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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-05 Herschel Space Observatory
Infrared Telescope
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This mosaic of the Andromeda spiral galaxy highlights explosive stars in its interior, and cooler, dusty stars forming in its many rings. This is a combination of observations from the Herschel Space Observatory and the XMM-Newton telescope.
PIA13771:
Andromeda is So Hot 'n' Cold
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-17 Herschel Space Observatory
Infrared Telescope
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A region of the sky called the 'Lockman Hole,' located in the constellation of Ursa Major, is one of the areas surveyed in infrared light by the Herschel Space Observatory.
PIA13864:
Herschel's View of 'Lockman Hole'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-13 Herschel Space Observatory
Infrared Telescope
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Dense filaments of gas in the IC5146 interstellar cloud can be seen clearly in this image taken in infrared light by the Herschel space observatory. The blue region is a stellar nursery known as the Cocoon nebula.
PIA14038:
Star-Studded Strings around Cocoon Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-13 Cygnus W. M. Keck Observatory
Keck I Telescope
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This frame from an artist's animation shows the view from a hypothetical moon in orbit around the first known planet to reside in a tight-knit triple-star system. HD 188553 Ab is a gas giant planet, about 1.14 times the mass of Jupiter.
PIA03520:
Land of Three Suns (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-13 Cygnus W. M. Keck Observatory
Keck I Telescope
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This frame from an artist's animation shows the clockwork-like orbits of a triple-star system called HD 188753, which was discovered to harbor a gas giant, or 'hot Jupiter,' planet.
PIA03521:
Circus Family of Stars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-30 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
Kepler Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Kepler-7b (right), which is 1.5 times the radius of Jupiter (left), is the first exoplanet to have its clouds mapped. The cloud map was produced using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.
PIA17445:
Partially Cloudy Skies on Kepler-7b (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-04 New Horizons
LORRI
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In preparation for NASA's New Horizons flyby of 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019, the spacecraft's LORRI took a series of 10-second exposures of the background star field near the location of its target Kuiper Belt object (KBO).
PIA21588:
A KBO among the Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-19 Kuiper Belt Object New Horizons
LORRI
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This frame from an animation shows a Kuiper Belt object know as 2014 MU69, as seen by NASA's New Horizons.
PIA21865:
Wink of a Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
Magnetometer
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This artist's concept shows how NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is bathed in solar wind from the southern hemisphere flowing northward. This phenomenon creates a layer of giant bubble of solar ions just inside the outer boundary of the heliosphere.
PIA16482:
The Sun's Southern Wind Flows Northward (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-15 Sol (our sun) Cassini-Huygens
MIMI
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As the solar wind flows from the sun, it creates a bubble in space known as the 'heliosphere' around our solar system. The heliosphere is the region of space under the influence of our sun.
PIA12310:
The Bubble of Our Solar System Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-20 Sol (our sun) Cassini-Huygens
MIMI
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft created this image of the bubble around our solar system based on emissions of particles known as energetic neutral atoms.
PIA12374:
Particles from the Heliosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Sol (our sun) Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.
PIA19801:
Tracking Sunspots from Mars, Summer 2015 (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Sol (our sun) Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This single frame from a sequence of six images of an animation shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from April 4 to April 15, 2015. From Mars, the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun.
PIA19802:
Tracking Sunspots from Mars, April 2015 (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-23 Pleiades MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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This image is a 'star cal' frame collected about a month before NASA's MESSENGER's first flyby of Venus.
PIA15244:
Stars Are Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-11-03 Borrelly Deep Space 1 (DS1)
Miniature Integrated Camera Spectrometer
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The solid nucleus of comet Borrelly is barely resolved in this image from NASA's Deep Space 1, enhanced to reveal the highly collimated dust extending towards the bottom left corner of the picture.
PIA03506:
Early Close Image of Comet Borrelly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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The magnificent and dusty spiral arms of the nearby galaxy Messier 81 are highlighted in these NASA Spitzer Space Telescope images.
PIA04938:
Long-Wavelength Infrared Views of Messier 81
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope has obtained the first infrared images of the dust disc surrounding Fomalhaut, the 18th brightest star in the sky.
PIA04942:
Circumstellar Disk Around Fomalhaut
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an image of an unusual comet that experiences frequent outbursts, which produce abrupt changes in brightness.
PIA04943:
Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann I
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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Hidden behind a shroud of dust in the constellation Cygnus is an exceptionally bright source of radio emission called DR21 in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA05733:
Stormy Clouds of Star Birth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-10 Vega Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope recently captured these images of the star Vega, located 25 light years away in the constellation Lyra.
