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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-07 Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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The view is a composite of images taken in visible and near-infrared light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Researchers have circled four unusually red objects that appear as they existed just 500 million years after the big bang.
PIA17568:
Distant Galaxies in Goods North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-30 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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This image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows Herbig-Haro 30, the prototype of a gas-rich 'young stellar object' disk around a star.
PIA17835:
Dark Disks Around Young Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-02 Helix Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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This image of the Helix Nebula from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a fine web of filamentary 'bicycle-spoke' features embedded in the colorful red and blue gas ring, which is one of the nearest planetary nebulae to Earth.
PIA18164:
Iridescent Glory of Nearby Helix Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-14 Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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Known as IRAS 20324+4057 ('The Tadpole'), taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 2012, shows a bright blue tadpole as it appears to swim through the inky blackness of space.
PIA18168:
The Tadpole and the Wriggler
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-16 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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This Hubble telescope snapshot of MyCn18, a young planetary nebula, reveals that the object has an hourglass shape with an intricate pattern of 'etchings' in its walls. A planetary nebula is the glowing relic of a dying, Sun-like star.
PIA14442:
Hubble Finds an Hourglass Nebula around a Dying Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-01-06 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured this sharpest view yet of the most famous of all planetary nebulae: the Ring Nebula (M57). The colors are approximately true colors.
PIA14443:
Looking Down a Barrel of Gas at a Doomed Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-02-03 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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The Keyhole Nebula, part of a larger region called the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372), about 8,000 light-years from Earth as seen by NASA's Hubble Telescope.
PIA14444:
Light and Shadow in the Carina Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-19 Hubble Space Telescope
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This picture, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's WFPC2, shows a galaxy known as NGC 6872 in the constellation of Pavo (The Peacock). Its unusual shape is caused by its interactions with the smaller galaxy that can be seen just above NGC 6872.
PIA17808:
Hubble Feathers the Peacock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-10 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy cluster, SDSS J1038+4849, that appears to have two eyes and a nose as part of a happy face. The 'face' is the result of gravitational lensing.
PIA18794:
Smile, and the Universe Smiles With You
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-06 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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The discovery of likely Eta Carinae 'twins' in other galaxies will help scientists better understand this brief phase in the life of a massive star with images such as this from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA20294:
WFPC2 Image of the Variable Star Eta Carinae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-21 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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Resembling an opulent diamond tapestry, this image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a glittering star cluster that contains a collection of some of the brightest stars seen in our Milky Way galaxy called Trumpler 14.
PIA20468:
Hubble Unveils a Tapestry of Dazzling Diamond-Like Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-18 Hubble Space Telescope
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This is an illustration of a planet that is four times the mass of Jupiter and orbits 5 billion miles from a brown-dwarf companion (the bright red object seen in the background).
PIA16033:
Artist's View of a Super-Jupiter around a Brown Dwarf (2M1207)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-28 Hubble Space Telescope
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This artist's diagram shows the Smith Cloud as it arcs out of the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, then returning like a boomerang. Hubble's Telescope measurements that it came out of a region near the edge of the galaxy's disk of stars 70 million years ago
PIA16024:
Monstrous Cloud Boomerangs Back to Our Galaxy (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Hubble Space Telescope
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In the center of this image from the Hubble Space Telescope, partially obscured by a dark cloud of dust, a newborn star shoots twin jets out into space as a sort of birth announcement to the universe.
PIA16022:
Hubble Sees the Force Awakening in a Newborn Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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This detailed view of NGC 6543, the Cat's Eye Nebula, from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope includes intricate structures, including concentric gas shells, jets of high-speed gas, and unusual shock-induced knots of gas.
PIA16009:
Dying Star Creates Fantasy-like Sculpture of Gas and Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-22 Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures the chaotic activity atop a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars in a tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula.
PIA15985:
Hubble Captures View of 'Mystic Mountain'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-08 Hubble Space Telescope
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Studies based on observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show that hot Jupiters, exoplanets around the same size as Jupiter that orbit very closely to their stars, often have cloud or haze layers in their atmospheres.
PIA20687:
Hot Jupiter with Hidden Water (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-06 Hubble Space Telescope
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This four-panel graphic based on data from NASA's Hubble's Space Telescope illustrates how the binary-star system V Hydrae is launching balls of plasma into space.
