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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-22 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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Wispy tendrils of hot dust and gas glow brightly in this ultraviolet image of the Cygnus Loop nebula, taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The nebula lies about 1,500 light-years away.
PIA15415:
Cygnus Loop Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-02 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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These images, taken with NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Hawaii, show a brightening inside a galaxy caused by a flare from its nucleus. The arrow in each image points to the galaxy.
PIA15620:
Black Hole Swallows a Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-14 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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Evidence from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer supports the long-held notion that many galaxies begin life as smaller spirals before transforming into larger, elliptical-shaped galaxies.
PIA15656:
Portrait of a Galaxy's Life
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-16 M31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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Hot stars burn brightly in this new image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, showing the ultraviolet side of a familiar face. Approximately 2.5 million light-years away, the Andromeda galaxy, or M31, is our Milky Way's largest galactic neighbor.
PIA15416:
Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-16 CW Leo Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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A runaway star, called CW Leo, plowing through the depths of space and piling up interstellar material before it, can be seen in this ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA15417:
CW Leo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-16 Helix Nebula Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NGC 7293, better known as the Helix nebula, displays its ultraviolet glow courtesy of NASA's GALEX. The Helix is the nearest example of a planetary nebula, which is the eventual fate of a star, like our own Sun, as it approaches the end of its life.
PIA15658:
NGC 7293, the Helix Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-10 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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Computer simulations of the collision between NGC 6872 and IC 4970 reproduce the basic features of the galaxies as we see them today.
PIA16614:
Simulation of Galactic Collision (Simulation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) shows Messier 94, also known as NGC 4736, in ultraviolet light. It is located 17 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici.
PIA17245:
Ultraviolet Ring of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 6744, one of the galaxies most similar to our Milky Way in the local universe.
PIA17247:
Big Brother to the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 4565, one of the nearest and brightest galaxies not included in the famous list by 18th-century comet hunter Charles Messier.
PIA17246:
Galaxy's Pencil-Thin Profile
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-26 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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A new study analyzes several sites where dead stars once exploded. The explosions, called Type Ia supernovae, occurred within galaxies, six of which are shown in these images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
PIA18929:
After the Explosion: Investigating Supernova Sites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-11 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
SDSS
Very Large Array (VLA)
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NASA's GALEX reveals the true nature of UGC 1382, dubbed the 'Frankenstein galaxy.' Scientists have discovered that UGC 1382 is a giant, and one of the largest isolated galaxies known.
PIA20695:
Frankenstein Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-06 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This illustration shows a red dwarf star orbited by a hypothetical exoplanet. By mining data from NASA's GALEX spacecraft, a team of astronomers identified dozens of flares at a range of durations and strengths.
PIA21473:
Flaring Red Dwarf Star (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-18 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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The Blue Ring Nebula consists of two expanding cones of gas ejected into space by a stellar merger. As the gas cools, it forms hydrogen molecules that collide with particles in interstellar space, causing them to radiate far-ultraviolet light.
PIA23867:
The Blue Ring Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-18 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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The Blue Ring Nebula consists of two expanding cones of debris. The base of one cone is moving toward Earth. Both bases are outlined in magenta, revealing shockwaves created as the debris races through space.
PIA23868:
Geometry of the Blue Ring Nebula (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-11 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Hubble Space Telescope
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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Astronomers have found unexpected rings and arcs of ultraviolet light around a selection of galaxies, four of which are shown here as viewed by NASA's and the European Space Agency's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA13318:
Ultraviolet Ring Around the Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-11 Cartwheel Galaxy Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
GALEX Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Visible Light
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This false-color composite image shows the Cartwheel galaxy as seen by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, where the first ripple appears as an ultraviolet-bright blue outer ring.
PIA03296:
A Stellar Ripple
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-06-01 Messier 81 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
GALEX Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Visible Light
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The perfectly picturesque spiral galaxy known as Messier 81, or M81, looks sharp in this new composite from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes and NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA09579:
M81 Galaxy is Pretty in Pink
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-05 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
NuSTAR
GALEX Telescope
NuSTAR
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These images from NASA's GALEX and NuSTAR is of Andromeda, a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way but larger in size. It lies 2.5 million light-years away in the Andromeda constellation.