PIA07218:
Tiny Particles, So Far Away
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-11 Encke Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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This image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the comet Encke riding along its pebbly trail of debris (long diagonal line) between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
PIA07222:
Riding a Trail of Debris
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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Blobs are intensely glowing clouds of hot hydrogen gas that envelop faraway galaxies. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to see the dusty galaxies tucked inside one well-known blob located 11 billion light-years away.
PIA07220:
Mysterious Blob Galaxies Revealed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-13 M31 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured this stunning infrared view of the famous galaxy Messier 31, also known as Andromeda.
PIA03031:
Amazing Andromeda in Red
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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The top graph consists of infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It tells astronomers that a distant planet, called Upsilon Andromedae b, always has a giant hot spot on the side that faces the star, while the other side is cold and dark.
PIA01937:
The Light and Dark Sides of a Distant Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The potential planet-forming disk (or 'protoplanetary disk') of a sun-like star is being violently ripped away by the powerful winds of a nearby hot O-type star in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA01319:
A Star's Close Encounter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (left panel) shows the 'bow shock' of a dying star named R Hydrae, or R Hya, in the constellation Hydra.
PIA09070:
Red Giant Plunging Through Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes have uncovered a long-lost population of active supermassive black holes, or quasars located deep in the bellies of distant, massive galaxies (circled in blue).
PIA10091:
Missing Black Holes Found!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-01 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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The Cassiopeia A supernova's first flash of radiation makes six clumps of dust (circled in annotated version) unusually hot. The supernova remnant is the large white ball in the center. This infrared picture was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA11213:
Supernova Flashback
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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This composite image of the Tycho supernova remnant combines infrared and X-ray observations obtained with NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space observatories, respectively.
PIA11435:
Vivid View of Tycho's Supernova Remnant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-04 HR 8799 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this infrared image of a giant halo of very fine dust around the young star HR 8799, located 129 light-years away in the constellation Pegasus.
PIA12336:
A Picture of Unsettled Planetary Youth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
IRAC
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This archival image from 2003 captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured the Elephant's Trunk Nebula, an elongated dark globule within the emission nebula IC 1396 in the constellation of Cepheus.
PIA04935:
Multi-Wavelength Views of Protostars in IC 1396
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
IRAC
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The magnificent spiral arms of the nearby galaxy Messier 81 are highlighted in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA04937:
Multi-Wavelength Views of Messier 81
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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The many 'personalities' of our great galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, are exposed in this new composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08787:
Amazing Andromeda Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-21 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
XMM-Newton
MIPS
XMM-Newton X-ray
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Puppis A, around 7,000 light-years away, is seen in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton.
PIA18468:
Supernova Seen In Two Lights
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
Panoramic Camera
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Observing the sky with the green filter of it panoramic camera, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit came across a surprise: a streak across the sky, probably the brightest object in the sky at the time.
PIA05557:
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a... Spacecraft?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-19 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This is one of the first images captured by the revived NEOWISE mission, after more than two years of hibernation. It shows a patch of sky in the constellation Canes Venatici, or the Hunting Dogs.
PIA17810:
NEOWISE Opens its Eyes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-28 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE mission captured images of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring. The infrared pictures reveal a comet that is active and very dusty.
PIA17833:
NEOWISE Spies Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-23 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) first looked like an asteroid when NASA's NEOWISE team first observed it on December 31, 2013. These exposures were taken that day, when the comet was at a distance of about 2.9 AU from the sun.
PIA18652:
NEOWISE Spots Comet Catalina
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-23 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE spotted Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina), appearing to be a highly active comet one day past perihelion on July 7, 2014.
PIA18653:
NEOWISE Spies Activity on Comet Catalina
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-07 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE mission detected comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring on July 28, 2014, less than three months before this comet's close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.
PIA18593:
NEOWISE Spies Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring a Second Time
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-03-27 HD 189733b Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
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A team of astronomers has made the first detection ever of an organic molecule in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting another star. The breakthrough was made with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10363:
Astronomers Detect First Organic Molecule on an Exoplanet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-28 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR has taken its first snapshots of the highest energy X-rays in the cosmos, the same kind used by doctors to take pictures of your bones. NuSTAR chose a black hole in the constellation Cygnus as its first target due to its brightness.
PIA15804:
NuSTAR's First View of High-Energy X-ray Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-23 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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These images, taken by NASA's black-hole hunter, NuSTAR, are the first, focused high-energy X-ray views of the area surrounding the supermassive black hole, called Sagittarius A*, at the center of our galaxy.
