M. Keck Observatory
IRAC
Keck I Telescope
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This plot shows that a pulsar, the remnant of a stellar explosion, is surrounded by a disk of its own ashes. The disk, revealed by the two data points at the far right from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is the first ever found around a pulsar.
PIA08041:
Circle of Ashes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Mosaic-I Camera
Mayall 4-Meter Telescope
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Astronomers have discovered nearly 300 galaxy clusters and groups, including almost 100 located 8 to 10 billion light-years away, using the space-based Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based Mayall 4-meter telescope.
PIA08509:
Galaxies Gather at Great Distances
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows the wispy filamentary structure of Henize 206, is a four-color composite mosaic created by combining data from an infrared array camera (IRAC).
PIA05517:
Star Formation in Henize 206
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This image from NASA Spitzer Space Telescope shows an exceptionally bright source of radio emission in the constellation Cygnus in a steller nursery called DR21.
PIA05735:
Star Formation in the DR21 Region (A)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows an exceptionally bright source of radio emission called DR21.
PIA05736:
Star Formation in the DR21 Region (B)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-12 Trifid Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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The Trifid Nebula is a giant star-forming cloud of gas and dust located 5,400 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius, seen here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA07225:
New Views of a Familiar Beauty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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The Trifid Nebula is a giant star-forming cloud of gas and dust located 5,400 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius, seen here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA07226:
Stellar 'Incubators' Seen Cooking up Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows changes in the infrared light output of two star-planet systems (one above, one below) located hundreds of light-years away.
PIA07491:
The Language of Planetary Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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Newborn stars, hidden behind thick dust, are revealed in this image of a section of the Christmas Tree cluster from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, a joint effort between Spitzer's infrared array camera and multiband imaging photometer instrument.
PIA03244:
Stellar Snowflake Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-06 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the supernova remnant 1E0102.2-7219 sits next to the nebula N76 in a bright, star-forming region of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA08516:
Dusty Death of a Massive Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This vibrant image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (detected by the multiband imaging photometer) shows the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our own Milky Way galaxy.
PIA07137:
What's Old is New in the Large Magellanic Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows what astronomers are referring to as a 'snake' (upper left) and its surrounding stormy environment.
PIA01318:
Where Galactic Snakes Live
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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A star's spectacular death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D. This composite image uses data from three of NASA's Great Observatories. The Chandra X-ray, Hubble Space, and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA01320:
Dead Star Creates Celestial Havoc
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This majestic view taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells an untold story of life and death in the Eagle nebula, an industrious star-making factory located 7,000 light-years away in the Serpens constellation.
PIA09107:
Cosmic Epic Unfolds in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This image composite highlights the pillars of the Eagle nebula, as seen in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (bottom) and visible light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top insets).
PIA09109:
Unwrapping the Pillars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This set of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Eagle nebula in different hues of infrared light. Each view tells a different tale.
PIA09108:
Eagle Nebula Flaunts its Infrared Feathers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-12 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.
PIA09178:
Comets Kick up Dust in Helix Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-16 Pleiades Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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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.
PIA09263:
The Seven Sisters Pose for Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-17 Barnard 30 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars 'hatching' in the head of the hunter constellation, Orion. The region featured in this Spitzer image is called Barnard 30.
PIA09411:
Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-02-11 Rho Ophiuchi Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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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.
PIA10181:
Young Stars in Their Baby Blanket of Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-10 Omega Centauri Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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A cluster brimming with millions of stars glistens like an iridescent opal in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Called Omega Centauri, the sparkling orb of stars is like a miniature galaxy.
PIA10372:
Omega Centauri Looks Radiant in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Near Infrared Spectrometer
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The false-color composite image of the Stephan's Quintet galaxy cluster is made up of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a ground-based telescope in Spain.
PIA02587:
A Shocking Surprise in Stephan's Quintet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have teamed up to expose the chaos that baby stars are creating 1,500 light-years away in a cosmic cloud called the Orion nebula.
PIA01322:
Chaos at the Heart of Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-13 M51 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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A composite image of M51, also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, shows the majesty of its structure in a dramatic new way through several of NASA's orbiting observatories.
PIA10200:
A Classic Beauty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-04 Messier 104 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on one of the most famous objects in the sky, Messier 104, also called the Sombrero galaxy.