PIA20061:
Andromeda in High-Energy X-rays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-23 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
NuSTAR
GALEX Telescope
NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR has identified a candidate pulsar in Andromeda, the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way. This likely pulsar is brighter at high energies than the Andromeda galaxy's entire black hole population.
PIA20970:
Pulsar Candidate in Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 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 2007-01-16 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescope combined to show a pair of interacting galaxies might be experiencing the galactic equivalent of a mid-life crisis.
PIA09106:
Older Galaxy Pair Has Surprisingly Youthful Glow
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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 2009-04-28 M33 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Mission celebrates its sixth anniversary studying galaxies beyond our Milky Way through its sensitive ultraviolet telescope, the only such far-ultraviolet detector in space. Pictured here, the galaxy NGC598 known as M33.
PIA11998:
NASA's Galaxy Mission Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-28 M33 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Mission celebrates its sixth anniversary studying galaxies beyond our Milky Way through its sensitive ultraviolet telescope, the only such far-ultraviolet detector in space. Pictured here, the galaxy NGC598 known as M33.
PIA11999:
NASA's Galaxy Mission Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-28 M33 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Mission celebrates its sixth anniversary studying galaxies beyond our Milky Way through its sensitive ultraviolet telescope, the only such far-ultraviolet detector in space.
PIA12000:
NASA's Galaxy Mission Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
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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 2013-10-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
GALEX Telescope
WISE Telescope
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Evidence from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and Galaxy Evolution Explorer missions provide support for the 'inside-out' theory of galaxy evolution, which holds that star formation starts at the core of the galaxy and spreads outward.
PIA17554:
Galaxies Grow from Inside Out
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Add Image to Favorite List 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 2009-10-02 Herschel Space Observatory
SPIRE
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This image from the Herschel Observatory, a European Space Agency mission, reveals some of the coldest and darkest material in our galaxy. The yellow filaments show the coldest dust dotted with the youngest embryonic stars.
PIA12252:
Dark Wombs of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-02 Herschel Space Observatory
SPIRE
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In this infrared view from the Herschel Observatory, a European Space Agency mission, blue shows the warmest dust, and red, the coolest. The choppy clouds of gas and dust are just starting to condense into new stars.
PIA12253:
Dark Star-Making Factory
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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
PACS
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
PACS
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 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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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
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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 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 2011-10-20 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Herschel telescope, illustrates an icy planet-forming disk around a young star called TW Hydrae, located about 175 light-years away in the Hydra, or Sea Serpent, constellation.
PIA14870:
Misty Star in the Sea Serpent (Artist's Concept)
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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 2012-04-04 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
XMM-Newton
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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 2012-04-12 Herschel Space Observatory
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New data from the Herschel Space Observatory suggest comets are constantly smashing together around the star Fomalhaut, a young star, just a few hundred million years old, and twice as massive as the sun.
PIA15425:
Herschel Spots Comet Massacre Around Nearby Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-11 Cygnus-X Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
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 2012-05-09 Herschel Space Observatory
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Herschel Space Observatory has shown that galaxies with the most powerful, active, supermassive black holes at their cores produce fewer stars than galaxies with less active black holes in this artist concept.
PIA15625:
Artist's Concept: Active Black Hole Squashes Star Formation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-17 Herschel Space Observatory
SPIRE
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ESA's Herschel Space Observatory has discovered a giant, galaxy-packed filament ablaze with billions of new stars. The filament connects two clusters of galaxies that, along with a third cluster, will smash together in several billion years.
PIA15659:
A Star-Bursting Filament
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-28 Herschel Space Observatory
Herschel Telescope
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This artist's impression shows the orbits of planets and comets around the star 61 Vir, superimposed on a view from the Herschel Space Telescope.
PIA16467:
A Vast Disk of Comets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-09 Herschel Space Observatory
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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 2013-01-28 M31 Herschel Space Observatory
SPIRE
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The ring-like swirls of dust filling the Andromeda galaxy stand out colorfully in this new image from the Herschel Space Observatory.