PIA16213:
First Look at Milky Way's Monster in High-Energy X-ray Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-07 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This new view of spiral galaxy IC 342, also known as Caldwell 5, includes data from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. IC 342 lies 7 million light-years away in the Camelopardalis constellation.
PIA16605:
Blazing Black Holes Spotted in Spiral Beauty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-07 Cassiopeia A NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This new view of the historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, located 11,000 light-years away, was taken by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. While the star is long dead, its remains are still bursting with action.
PIA16606:
Sizzling Remains of a Dead Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-11 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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The Sculptor galaxy is seen in a new light, in this composite image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Southern Observatory in Chile.
PIA17244:
Sculptor Galaxy Shines with X-rays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-05 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR's serendipitous discovery in this field lies to the left of a galaxy, called IC751, at which the telescope originally intended to look.
PIA17440:
Black Holes Shine for NuSTAR
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This diagram illustrates why NASA's NuSTAR can see radioactivity in the remains of exploded stars for the first time. The observatory detects high-energy X-ray photons that are released by a radioactive substance called titanium-44.
PIA17840:
The Creation of Titanium in Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-12 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This data plot captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, shows X-ray light streaming from regions near a supermassive black hole known as Markarian 335.
PIA18467:
Big, Spinning Black Hole Blurs Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-29 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This picture from NASA's NuSTAR is one of the most detailed ever taken of the center of our galaxy in high-energy X-rays. The X-ray light, normally invisible to our eyes, has been assigned the color magenta.
PIA19334:
Extra X-rays at the Hub of Our Milky Way Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-07 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR has made the most precise measurements yet of a radioactive element, called titanium-44, in the supernova remnant called 1987A.
PIA19335:
Tracing Titanium's Escape
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-22 Sol (our sun) NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), taken by NASA's NuSTAR. The field of view covers the west limb of the sun.
PIA18906:
Sun Shines in High-Energy X-rays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-08 Sol (our sun) NuSTAR
NuSTAR
SDO
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Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.
PIA19821:
NuSTAR Stares at the Sun
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-23 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's NuSTAR has captured these first, focused views of the supermassive black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy in high-energy X-ray light.
PIA16214:
Pointing X-ray Eyes at our Resident Supermassive Black Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-26 NuSTAR
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Magenta spots in this image from NASA's NuSTAR show two black holes in the Circinus galaxy, located 13 million light-years from Earth in the Circinus constellation.
PIA17560:
Black Holes of the Circinus Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-26 NuSTAR
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The magenta spots in this image from NASA's NuSTAR show two black holes in the spiral galaxy called NGC 1313, or the Topsy Turvy galaxy, located about 13 million light-years away in the Reticulum constellation.
PIA17561:
Topsy Turvy Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-09 NuSTAR
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Nicknamed the 'Hand of God,' this object is called a pulsar wind nebula, imaged by NASA's NuSTAR. It's powered by the leftover, dense core of a star that blew up in a supernova explosion.
PIA17566:
High-Energy X-ray View of 'Hand of God'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-09 NuSTAR
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A range of supermassive black holes lights up this new image from NASA's NuSTAR. All of the dots are active black holes tucked inside the hearts of galaxies, with colors representing different energies of X-ray light.
PIA17567:
Different Flavors of Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-20 NuSTAR
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Sources of high-energy X-ray light captured by NASA's NuSTAR mission are overlaid on an image of the Whirlpool galaxy and its companion galaxy, M51b, taken by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
PIA23005:
A Hard X-ray Look at M51
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-09-04 NuSTAR
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This visible-light image of the Fireworks galaxy (NGC 6946) comes from the Digital Sky Survey, and is overlaid with data from NASA's NuSTAR observatory (in blue and green).
PIA23401:
NASA Telescope Spots Mystery in Fireworks Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
Oschin Schmidt Telescope
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The image taken by the Oschin Schmidt Telescope, shows the star AC +79 3888, also known as Gliese 445. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, which is on a trajectory out of our solar system, is headed toward an encounter with AC +79 3888 (circled in red).
PIA17461:
Heading toward Gliese 445
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Protostellar Disk L1157 Owens Valley Millimeter Array
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These observations of interstellar dark cloud L1157, are located in the Cepheus constellation. The multi-colored area shows a dust disk surrounding a newborn star.
PIA04211:
Protostellar Disk L1157
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Altair Palomar Testbed Interferometer
Palomar Testbed Interferometer
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Altair, a star spinning so fast its mid-section is stretched out has been directly measured by an ultra-high-resolution NASA telescope system on Palomar Mountain near San Diego.