PIA21071:
Cannonballs' Shoot from Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-25 Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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This pair of visible-light and near-infrared photos from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the giant star N6946-BH1 before and after it vanished out of sight by imploding to form a black hole.
PIA21467:
Massive Star Goes Out With a Whimper Instead of a Bang
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-11 Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the farthest galaxy yet seen in an image that has been stretched and amplified by a phenomenon called gravitational lensing.
PIA22079:
NASA's Hubble Spots Embryonic Galaxy SPT0615-JD
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-15 Hubble Space Telescope
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An image of the galaxy Arp299B, which is undergoing a merging process with Arp299A (the galaxy to the left), captured by NASA's Hubble space telescope.
PIA22356:
A Tidal Disruption Event in Arp299B
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-04 Hubble Space Telescope
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WFPC2
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These images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show the central region of the spiral galaxy M100, taken with three generations of cameras that were sequentially swapped out, thus improving the capability of the observatory.
PIA22913:
M100 Through 3 Cameras
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-10 Hubble Space Telescope
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This image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows a bow shock around a very young star, LL Ori.
PIA22914:
Bow Shock Around Young Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-24 Hubble Space Telescope
Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the combined power of NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes.
PIA18838:
A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-24 Hubble Space Telescope
Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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A plot of the transmission spectrum for exoplanet HAT-P-11b, with data from NASA's Kepler, Hubble and Spitzer observatories combined. The results show a robust detection of water absorption in the Hubble data.
PIA18839:
Transmission Spectrum of HAT-P-11b
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-08 Hubble Space Telescope
NuSTAR
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The real monster black hole is revealed in this image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array of colliding galaxies Arp 299.
PIA18907:
Tale of Two Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Hubble Space Telescope
NuSTAR
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Galaxy NGC 1068 is shown in visible light and X-rays in this composite image. High-energy X-rays (magenta) captured by NASA's NuSTAR, are overlaid on visible-light images from both NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
PIA20057:
NuSTAR's View of Galaxy NGC 1068
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Hubble Space Telescope
NuSTAR
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Galaxy NGC 1068 can be seen in close-up in this view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. NuSTAR data revealed that the torus of gas and dust surrounding the black hole, also referred to as a doughnut, is more clumpy than previously thought.
PIA20058:
Hidden Lair at the Heart of Galaxy NGC 1068
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-06 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's three Great Observatories -- the Hubble Space Telescope, the SpitzerSpace Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory -- joined forces to probe the expanding remains of a supernova, called Kepler's supernova remnant.
PIA06907:
Three Great Eyes on Kepler's Supernova Remnant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-04 Messier 104 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on one of the most famous objects in the sky, Messier 104, also called the Sombrero galaxy.
PIA07899:
Spitzer Spies Spectacular Sombrero Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-10 Cassiopeia A Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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This false-color image from three of NASA's Great Observatories provides one example of a star that died in a fiery supernova blast. Called Cassiopeia A, this supernova remnant is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.
PIA03519:
Cassiopeia A: Death Becomes Her Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-27 HUDF-JD2 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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This image demonstrates how data from two of NASA's Great Observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes, are used to identify one of the most distant galaxies ever seen. This galaxy is named named HUDF-JD2.
PIA03542:
Big Galaxy in Baby Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-19 Helix Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
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Six hundred and fifty light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, a dead star about the size of Earth, is refusing to fade away peacefully. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes have captured the complex structure of the Helix nebula.
PIA03678:
The Mark of a Dying Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-24 M82 Galaxy Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Visible Light
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NASA's Spitzer, Hubble and Chandra space observatories teamed up to create this multi-wavelength, false-colored view of the M82 galaxy. The lively 
portrait celebrates Hubble's 'sweet sixteen' birthday.
PIA08093:
Great Observatories Present Rainbow of a Galaxy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-26 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes combined to make these shape-shifting galaxies taking on the form of a giant mask. The icy blue eyes are actually the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163, and the mask is their spiral arms.