PIA16681:
Andromeda's Colorful Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-28 M31 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
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 2013-05-07 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's concept illustrates the frenzied activity at the core of our Milky Way galaxy. The galactic center hosts a supermassive black hole in the region known as Sagittarius A*, or Sgr A*, with a mass of about four million times that of our sun.
PIA17009:
Hustle and Bustle at Center of Milky Way
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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 2013-03-19 Herschel Space Observatory
Herschel Telescope
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Astronomers have discovered some of the youngest stars ever seen thanks to the Herschel space observatory; dense envelopes of gas and dust surround the fledging stars known as protostars, make their detection difficult until now.
PIA16839:
Infant Stars Peek Out from Dusty Cradles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-29 Herschel Space Observatory
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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 2013-04-17 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's impression shows the 'starburst' galaxy HFLS3. The galaxy appears as little more than a faint, red smudge in images from the Herschel space observatory.
PIA16887:
Artist's Impression of Starburst Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-22 Herschel Space Observatory
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This frame from a simulation shows the merging of two massive galaxies. The merging galaxies are split into two views: a visible-light view on the left, and infrared view on the right.
PIA17012:
Mega Galaxy Merger Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-22 Herschel Space Observatory
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ESA's Herschel Space Observatory first spotted the colliding duo in images taken with longer-wavelength infrared light (left) with a close-up view at right, with merging galaxies circled.
PIA17013:
The Making of a Giant Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-11 Herschel Space Observatory
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This illustration shows a newfound reservoir of stellar fuel discovered by the Herschel space observatory.
PIA17243:
Mapping Invisible Pools of Gas in Our Galaxy (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-12 NGC 7538 Herschel Space Observatory
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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 2014-10-15 Herschel Space Observatory
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A small galaxy, called Sextans A, is shown here in a multi-wavelength mosaic captured by the ESA's Herschel mission. In this image, the purple shows gas; blue shows young stars and the orange and yellow dots are newly formed stars heating up dust.
PIA18846:
Sluggish Galaxy Grows Stars Slowly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-28 Herschel Space Observatory
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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.
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Herschel's View of G49 Filament
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-27 Herschel Space Observatory
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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
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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.
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Ionized Carbon Atoms in Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-16 Herschel Space Observatory
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The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a satellite of the Milky Way, containing about 30 billion stars.
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Large Magellanic Cloud Imaged by Herschel, Planck, IRAS, COBE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-16 Herschel Space Observatory
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The Andromeda galaxy, or M31, is shown here in far-infrared and radio wavelengths of light.
PIA25163:
Andromeda Galaxy Imaged by Herschel, Planck, IRAS, COBE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-16 Herschel Space Observatory
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The Small Magellanic Cloud is a satellite of the Milky Way, containing about 3 billion stars. This far-infrared and radio view of it shows the cool (green) and warm (blue) dust, as well as the hydrogen gas (red).
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Small Magellanic Cloud Imaged by Herschel, Planck, IRAS, COBE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-16 Herschel Space Observatory
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The Triangulum galaxy, or M33, is shown here in far-infrared and radio wavelengths of light.
PIA25165:
Triangulum Galaxy Imaged by Herschel, Planck, IRAS, COBE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-12 Herschel Space Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
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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 2014-04-29 Herschel Space Observatory
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The young galaxy SDSS090122.37+181432.3, also known as S0901, is seen here by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope as the bright arc to the left of the central bright galaxy.
PIA18004:
Smeared and Magnified Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
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ESA's Herschel Space Observatory found oxygen molecules in a dense patch of gas and dust adjacent to star-forming regions in the Orion nebula.
PIA14406:
Oxygen No Longer Lost in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This graphic illustrates where astronomers at last found oxygen molecules in space -- near the star-forming core of the Orion nebula. The squiggly lines, or spectra, reveal the signatures of oxygen molecules, detected by ESA's Hershel Space Observatory.
PIA14407:
Oxygen in Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-10 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
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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
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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 2012-02-29 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Herschel Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and ESA's Herschel mission combined to show this view of the Orion nebula, found below the three belt stars in the famous constellation of Orion the Hunter, highlights fledgling stars hidden in the gas and clouds.