PIA04204:
Altair
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-08 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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The panoramic camera on NASA's Opportunity combines the first photographs of solar eclipses by Mars' two moons, Deimos and Phobos. Deimos appears as a speck in front of the Sun and Phobos grazes its edge.
PIA05518:
Martian Eclipses: Deimos and Phobos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-10 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image shows the Sun as it appears on Mars throughout the day. Scientists monitor the dimming of the setting Sun to assess how much dust is in the martian atmosphere. The pictures were taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's panoramic camera.
PIA05041:
Martian Sunsets More Than Just Pretty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-11 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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Stars in the upper portion of the constellation Orion the Hunter, including the bright shoulder star Betelgeuse and Orion's three-star belt, appear in this image taken from the surface of Mars by the panoramic camera on NASA's rover Spirit.
PIA05546:
Stars in Orion as Seen from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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In this five-minute exposure taken from the surface of Mars by NASA's Spirit rover, stars appear as streaks due to the rotation of the planet, and instantaneous cosmic-ray hits appear as points of light.
PIA05551:
Stars and Cosmic Rays Observed from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, shows the transit of Mars' moon Phobos across the Sun. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA05553:
Martian Moon Blocks Sun Animation Icon
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, shows the transit of Mars' moon Deimos across the Sun. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA05556:
Deimos Crosses Face of Sun Animation Icon
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Panoramic Camera
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This panel illustrates the transit of the martian moon Phobos across the Sun. It is made up of images taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
PIA05554:
Martian Moon Eclipses Sun, in Stages
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-27 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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The sun descends to the Martian horizon and sets in this image from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13736:
Sunset Watched by Opportunity, November 2010 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-27 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes in front of the Sun's face in this image from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13737:
Phobos Passes in Front of Sun's Face, Nov. 9, 2010 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-27 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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New stars are the lifeblood of our galaxy, and there is enough material revealed by ESA's Herschel of the constellation Vulpecula (little fox) OB1. The giant stars at the heart of Vulpecula OB1 are some of the biggest in the galaxy.
PIA13500:
The Little Fox and the Giant Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-12 Orion Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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The dusty side of the Sword of Orion is illuminated in this striking infrared image from the European Space Agency's Hershel Space Observatory.
PIA21073:
Ionized Carbon Atoms in Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-09 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
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ESA's Herschel Space Observatory captured asteroid Apophis in its field of view during the approach to Earth on Jan. 5 and 6, 2013.
PIA16675:
Herschel's Three-Color View of Asteroid Apophis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-22 Herschel Space Observatory
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The red supergiant star Betelgeuse (center) is surrounded by a clumpy envelope of material in its immediate vicinity in this view from the Herschel Space Observatory.
PIA16680:
Betelgeuse's Enigmatic Environment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-02 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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Some of the coldest and darkest dust in space shines brightly in this infrared image from the Herschel Observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important participation from NASA.
PIA12251:
Awash with Infrared Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-12 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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This image from ESA's Herschel Space Observatory shows of a portion of the Rosette nebula, a stellar nursery about 5,000 light-years from Earth in the Monoceros, or Unicorn, constellation.
PIA13028:
Big Babies in the Rosette Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-06 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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This image from NASA's Herschel, in the constellation of Vulpecula, shows an entire assembly line of newborn stars. The diffuse glow reveals the widespread cold reservoir of raw material that our Milky Way galaxy has in stock for building stars.
PIA13100:
Assembly Line of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-06 Herschel Space Observatory
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SPIRE
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This image from NASA's Herschel, was taken looking towards a region of our Milky Way galaxy in the Eagle constellation, closer to the galactic center than our sun. Here, we see the outstanding end products of the stellar assembly line.
PIA13101:
Bursting with Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-06 Herschel Space Observatory
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SPIRE
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The large bubble is an embryonic star that looks set to turn into one of the brightest stars in our Milky Way galaxy in this infrared image from the Herschel Space Telescope.
PIA13102:
Galactic Bubble
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-11 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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The dark hole seen in the green cloud at the top of this image, captured by ESA's Herschel Telescope, was likely carved out by multiple jets and blasts of radiation.
PIA13109:
Big Hole Revealed in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-01 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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This ESA Herschel image shows IRC+10216, also known as CW Leonis, a star rich in carbon where astronomers were surprised to find water. This color-coded image shows the star, surrounded by a clumpy envelope of dust.
