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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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Scientists used data from NASA's Kepler mission in this artist's concept confirming the first near-Earth-size planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.
PIA19825:
Earth's Bigger, Older Cousin (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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This size and scale of the Kepler-452 system compared alongside the Kepler-186 system and the solar system. Kepler-186 is a miniature solar system that would fit entirely inside the orbit of Mercury.
PIA19826:
Planetary System Comparisons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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Of the 1,030 confirmed planets from Kepler, a dozen are less than twice the size of Earth and reside in the habitable zone of their host stars. In this diagram, the sizes of the exoplanets are represented by the size of each sphere.
PIA19827:
Kepler's Small Habitable Zone Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Kepler
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A newly discovered exoplanet, Kepler-452b, comes the closest of any found so far to matching our Earth-sun system.
PIA19830:
Pantheon of Planets Similar to Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-21 Kepler
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The brilliant flash of an exploding star's shockwave -- what astronomers call the 'shock breakout' -- is illustrated in artist's concept based on NASA's Kepler.
PIA20065:
Caught: A Supernova Shock Breakout (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-07 Kepler
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In a global experiment in exoplanet observation, the K2 mission and Earth-based observatories on six continents will survey millions of stars toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA20070:
Map of Exoplanet Search Areas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-20 Kepler
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K2-33b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
PIA20690:
Exoplanet Orbits Youthful Star (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-20 Kepler
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This image shows the K2-33 system, and its planet K2-33b, compared to our own solar system, as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
PIA20691:
Comparing K2-33 to our Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-20 Kepler
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When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the star's light.shown in this frame from an animation as discovered by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
PIA20692:
Young Star and Its Infant Planet (Artist's animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-18 Kepler
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This illustration based on computer modeling and data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, represents how hot Jupiters of different temperatures and different cloud compositions might appear while flying over the dayside of these planets on a spaceship.
PIA21074:
Clouds on Hot Jupiters (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-21 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts 'heartbeat stars,' which have been detected by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. Two heartbeat stars are seen swerving close to one another in their closest approach along their highly elongated orbits around one another.
PIA21075:
Heartbeat Stars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-12 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows a hypothetical planet covered in water around the binary star system of Kepler-35A and B.
PIA21470:
Water World Artist Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-14 Kepler
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With the discovery of an eighth planet, NASA's Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. This is an artist's concept.
PIA22192:
Kepler-90 system (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-14 Kepler
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With the discovery of an eighth planet, NASA's Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets. This is an artist's concept compared with our own solar system.
PIA22193:
Kepler-90 System Compared to Our Solar System (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-11 Kepler
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This artist concept shows the K2-138 system, the first multi-planet system discovered by citizen scientists.
PIA22088:
Kepler K2-138 System (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-26 Kepler
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This image from an animation shows a gigantic star exploding in a 'core collapse' supernova. As molecules fuse inside the star, eventually the star can't support its own weight anymore.
PIA22350:
Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Core Collapse Supernova) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-26 Kepler
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This image from an animation shows the explosion of a white dwarf, an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.
PIA22352:
Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Ia Supernova from a White Dwarf Stealing Matter) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-26 Kepler
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This image from an animation shows the merger of two white dwarfs. A white dwarf is an extremely dense remnant of a star that can no longer burn nuclear fuel at its core.
PIA22353:
Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Ia Supernova from a White Dwarf Merger) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-26 Kepler
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This image from an animation shows a kind of stellar explosion called a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transient. In this case, a giant star 'burp' out a shell of gas and dust about a year before exploding.
PIA22351:
Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars (Type Felt Supernova) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-07 Comet Kepler
Rosetta
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NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft observed the comet during the final month of the Rosetta mission, while the comet was not visible from Earth. This is a frame from an animation composed of images from Kepler of the comet.
PIA21072:
Comet 67P Seen by Kepler Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-30 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
Kepler Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Kepler-7b (right), which is 1.5 times the radius of Jupiter (left), is the first exoplanet to have its clouds mapped. The cloud map was produced using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.
PIA17445:
Partially Cloudy Skies on Kepler-7b (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-10 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles. The storm is thought to be similar to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Scientists discovered it using NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.
PIA20055:
Cool Star Marked by Long-Lived Storm (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-01-07 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's illustration shows the planetary system K2-138. Five planets were initially detected in the system but in 2018 scientists found evidence of a sixth planet.