PIA08097:
Eyes in the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-06 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the supernova remnant 1E0102.2-7219 sits next to the nebula N76 in a bright, star-forming region of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA08516:
Dusty Death of a Massive Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-21 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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This new false-colored image from NASA's Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes shows a giant jet of particles that has been shot out from the vicinity of a type of supermassive black hole called a quasar.
PIA08617:
Black Hole Spills Kaleidoscope of Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This majestic view taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells an untold story of life and death in the Eagle nebula, an industrious star-making factory located 7,000 light-years away in the Serpens constellation.
PIA09107:
Cosmic Epic Unfolds in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This image composite highlights the pillars of the Eagle nebula, as seen in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (bottom) and visible light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top insets).
PIA09109:
Unwrapping the Pillars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-02-12 Abell 1689 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
NICMOS
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A massive cluster of yellowish galaxies is seemingly caught in a spider web of eerily distorted background galaxies in the left-hand image, taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10237:
Astronomers Uncover One of the Youngest and Brightest Galaxies in the Early Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-02-10 Messier 101 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The galaxy Messier 101 is a swirling spiral of stars, gas, and dust. Messier 101 is nearly twice as wide as our Milky Way galaxy in this image as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA11796:
Spitzer Space Telescope's View of Galaxy Messier 101
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-02-10 Messier 101 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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NASA's Great Observatories continue Galileo's legacy with stunning images and breakthrough science from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
PIA11797:
NASA's Great Observatories Celebrate the International Year of Astronomy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-07 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This picture highlights a slice of Saturn's largest ring. The ring (red band) was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which detected infrared light, or heat, from the dusty ring material.
PIA12259:
Infrared Ring around Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-22 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has at last found buckyballs (resembling soccer balls) in space shown in this artist's concept using Hubble's picture of the NGC 2440 nebula. Hubble image cred: NASA, ESA, STScI
PIA13288:
Space Balls (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-19 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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A brilliant burst of star formation is revealed in this image combining observations from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes. The collision of two spiral galaxies has triggered this luminous starburst.
PIA13632:
Shrouded Starburst
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-21 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Hubble telescope shows one of the most distant galaxies known, called GN-108036, dating back to 750 million years after the Big Bang that created our universe. The galaxy's light took 12.9 billion years to reach us.
PIA15251:
Distant Galaxy Bursts with Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception illustrates the brown dwarf named 2MASSJ22282889-431026. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes observed the object to learn more about its turbulent atmosphere.
PIA16609:
Forecast for Exotic Weather (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-07 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a police strobe light.
PIA16690:
Protostar LRLL 54361
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-07 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744 was obtained with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The zoomed image shows the region around the galaxy Abell2744_Y1, one of the most distant galaxy candidates known.
PIA17837:
Pushing the Limits of the Observable Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-27 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Artist's impression of a firestorm of star birth deep inside core of young, growing elliptical galaxy.
PIA18471:
A Cauldron of Star Birth in the Center of a Young Galaxy (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-24 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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A Neptune-size planet with a clear atmosphere is shown crossing in front of its star in this artist's depiction. Such crossings, or transits, are observed by telescopes like NASA's Hubble and Spitzer to glean information about planets' atmospheres.
PIA18837:
Seeing Starlight Through a Planet's Rim (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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A massive cluster of galaxies, called SpARCS1049+56, can be seen in this multi-wavelength view from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes.
PIA19837:
What Feeds the Beast in a Galaxy Cluster?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-03 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This is view from ESA's Hubble Space Telescope of a very massive cluster of galaxies, MACS J0416.1-2403, located roughly 4 billion light-years away and weighing as much as a million billion suns.
PIA20054:
Faint Compact Galaxy in the Early Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-14 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image shows an artist's impression of the 10 hot Jupiter exoplanets studied using the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes. (Top L, Bottom R -- WASP-12b, WASP-6b, WASP-31b, WASP-39b, HD 189733b, HAT-P-12b, WASP-17b, WASP-19b, HAT-P-1b, HD 209458b)
PIA20056:
Artist's Impression of "Hot Jupiter" Exoplanets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-06 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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Researchers found likely twins of the giant, erupting star Eta Carinae by comparing infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (top) and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA20018:
A Full Panel of Twins
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-25 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows the final stages in the life of a supermassive star that fails to explode as a supernova, but instead implodes to form a black hole.
