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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows the immediate aftermath of a large asteroid impact around NGC 2547-ID8, a 35-million-year-old sun-like star thought to be forming rocky planets.
PIA18469:
Building Planets Through Collisions (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Astronomers were surprised to see these data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in January 2013, showing a huge eruption of dust around a star called NGC 2547-ID8.
PIA18470:
Witnessing a Planetary Wreckage
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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 2014-11-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This diagram illustrates two similar star systems, HD 95086 and HR 8799. Evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has pointed to the presence of two dust belts in each system.
PIA18900:
Sibling Star Systems? Dust Structures Suggest So
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Canada France Hawaii Telescope
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Very Large Array (VLA)
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A new feature in the evolution of galaxies has been captured in this image of galactic interactions. The two galaxies seen here -- NGC 3226 at the top, NGC 3227 at the bottom.
PIA18902:
A Flood of Gas
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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 2015-03-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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 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 2015-04-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This plot shows data obtained from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment telescope located in Chile, during a 'microlensing' event.
PIA19331:
Time Delay in Microlensing Event
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infographic explains how NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope can be used in tandem with a telescope on the ground to measure the distances to planets discovered using the 'microlensing' technique.
PIA19332:
Infographic: Finding Planets With Microlensing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's map of the Milky Way shows the location of one of the farthest known exoplanets, lying 13,000 light-years away. Most of the thousands of exoplanets discovered to date are closer to our solar system, as indicated by the pink/orange areas.
PIA19333:
Map of Exoplanets Found in Our Galaxy (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Planets having atmospheres rich in helium may be common in our galaxy, according to a new theory based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This artist's concept depicts a proposed helium-atmosphere planet called GJ 436b.
PIA19344:
Helium-Shrouded Planets (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a proposed helium planet, GJ 436b.This diagram illustrates how hypothetical helium atmospheres might form. These would be on planets about the mass of Neptune, or smaller.
PIA19345:
How to Make a Helium Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a hypothetical 'rejuvenated' planet,a gas giant that has reclaimed its youthful infrared glow. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found tentative evidence for one such planet around a dead star, or white dwarf, called PG 0010+280.
PIA19346:
Hypothetical 'Rejuvenated' Planets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows the silhouette of a rocky planet, dubbed HD 219134b, as it passes in front of its star. At 21 light-years away, the planet is the closest outside of our solar system that can be seen crossing, or transiting, its star.
PIA19831:
Little Black Spot on the Star Today (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This sky map shows the location of the star HD 219134 (circle), host to the nearest confirmed rocky planet found to date outside of our solar system. The star lies just off the 'W' shape of the constellation Cassiopeia.
PIA19832:
Location of Nearest Rocky Exoplanet Known
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's rendition shows one possible appearance for the planet HD 219134b, the nearest confirmed rocky exoplanet found to date outside our solar system.
PIA19833:
Hot, Rocky World (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Scores of baby stars shrouded by dust are revealed in this infrared image of the star-forming region NGC 2174, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Found in the constellation Orion, NGC 2174 is located around 6,400 light-years away.
PIA19836:
Seeing Beyond the 'Monkey Head'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope celebrated its 12th anniversary with a new digital calendar showcasing some of the mission's most notable discoveries and popular cosmic eye candy.
PIA19872:
NASA's Spitzer 12th Anniversary Space Calendar
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The galaxy cluster called MOO J1142+1527 can be seen here as it existed when light left it 8.5 billion years ago. The red galaxies at the center of the image from NASA's Spitzer make up the heart of the galaxy cluster.
PIA20052:
A Giant Gathering of Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The turbulent atmosphere of a hot, gaseous planet known as HD 80606b is shown in this simulation based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA20066:
Simulated Atmosphere of a Hot Gas Giant Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows one possible scenario for the hot, rocky exoplanet called 55 Cancri e, which is nearly two times as wide as Earth. New data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the planet has extreme temperature swings.
PIA20068:
Hot-Lava World Illustration Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows a star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk.
PIA20645:
Protoplanetary Disk (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, illustrates how the brightness of outbursting
star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936.