PIA13358:
Water Around a Carbon Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-19 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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This image from ESA's Herschel Space Observatory reveals a suspected ring at the center of our galaxy is warped for reasons scientists cannot explain. The ring is twisted so that part of it rises above and below the plane of our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA14400:
The Case of the Warped Galactic Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-04 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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This parallelogram shaped region of dust observed by ESA's Herschel Space telescope can be best described using galaxy formation models where a flat spiral galaxy collides with an elliptical galaxy becoming warped in the process.
PIA15421:
The Action-Packed Centaurus A
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-11 Cygnus-X Herschel Space Observatory
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SPIRE
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This new view of the Cygnus-X star-formation region by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory highlights chaotic networks of dust and gas that point to sites of massive star formation.
PIA15626:
Cygnus-X: The Cool Swan Glowing in Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-28 M31 Herschel Space Observatory
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SPIRE
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In this new view of the Andromeda, also known as M31, galaxy from the Herschel space observatory, cool lanes of forming stars are revealed in the finest detail yet. M31 is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way at a distance of 2.5 million light-ye
PIA16682:
Cool Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-05 Rosette Nebula Herschel Space Observatory
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SPIRE
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Artist's impression of Herschel is set against an image captured by the observatory, showing baby stars forming in the Rosette nebula. The bright spots are dusty cocoons containing massive forming stars, each one up to ten times the mass of our own sun.
PIA16871:
Herschel's Cool Universe (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-29 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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W3 is an enormous stellar nursery about 6,200 light-years away in the Perseus Arm, one of the Milky Way galaxy's main spiral arms as seen by ESA's Herschel space observatory.
PIA16883:
Churning Out Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-12 NGC 7538 Herschel Space Observatory
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SPIRE
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The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538.
PIA18452:
A Puzzling Cosmic Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-28 Herschel Space Observatory
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SPIRE
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This image from NASA's Herschel space observatory shows a filament called G49, which contains 80,000 suns' worth of mass. Long and flimsy threads emerge from a twisted mix of material, taking on complex shapes.
PIA19340:
Herschel's View of G49 Filament
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-04 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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Inner structural features seen in this image from ESA's Herschel Space Observatory are helping scientists to understand the mechanisms and interactions within the galaxy.
PIA15422:
Centaurus A All Prettied Up in Infrared and X-Rays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-18 Herschel Space Observatory
XMM-Newton
PACS
SPIRE
XMM-Newton X-ray
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This image of the Eagle nebula shows the self-emission of the intensely cold nebula's gas and dust as never seen before; the nebula's intricate tendril nature, with vast cavities forms an almost cave-like surrounding to the famous pillars.
PIA15260:
Herschel Sees Through Ghostly Pillars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-14 Herschel Space Observatory
XMM-Newton
PACS
SPIRE
XMM-Newton X-ray
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W44 is located around 10,000 light-years away, within a forest of dense star-forming clouds in the constellation of Aquila, the Eagle. This image combines data from ESA's Herschel and XXM-Newton space observatories.
PIA16464:
Life and Death in a Star-Forming Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-12 Herschel Space Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
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WFPC2
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This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA17563:
Crab Nebula, as Seen by Herschel and Hubble
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-16 Kepler
Photometer
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This star chart illustrates the large patch of sky that NASA's Kepler mission will stare at for the duration of its three-and-a-half-year lifetime.
PIA11983:
Where Kepler Sees
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-16 NGC 6791 Kepler
Photometer
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This image from NASA's Kepler mission shows the telescope's full field of view an expansive star-rich patch of sky in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra stretching across 100 square degrees, or the equivalent of two side-by-side dips of the Big Dipper.
PIA11984:
Kepler's Diamond Mine of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-16 NGC 6791 Kepler
Photometer
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This image zooms into a small portion of NASA's Kepler's full field of view -- an expansive, 100-square-degree patch of sky in our Milky Way galaxy. At the center of the field is a star with a known 'hot Jupiter' planet, named 'TrES-2.'
PIA11985:
Host to 'Hot Jupiter'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-16 NGC 6791 Kepler
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This image zooms into a small portion of NASA's Kepler's full field of view, an expansive, 100-square-degree patch of sky in our Milky Way galaxy. An eight-billion-year-old cluster of stars 13,000 light-years from Earth, called NGC 6791, is seen here.
PIA11986:
Cluster of Stars in Kepler's Sight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-17 Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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One of Planck's first images is shown as a strip superimposed over a two dimensional projection of the whole sky as seen in visible light.
PIA12206:
Planck's First Glimpse at the Universe
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