PIA07899:
Spitzer Spies Spectacular Sombrero Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-27 HUDF-JD2 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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This image demonstrates how data from two of NASA's Great Observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes, are used to identify one of the most distant galaxies ever seen. This galaxy is named named HUDF-JD2.
PIA03542:
Big Galaxy in Baby Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-26 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes combined to make these shape-shifting galaxies taking on the form of a giant mask. The icy blue eyes are actually the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163, and the mask is their spiral arms.
PIA08097:
Eyes in the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-21 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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This new false-colored image from NASA's Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes shows a giant jet of particles that has been shot out from the vicinity of a type of supermassive black hole called a quasar.
PIA08617:
Black Hole Spills Kaleidoscope of Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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Two rambunctious young stars are destroying their natal dust cloud with powerful jets of radiation, in an infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09338:
Spitzer Digs Up Hidden Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-10 Cassiopeia A Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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This false-color image from three of NASA's Great Observatories provides one example of a star that died in a fiery supernova blast. Called Cassiopeia A, this supernova remnant is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.
PIA03519:
Cassiopeia A: Death Becomes Her Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
IRAS
MIPS
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These two data plots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show a primitive supermassive black hole (top) compared to a typical one; usually, dust tori are missing and only gas disks are observed in primitive black holes.
PIA12965:
How to Spot a Primitive Black Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope imaged the mysterious ring around magnetar SGR 1900+14 in infrared light.
PIA10711:
Ghostly Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-21 Messier 101 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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The Pinwheel galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 101, sports bright reddish edges in this new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10968:
"No Organics" Zone Circles Pinwheel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Kitt Peak National Observatory
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Infrared images from instruments at Kitt Peak National Observatory (left) and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope document the outburst of HOPS 383, a young protostar in the Orion star-formation complex.
PIA18928:
Embryonic Star's Outburst
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-02 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Kitt Peak National Observatory
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This image, containing data from NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes, shows a cluster of young stars expected to burn for billions of years.
PIA19347:
Cosmic Sparklers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-03 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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More than 800,000 frames from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were stitched together to create this infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way.
PIA10750:
Spitzer Finds Clarity in the Inner Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows he 'Peony nebula' star, a blazing ball of gas shines with the equivalent light of 3.2 million suns.
PIA10955:
'Peony Nebula' Star Settles for Silver Medal Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-22 W5 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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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.
PIA11046:
Spitzer Reveals Stellar 'Family Tree'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the nasty effects of living near a group of massive stars: radiation and winds from the massive stars (white spot in center) are blasting planet-making material away from stars like our sun.
PIA11726:
Devastated Stellar Neighborhood
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-03 M33 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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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.
PIA11969:
M33: A Close Neighbor Reveals its True Size and Splendor (3-color composite)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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This infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, reveals the stars and dust in this galaxy as never seen before. This nearby satellite galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy is some 200,000 light-years away.
PIA12485:
Little Galaxy Explored
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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This visible-light view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope highlights the bright M17 nebula, as well as the glowing hot gas filling the 'bubble' to its left.
PIA13240:
Dragon's Lair
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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A dragon-shaped cloud of dust seems to fly out from a bright explosion in this infrared light image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These views have revealed that this dark cloud, called M17 SWex, is forming stars at a furious rate.
PIA13241:
The Invisible Dragon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This visible light/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.
PIA13844:
An Extended Stellar Family
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infrared light from the Sunflower galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 63. Spitzer's view highlights the galaxy's dusty spiral arms.
PIA13901:
Sunflower Galaxy Glows with Infrared Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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A view from the bustling center of our galactic metropolis. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope offers a fresh, infrared view of the frenzied scene at the center of our Milky Way, revealing what lies behind the dust.
PIA13932:
Stars Gather in 'Downtown' Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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This glowing emerald nebula seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is named RCW 120; this region of hot gas and glowing dust can be found in the murky clouds encircled by the tail of the constellation Scorpius.
PIA14104:
In the Blackest Night, a Green Ring Nebula
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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. The very center glows especially brightly in the infrared.
PIA14402:
A Twisted Star-Forming Web in the Galaxy IC 342
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-15 Messier 100 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The galaxy Messier 100, or M100, shows its swirling spiral in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The arcing spiral arms of dust and gas that harbor star forming regions glow vividly when seen in the infrared.