PIA20689:
Dimming of FU Orionis (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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An age-defying star called IRAS 19312+1950 stands out as extremely bright inside a large, chemically rich cloud of material, as shown in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA20914:
Age-Defying Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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These nebulae seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, display two regions of star formation that are hidden behind a haze of dust when viewed in visible light, known officially y their catalog numbers, IRAS 19340+2016 and IRAS19343+2026.
PIA20917:
Enterprising Nebulae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-28 Abell 2744 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, also called Pandora's Cluster, was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The gravity of this galaxy cluster is strong enough that it acts as a lens to magnify images of more distant background galaxies.
PIA20920:
'Pandora's Cluster' Seen by Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The TRAPPIST-1 star, an ultra-cool dwarf, has seven Earth-size planets orbiting it. This artist's concept appeared on the cover of the journal Nature in Feb. 23, 2017 announcing new results about the system.
PIA21421:
Abstract Concept of TRAPPIST-1 System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This artist's concept shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like, based on available data about the planets' diameters, masses and distances from the host star.
PIA21422:
TRAPPIST-1 Planet Lineup
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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Imagine standing on the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f. This artist's concept is one interpretation of what it could look like.
PIA21423:
Surface of TRAPPIST-1f
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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Three of the TRAPPIST-1 planets dwell in their star's so-called 'habitable zone,' shown in green. This is the band around the star where temperatures are just right, not too hot, not too cold, for liquid water to pool on the surface of an Earth-like world
PIA21424:
The TRAPPIST-1 Habitable Zone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The first observations of the TRAPPIST-1 system reported in 2016 revealed three planets orbiting a small, red-dwarf star, though the exact location of the outermost one, was not well-determined (yellow band, top image).
PIA21426:
The Discovery of TRAPPIST-1 Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This frame from a video details a system of seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star.
PIA21427:
TRAPPIST-1 Planetary Orbits and Transits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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All seven planets discovered in orbit around the red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 could easily fit inside the orbit of Mercury, the innermost planet of our solar system.
PIA21428:
TRAPPIST-1 Comparison to Solar System and Jovian Moons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This illustration shows the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets as they might look as viewed from Earth using a fictional, incredibly powerful telescope. The sizes and relative positions are correctly to scale.
PIA21429:
Transit Illustration of TRAPPIST-1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This frame from a video depicts artist's concepts of each of the seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star. Over 21 days.
PIA21468:
TRAPPIST-1 Planets - Flyaround Animation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that most brown dwarfs are roiling with one or more planet-size storms such as seen in this artist's concept.
PIA21475:
Brown Dwarf Weather (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This artist's concept shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like from a vantage point near planet TRAPPIST-1f (at right).
PIA21751:
TRAPPIST-1 System - Artist Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
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By using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have found that the varying glow of brown dwarfs over time can be explained by bands of patchy clouds rotating at different speeds, as shown in this artist's concept.
PIA21752:
Brown Dwarf Weather (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-04 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration depicts a hypothetical uneven ring of dust orbiting KIC 8462852, also known as Boyajian's Star or Tabby's Star.
PIA22081:
Tabby's Star (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-16 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 2017-11-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The super-Earth exoplanet 55 Cancri e, depicted with its star in this artist's concept, likely has an atmosphere thicker than Earth's but with ingredients that could be similar to those of Earth's atmosphere.
PIA22069:
55 Cancri e with Atmosphere (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This artist's concept shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like, based on available data about the planets' diameters, masses and distances from the host star, as of February 2018.
PIA22093:
TRAPPIST-1 Planet Lineup - Updated Feb. 2018
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This chart shows artist concepts of the seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 with their orbital periods, distances from their star, radii, masses, densities and surface gravity as compared to those of Earth. These numbers are current as of February 2018.
PIA22094:
TRAPPIST-1 Planet Lineup - Updated Feb. 2018
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This graph presents known properties of the seven TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets (labeled b through h), showing how they stack up to the inner rocky worlds in our own solar system.