PIA21466:
Massive Star Goes Out With a Whimper Instead of a Bang (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-11 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept showcases both the visible and infrared visualizations of the Orion Nebula, looking down a 'valley' leading to the star cluster at far end.
PIA22089:
Visible and Infrared Visualization of the Orion Nebula (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-31 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of distant interacting galaxies, known collectively as Arp 142, bears an uncanny resemblance to a penguin guarding an egg. Data from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have been combined to show these dramatic galaxies.
PIA22092:
Arp 142: The Penguin and the Egg
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Based on data from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, these simulated views of the ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b show what the planet might look like from five different vantage points, illuminated to different degrees by its parent star.
PIA22565:
Ultrahot Jupiter WASP-121b
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-08 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This deep-field view of the sky taken by NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes is dominated by galaxies.
PIA23123:
A Field of Galaxies Seen by Spitzer and Hubble
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-23 Hubble Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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The tiny red spot in this image is one of the most efficient star-making galaxies ever observed, converting gas into stars at the maximum possible rate. The galaxy is shown here is from NASA's WISE, which first spotted the rare galaxy in infrared light.
PIA17005:
Galaxy Packs Big Star-Making Punch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-10 Hubble Space Telescope
XMM-Newton
Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Very Large Array (VLA)
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This image of the Crab Nebula combines data from five different telescopes. It is know as the expanding gaseous remnant from a star that self-detonated as a supernova, briefly shining as brightly as 400 million suns.
PIA21474:
Crab Nebula from Five Observatories
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-03 IRAS
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Nearly the entire sky, as seen in infrared wavelengths and projected at one-half degree resolution, is shown in this image, assembled from six months of data from the NASA's Infrared Astronomical Satellite, or IRAS.
PIA12335:
Infrared Astronomical Satellite's View of the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-17 IRAS
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The image on the left shows an infrared view of the center of our Milky Way galaxy as seen by the 1983 Infrared Astronomical Satellite, which surveyed the whole sky with only 62 pixels. The image on the right shows an infrared view similar to what NASA's
PIA12465:
The Next Generation of Infrared Views
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-17 IRAS
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This infrared view of the whole sky highlights the flat plane of our Milky Way galaxy (line across middle of image). NASA's WISE, will take a similar infrared census of the whole sky, only with much improved resolution and sensitivity.
PIA12467:
All-Sky Infrared Survey
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-16 Kepler
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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
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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
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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 2010-08-26 NGC 6791 Kepler
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This artist's concept illustrates the two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The star system is oriented edge-on, as seen by Kepler, such that both planets cross in front, or transit, their star, named Kepler-9.
PIA13351:
Worlds on the Edge (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-10 Kepler
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Artist's concept of the first rocky world discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The planet, called Kepler 10-b, is shown in front of its host star.
PIA13776:
NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Its First Rocky Planet (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-02 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows Kepler-11 -- the most tightly packed planetary system yet discovered.
PIA13833:
Kepler-11 Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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This chart compares the first Earth-size planets found around a sun-like star to planets in our own solar system, Earth and Venus. NASA's Kepler mission discovered the newfound planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f.
PIA14886:
Earth-class Planets Line Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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This artist's concept flies through the Kepler-20 star system, where NASA's Kepler mission discovered the first Earth-size planets around a star beyond our own. The system is jam-packed with five planets.
PIA14887:
An Unusual Planetary System (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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Kepler-20e is the first planet smaller than the Earth discovered to orbit a star other than the sun. A year on Kepler-20e only lasts 6 days, as it is much closer to its host star than the Earth is to the sun.
PIA14888:
Kepler-20e -- The Smallest Exoplanet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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Kepler-20f is the closest object to the Earth in terms of size ever discovered. With an orbital period of 20 days and a surface temperature of 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 degrees Celsius), it is too hot to host life, as we know it.
PIA14889:
Kepler-20f -- An Earth-size World (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-11 Kepler
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This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes, depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system -- so compact, in fact, that it's more like Jupiter and its moons than a star and its planets.
PIA15257:
Mini Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-11 Kepler
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Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes recently discovered the three smallest exoplanets known to circle another star, called KOI-961.01, KOI-961.02 and KOI-961.03.