PIA15909:
Hot and Cold in the M100 Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-15 Messier 100 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, of M100 is a classic example of a grand design spiral galaxy, with prominent and well-defined spiral arms winding from the hot center, out to the cooler edges of the galaxy.
PIA15910:
The Swirling Arms of the M100 Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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A mosaic by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of the Cepheus C and Cepheus B regions. This image combines data from Spitzer's IRAC and MIPS instruments.
PIA23126:
Cepheus C and Cepheus B Region by Spitzer (Two-Instrument)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-03 AMS08 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
Very Large Array (VLA)
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This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a distant galaxy (yellow) that houses a quasar, a super-massive black hole circled by a ring, or torus, of gas and dust.
PIA08001:
Gorilla Black Hole in the Mist
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
Visible Light
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope caught a glimpse of the Cepheus constellation, thirty thousand light-years away; astronomers think they've found a massive star whose death barely made a peep.
PIA08453:
The (Almost) Invisible Aftermath of a Massive Star's Death
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-10 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
SPIRE
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This image shows the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light as seen by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The brightest center-left region is called 30 Doradus, or the Tarantula Nebula.
PIA15254:
Dusty Space Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-10 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
SPIRE
PACS
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In combined data from ESA's Herschel and NASA's Spitzer telescopes, irregular distribution of dust in the Small Magellanic Cloud becomes clear. A stream of dust extends to left, known as the galaxy's 'wing,' and a bar of star formation appears to right.
PIA15255:
A Dwarf Galaxy's Star Bar and Dusty Wing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Studied by astronomers, Serpens Cloud Core is one of the youngest collections of stars ever seen in our galaxy. This infrared image combines data from NASA's Spitzer with shorter-wavelength observations from the Two Micron All Sky Survey.
PIA18014:
The 'Serpent' Star-Forming Cloud Spawns Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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The spider part of 'The Spider and the Fly' nebulae, IC 417 abounds in star formation, as seen in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS).
PIA20357:
The Spider Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This montage combines observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) spacecraft showing three examples of colliding galaxies from a new photo atlas of galactic 'train wrecks.'
PIA14097:
Galactic Train Wrecks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-03 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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Time is running out for the galaxy NGC 3801, seen in this composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and other instruments combining light from across the spectrum, ranging from ultraviolet to radio.
PIA15419:
The Beginning of the End of Star Formation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-03 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Spitzer and GALEX shows the Helix nebula, a dying star throwing a cosmic tantrum. In death, the star's dusty outer layers are unraveling into space, glowing from the intense UV radiation being pumped out by the hot stellar core.
PIA15817:
The Helix Nebula: Unraveling at the Seams
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Very Large Array (VLA)
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This diagram shows findings of results of observations made primarily by NASA's Spitzer Telescopes and the Very Large Array radio telescope and illuminates new details about a celestial 'sandbar' connecting two massive islands of galaxies.
PIA13638:
Bent Galactic Jets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-04 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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This image layout shows two views of the same baby star from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Spitzer's view shows that this star has a second, identical jet shooting off in the opposite direction of the first.
PIA13929:
Undercover Jet Exposed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
IRAC
WISE Telescope
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Infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer are combined in this image of RCW 86, the dusty remains of the oldest documented example of an exploding star, or supernova.
PIA14871:
All That Remains of Exploded Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
IRAC
WISE Telescope
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Dozens of newborn stars sprouting jets from their dusty cocoons have been spotted in images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This view shows a portion of sky near Canis Major.
PIA17018:
Stars Shoot Jets in Cosmic Playground
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
IRAC
WISE Telescope
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In what may look to some like an undersea image of coral and seaweed, a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is showing the birth and death of stars.
PIA17019:
Life and Death Intermingled
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Planck
IRAS
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This three-color combination constructed from ESA Planck's two highest frequency channels and an image obtained with the NASA's Infrared Astronomical Satellite shows local dust structures within 500 light-years of the sun.
PIA12964:
Tendrils of Cold Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-26 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
IRAS
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It's a dust bunny of cosmic proportions. Astronomers used images from NASA's WISE to locate an aging star shedding loads of dust (orange dot at upper left).
PIA15428:
Dusty Star Stands Out From the Rest
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has lifted the cosmic veil to see an otherwise hidden newborn star, while detecting the presence of water and carbon dioxide ices, as well as organic molecules.