PIA22095:
Comparing TRAPPIST-1 to the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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All seven planets discovered in orbit around the red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 could easily fit inside the orbit of Mercury, the innermost planet of our solar system. In fact, they would have room to spare.
PIA22096:
TRAPPIST-1 Compared to Jovian Moons and Inner Solar System - Updated Feb. 2018
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows the seven Earth-size planets of TRAPPIST-1. The image does not show the planets' orbits to scale, but highlights possibilities for how the surfaces of these intriguing worlds might look.
PIA22097:
Illustration of TRAPPIST-1 Planets as of Feb. 2018
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
TRAPPIST
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This is a frame from a video which shows illustrations of the seven Earth-size planets of TRAPPIST-1, an exoplanet system about 40 light-years away, based on data current as of February 2018.
PIA22098:
TRAPPIST-1 Planet Animations
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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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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 2018-11-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of supernova remnant G54.1+0.3, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, includes radio, infrared and X-ray light.
PIA22569:
Supernova Remnant G54
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The location of Gaia 17bpi, which lies in the Sagitta constellation, is indicated in this image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA22918:
Star Gaia 17pbi Seen by Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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
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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
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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 2019-03-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The magnetic field lines of the the Cigar Galaxy (also called M82) appear in this composite image produced by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The lines follow the bipolar outflows (red) generated by exceptionally high rates of star formation.
PIA23010:
The Cigar Galaxy's Magnetic Field
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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 2019-04-25 Messier 87 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The galaxy M87, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is home to a supermassive black hole that spews two jets of material out into space at nearly the speed of light.
PIA23122:
Spitzer Captures Messier 87
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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 2019-05-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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
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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 2019-08-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's illustration of the exoplanet LHS 3844b, shows the planet's surface may be covered mostly in dark lava rock, with no apparent atmosphere, according to observations by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA23130:
Rare Glimpse of the Surface of a Rocky World (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-09-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust full of bubbles, which are inflated by wind and radiation from massive young stars.
PIA23402:
Spitzer Spots Bubbles and Bow Shocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust carved out by a massive star. A drawing overlaid on the image reveals why researchers nicknamed this region the Jack-o-lantern Nebula.
PIA23403:
The Jack-o-Lantern Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows a collection of gas and dust over 500 light-years across, the Perseus Molecular Cloud, hosts an abundance of young stars.
PIA23405:
Perseus Molecular Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this artist's rendering of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in space, the background is shown in infrared light.
PIA23643:
Spitzer Space Telescope (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Tarantula Nebula in two wavelengths of infrared light, each represented by a different color.
PIA23646:
Tarantula Nebula Spitzer 2-Color Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Tarantula Nebula in infrared light.
PIA23647:
Tarantula Nebula Spitzer 3-Color Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a brown dwarf, an object that is at least 13 times the mass of Jupiter but not massive enough to begin nuclear fusion in its core, which is the defining characteristic of a star.
PIA23684:
Spitzer Brown Dwarf Wind (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope took this image of the California Nebula on Jan. 25, 2020, five days before the spacecraft was decommissioned.
PIA23650:
Spitzer California Nebula Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This animation shows two massive black holes in the OJ 287 galaxy.
PIA23687:
Animation of Black Hole Disk Flare in OJ 287
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-08-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows the star-forming nebula W51, one of the largest star factories in the Milky Way galaxy.
PIA23865:
Spitzer Image of Star Factory W51
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Subaru Telescope
IRAC
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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 2014-09-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
Subaru Telescope
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Millions of galaxies populate the patch of sky known as the COSMOS field, short for Cosmic Evolution Survey, a portion of which is shown here. Even the smallest dots in this image are galaxies, some up to 12 billion light-years away.
PIA18472:
Take a Splash Into the Cosmos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-10 OGLE-2015-BLG-1319 Spitzer Space Telescope
SWIFT
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This illustration depicts a brown dwarf. NASA's Spitzer and Swift missions observed a microlensing event as the star passed between Earth and a much more distant star in our galaxy.
PIA21076:
Brown Dwarf Microlensing (Illustration)
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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 2010-06-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept shows hundreds of brown dwarfs (deep red), expected to be added to the population of known stars in our solar neighborhood. Our sun and other known stars appear white, yellow or red.