PIA13959:
Orion's Rainbow of Infrared Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's concept illustrates an asteroid belt around the bright star Vega. Evidence for this warm ring of debris was found using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory.
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Rocky Ring of Debris Around Vega (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-22 Orion Nebula Herschel Space Observatory
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This infrared image of the Orion Nebula features plenty of dust but no stars. In these infrared wavelengths, it's possible to see hot spots where new stars are forming, while unseen bright, massive stars have carved out caverns of empty space.
PIA25434:
Orion Nebula in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-18 Herschel Space Observatory
XMM-Newton
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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
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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 1999-12-01 Doradus Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
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A panoramic view of a vast, sculpted area of gas and dust where thousands of stars are being born has been captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04200:
Doradus Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Stephan's Quintet,NGC 7319, NGC 7318B, NGC 7318A Hubble Space Telescope
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In the image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, angelic figures take on the form of the galactic group called Stephan's Quintet.
PIA04201:
Stephan's Quintet
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Globular cluster M22 Hubble Space Telescope
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Scientists are mystified by what may be unexpected, wandering, planet-sized objects.
This image taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope implies the presence of these objects.
PIA04202:
Globular Cluster M22
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Galaxy NGC 3079 Hubble Space Telescope
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A lumpy bubble of hot gas rises from a cauldron of glowing matter in a distant galaxy, as seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04208:
Galaxy NGC 3079
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Galaxy NGC 3079 Hubble Space Telescope
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A lumpy bubble of hot gas rises from a cauldron of glowing matter in a distant galaxy, as seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04209:
Galaxy NGC 3079
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-30 Edge-on Galaxy ESO 510 G13 Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has imaged an unusual edge-on galaxy, revealing remarkable details of its warped dusty disc and showing how colliding galaxies trigger the birth of new stars.
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Edge-on Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 mysterious object Hubble Space Telescope
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Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope stumbled upon a mysterious object that grudgingly yielded clues to its identity. The object is classified as a planetary nebula, the glowing remains of a dying, lightweight star.
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Mysterious object He2-90
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Horsehead Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
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Rising from a sea of dust and gas like a giant seahorse, the Horsehead nebula is one of the most photographed objects in the sky. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took a close-up look at this heavenly icon, revealing the cloud's intricate structure.
PIA04215:
Horsehead Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-10 Ant nebula Hubble Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope image of a celestial object called the Ant Nebula may shed new light on the future demise of our Sun.
PIA04216:
Ant Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-15 Galaxy NGC 4013 Hubble Space Telescope
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An amazing 'edge-on' view of a spiral galaxy 55 million light years from Earth has been captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The image reveals in great detail huge clouds of dust and gas extending along and above the galaxy's main disk.
PIA04217:
Galaxy NGC 4013
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 M82 Galaxy Hubble Space Telescope
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A colorful image showing violent star formation triggered when two galaxies bumped into each other has been captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04218:
Galaxy M82
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Galaxy NGC 1512 Hubble Space Telescope
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A rainbow of colors is captured in the center of a magnificent barred spiral galaxy, as witnessed by the three cameras of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04219:
Galaxy NGC 1512
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-03 Galaxy NGC 1850 Hubble Space Telescope
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By spying on a neighboring galaxy, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of a young, globular-like star cluster—a type of object unknown in our Milky Way Galaxy.
PIA04221:
Galaxy NGC 1850
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-10 Hubble -V Hubble Space Telescope
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Resembling curling flames from a campfire, a magnificent nebula in a nearby galaxy observed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope provides new insight into the fierce birth of stars as it may have occurred in the early universe.
PIA04222:
Hubble-V
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Thackeray's Globules Hubble Space Telescope
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Strangely glowing, floating dark clouds are silhouetted against nearby bright stars in a busy star-forming region viewed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
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Thackeray's Globules
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Galaxy NGC 4622 Hubble Space Telescope
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Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found a spiral galaxy that may rotate in the opposite direction from what was expected.
PIA04224:
Backwards Spiral Galaxy
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