PIA04940:
Spectrum from Embedded Star in Herbig-Haro 46/47
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the building blocks of life in the distant universe, albeit in a violent milieu.
PIA04941:
Spectrum from Faint Galaxy IRAS F00183-7111
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, charts light from a faraway galaxy located 10 billion light years from Earth. It tracks mid-infrared light from an extremely luminous galaxy when the universe was only 1/4 of its current age.
PIA03537:
Charting Ingredients for Life
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This spectrum shows the light from a dusty, distant galaxy located 11 billion light-years away. The galaxy is invisible to optical telescopes, but NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured the light from it and dozens of other similar galaxies.
PIA07395:
Fingerprints in the Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-20 HD 69830 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope demonstrates that the dust around a nearby star called HD 69830 (upper line) has a very similar composition to that of Comet Hale-Bopp.
PIA07852:
Super-Comet or Big Asteroid Belt?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-20 IRS 46 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that some of the most basic ingredients of DNA and protein are concentrated in a dusty planet-forming disk circling a young sun-like star called IRS 46.
PIA03242:
Life's Starting Materials Found in Dusty Disk
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This artist's concept based on data fromNASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows delicate greenish crystals sprinkled throughout the violent core of a pair of colliding galaxies. The white spots represent a thriving population of stars of all sizes and ages.
PIA02180:
Galactic Hearts of Glass (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-01-10 NGC 3621 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates that a flat, spiral galaxy called NGC 3621 has a feeding, supermassive black hole lurking within it.
PIA10220:
Slender Galaxy with Robust Black Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called 'hot Jupiter' called HD 189733b, might be smothered with high clouds.
PIA09197:
Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called 'hot Jupiter' called HD 189733b, might be smothered with high clouds.
PIA09198:
Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called 'hot Jupiter' called HD 189733b, might be smothered with high clouds.
PIA09199:
Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-11 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that a toasty gas exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system, contains water vapor.
PIA09715:
Exoplanet Forecast: Hot and Wet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-29 NGC 1333 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This plot of infrared data, called a spectrum, shows the strong signature of water vapor deep within the core of an embryonic star system, called NGC 1333-IRAS 4B.
The data were captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09965:
Spitzer Sees Water Loud and Clear
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This plot of data captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals dust entrained in the winds rushing away from a quasar, or growing black hole. The quasar is called PG2112+059
PIA09932:
A Wealth of Dust Grains in Quasar Winds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such quasar winds might have forged these dusty particles in the very early universe.
PIA10019:
Dust in the Quasar Wind (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope used its infrared camera to image this beautiful bulb which might look like a Christmas ornament but is the blown-out remains of a stellar explosion, or supernova.
PIA10206:
Cosmic Ornament of Gas and Dust
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Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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The elements and molecules that flew out of the Cassiopeia A star when it exploded about 300 years ago can be seen clearly for the first time in this plot of data, called a spectrum, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10207:
Dissecting the Wake of a Supernova Explosion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, detected tiny quartz-like crystals sprinkled in young planetary systems. The crystals, which are types of silica minerals called cristobalite and tridymite.
PIA11417:
Quartz-like Crystals Found in Planetary Disks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have, for the first time, found signatures of silicate crystals around a newly forming protostar in the constellation of Orion.
PIA14100:
Cosmic Fountain of Crystal Rain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-11 G29-38 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrometer (IRS)
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This artist's concept illustrates a comet being torn to shreds around a dead star, or white dwarf, called G29-38. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a cloud of dust around this white dwarf that may have been generated from comet disruption.
PIA03652:
Comet 'Bites the Dust' Around Dead Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-08 R 66 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrometer (IRS)
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This illustration compares the size of a gargantuan star and its surrounding dusty disk (top) to that of our solar system. Monstrous disks like this one were discovered around two 'hypergiant' stars by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08006:
Supersized Disk (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrometer (IRS)
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals vast reservoirs of hot gas in a galaxy about a billion light-years away called 3C 326 North.
PIA10086:
Cosmic Caper Unfolds in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Herschel Space Observatory
Infrared Telescope
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This image composite shows a warped and magnified view of a galaxy discovered by the Herschel Space Observatory, one of five such galaxies uncovered by the infrared telescope. The galaxy, referred to as 'SDP 81' is the yellow dot in the left image.
PIA13571:
Analyzing the Pieces of a Warped Galaxy
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