PIA15258:
Sizing Up Exoplanets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-11 Kepler
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This artist's conception compares the KOI-961 planetary system to Jupiter and the largest four of its many moons. The KOI-961 planetary system hosts the three smallest planets known to orbit a star beyond our sun.
PIA15259:
'Honey I Shrunk the Planetary System' (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-21 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts a comet-like tail of a possible disintegrating super Mercury-size planet candidate as it transits, or crosses, its parent star, named KIC 12557548. The results are based on data from NASA's Kepler mission.
PIA15629:
Possible Disintegrating Planet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star like our sun, approximately 210 light-years away in the constellation Lyra.
PIA16693:
A Tiny Planet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler mission compares artist's concepts of the planets in the Kepler-37 system to the moon and planets in the solar system. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon.
PIA16694:
A Moon-size Line Up (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-04 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts an ultra-dense dead star, called a white dwarf, passing in front of a small red star. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler was able to detect gravitational lensing by measuring a strangely subtle dip in the star's brightness.
PIA16885:
Dead Star Warps Light of Red Star (Artist's Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-04 Kepler
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This chart shows data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, which looks for planets by monitoring changes in the brightness of stars. As planets orbit in front of a star, they block the starlight, causing periodic dips.
PIA16886:
White Dwarfs: Small and Strong
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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Relative sizes of Kepler habitable zone planets discovered as of 2013 April 18. Except for Earth, these are artists' renditions.
PIA16888:
Lining Kepler Habitable Zone Planets Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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This diagram compares the planets of the inner solar system to Kepler-62, a five-planet system about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. At seven billion years old, the star is somewhat older than the sun.
PIA16889:
Kepler-62 and the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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This diagram compares the planets of the inner solar system to Kepler-69, a two-planet system about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
PIA17000:
Kepler-69 and the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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The artist's concept depicts Kepler-62f, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star smaller and cooler than the sun, located about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra.
PIA17001:
Kepler-62f, a Small Habitable Zone World (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts in the foreground planet Kepler-62f, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of its star, which is seen peeking out from behind the right edge of the planet.
PIA17002:
Morning Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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The artist's concept depicts Kepler-69c, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star like our sun, located about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
PIA17003:
Super-Venus (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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The artist's concept depicts Kepler-62e, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star smaller and cooler than the sun, located about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra.
PIA17004:
Kepler-62e (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-17 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows a Super Venus planet on the left, and a Super Earth on the right. Researchers use a concept known as the habitable zone to distinguish between these two types of planets, which exist beyond our solar system.
PIA17250:
Toxic Wasteland or Lush Paradise? (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-25 Kepler
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This artist's concept illustrates the fate of two different planets: the one on the left is similar to Earth, made up largely of silicate-based rocks with oceans coating its surface.
PIA17550:
A Tale of Two Worlds: Silicate Versus Carbon Planets (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-04 Kepler
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This illustration shows the unusual orbit of planet Kepler-413b around a close pair of orange and red dwarf stars. The planet's 66-day orbit is tilted 2.5 degrees with respect to the plane of the binary stars' orbit.
PIA17836:
Wobbly Planet Orbital Schematic (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 Kepler
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This illustration shows the unusual orbit of planet Kepler-413b around a close pair of orange and red dwarf stars. The planet's 66-day orbit is tilted 2.5 degrees with respect to the plane of the binary stars' orbit.
PIA17848:
Star System Bonanza (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-17 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone, a range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the planet's surface.
PIA17999:
Kepler-186f, the First Earth-size Planet in the Habitable Zone (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-17 Kepler
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This diagram compares the planets of our inner solar system to Kepler-186, a five-planet star system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
PIA18000:
Kepler-186 and the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-18 Kepler
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This artist concept shows NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2's first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets.
PIA18904:
Reborn Kepler Discovers First K2 Exoplanet (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-28 Kepler
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The tightly packed system, named Kepler-444, is home to five small planets in very compact orbits. The planets were detected from the dimming that occurs when they transit the disk of their parent star, as shown in this artist's conception.
PIA18910:
Kepler-444 Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of star that is similar to our sun.
PIA19824:
Soaking up the Rays of a Sun-like Star (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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