PIA13217:
Coolest Orbs on the Block (Artist's Concept)
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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 2013-08-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
IRAC
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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 2013-11-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Very Large Array (VLA)
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New detailed radio data from the NRAO's Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) revealed that the large perpendicular extension of UGC 10288's halo (blue) is really a distant background galaxy with radio jets.
PIA17556:
Two Galaxies Masquerading as One
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This frame from an animation shows the coldest brown dwarf yet seen, and the fourth closest system to our sun. Called WISE J085510.83-071442.5, this dim object was discovered through its rapid motion across the sky.
PIA18002:
Cold and Quick: a Fast-Moving Brown Dwarf Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This diagram illustrates the locations of the star systems closest to the sun. The year when the distance to each system was determined is listed after the system's name.
PIA18003:
Welcome to the Sun's Neighborhood
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Spitzer Space Telescope
WISE Telescope
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Bow shocks thought to mark the paths of massive, speeding stars are highlighted in these images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
PIA20062:
Bow Shocks in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept shows an exoplanet and debris disk orbiting a polluted white dwarf. White dwarfs are dim, dense remnants of stars similar to the Sun that have exhausted their nuclear fuel and blown off their outer layers.
PIA22084:
Polluted White Dwarf (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 Stardust
DC-8 Airborne Laboratory
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Stardust Capsule Return as seen from NASA's DC-8 Airborne Laboratory with a mission to explore the conditions during reentry from the light emitted by the fireball caused when the capsule streaked through the sky.
PIA03668:
Stardust Capsule Return
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-29 SOFIA
FORCAST
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Researchers using NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) have captured infrared images of the last exhalations of a dying sun-like star. This image is of the planetary Nebula M2-9.
PIA15420:
NASA's SOFIA Captures Images of the Planetary Nebula M2-9
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-07 SOFIA
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In this composite image of the Omega, or Swan, Nebula, SOFIA's view reveals evidence that parts of the nebula formed separately to create the swan-like shape seen today.
PIA23409:
SOFIA Reveals How the Swan Nebula Hatched
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-12 Subaru Telescope
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Astronomers have discovered a massive cluster of young galaxies forming in the distant universe. The growing galactic metropolis is known as COSMOS-AzTEC3. This image was taken Japan's Subaru telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
PIA13782:
Galactic City at the Edge of the Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-06 SWIFT
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This artist's concept shows a pulsar, which is like a lighthouse, as its light appears in regular pulses as it rotates. Pulsars are dense remnants of exploded stars, and are part of a class of objects called neutron stars.
PIA21085:
Pulsar Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Aitoff projection of the three-color composite JHKs source count map of the entire sky, based on 95,851,173 stars with Ks 13.5. What appears most prominently are the Galactic plane and the Galactic bulge.
PIA04203:
Entire Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-09 Antennae or Ring Tail galaxies Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Atlas Image mosaic, covering 7' x 7' on the sky of the interacting galaxies NGC 4038 and NGC 4039, better known as the Antennae, or Ring Tail galaxies. The two galaxies are engaged in a tug-of-war as they collide.
PIA04205:
Antennae
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Coma cluster Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Atlas Image mosaic, covering 34' x 34' on the sky, of the Coma cluster, aka Abell 1656. This is a particularly rich cluster of individual galaxies (over 1000 members), most prominently the two giant ellipticals, NGC 4874 (right) and NGC 4889 (left).
PIA04210:
Coma cluster of galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Trifid Nebula Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Atlas Image mosaic, covering 14.8' x 20.0' on the sky, of the Trifid Nebula, aka Messier 20 and NGC 6514. The Trifid is only about 1.5 degrees northwest on the sky of the larger Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8) in the constellation Sagittarius
PIA04220:
Trifid Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-03-27 Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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This panoramic view encompasses the entire sky as seen by Two Micron All-Sky Survey. This image is centered on the core of our own Milky Way galaxy, toward the constellation of Sagittarius.
PIA04250:
Point Source All Sky
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