PIA23002:
K2-138 6 Planets Artwork (Artist's Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-01-07 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This diagram image shows the estimated radii of the six planets in the planetary system K2-128, as well as their distance from the parent star.
PIA23003:
K2-138 System Diagram
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-01-07 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's illustration shows the newfound planet K2-288Bb is slightly smaller than Neptune.
PIA23004:
K2-288Bb (Artist's Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-13 MAVEN
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To receive the same amount of starlight as Mars receives from our Sun, a planet orbiting an M-type red dwarf would have to be positioned much closer to its star than Mercury is to the Sun.
PIA22075:
How Habitable Might an Exo-Mars Be?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-08 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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The panoramic camera on NASA's Opportunity combines the first photographs of solar eclipses by Mars' two moons, Deimos and Phobos. Deimos appears as a speck in front of the Sun and Phobos grazes its edge.
PIA05518:
Martian Eclipses: Deimos and Phobos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-10 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image shows the Sun as it appears on Mars throughout the day. Scientists monitor the dimming of the setting Sun to assess how much dust is in the martian atmosphere. The pictures were taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's panoramic camera.
PIA05041:
Martian Sunsets More Than Just Pretty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-11 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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Stars in the upper portion of the constellation Orion the Hunter, including the bright shoulder star Betelgeuse and Orion's three-star belt, appear in this image taken from the surface of Mars by the panoramic camera on NASA's rover Spirit.
PIA05546:
Stars in Orion as Seen from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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In this five-minute exposure taken from the surface of Mars by NASA's Spirit rover, stars appear as streaks due to the rotation of the planet, and instantaneous cosmic-ray hits appear as points of light.
PIA05551:
Stars and Cosmic Rays Observed from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, shows the transit of Mars' moon Phobos across the Sun. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA05553:
Martian Moon Blocks Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, shows the transit of Mars' moon Deimos across the Sun. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA05556:
Deimos Crosses Face of Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
Panoramic Camera
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Observing the sky with the green filter of it panoramic camera, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit came across a surprise: a streak across the sky, probably the brightest object in the sky at the time.
PIA05557:
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a... Spacecraft?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-13 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This panel illustrates the transit of the martian moon Phobos across the Sun. It is made up of images taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
PIA05554:
Martian Moon Eclipses Sun, in Stages
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-27 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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The sun descends to the Martian horizon and sets in this image from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13736:
Sunset Watched by Opportunity, November 2010 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-27 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes in front of the Sun's face in this image from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13737:
Phobos Passes in Front of Sun's Face, Nov. 9, 2010 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Sol (our sun) Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This single frame from a sequence of images shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from June 27 to July 8, 2015; the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun from the side facing Earth during this period.
PIA19801:
Tracking Sunspots from Mars, Summer 2015 (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Sol (our sun) Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This single frame from a sequence of six images of an animation shows sunspots as viewed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from April 4 to April 15, 2015. From Mars, the rover was in position to see the opposite side of the sun.
PIA19802:
Tracking Sunspots from Mars, April 2015 (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-23 Pleiades MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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This image is a 'star cal' frame collected about a month before NASA's MESSENGER's first flyby of Venus.
PIA15244:
Stars Are Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-19 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This is one of the first images captured by the revived NEOWISE mission, after more than two years of hibernation. It shows a patch of sky in the constellation Canes Venatici, or the Hunting Dogs.
PIA17810:
NEOWISE Opens its Eyes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-28 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE mission captured images of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring. The infrared pictures reveal a comet that is active and very dusty.
PIA17833:
NEOWISE Spies Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-23 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) first looked like an asteroid when NASA's NEOWISE team first observed it on December 31, 2013. These exposures were taken that day, when the comet was at a distance of about 2.9 AU from the sun.
PIA18652:
NEOWISE Spots Comet Catalina
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-23 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE spotted Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina), appearing to be a highly active comet one day past perihelion on July 7, 2014.
PIA18653:
NEOWISE Spies Activity on Comet Catalina
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-07 NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE mission detected comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring on July 28, 2014, less than three months before this comet's close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.
PIA18593:
NEOWISE Spies Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring a Second Time
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-26 NEOWISE
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NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft viewed comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) for a second time on January 30, 2015, as the comet passed through the closest point to our sun along its 14,000-year orbit, at a solar distance of 120 million miles (193 million kilometers).
PIA19354:
NEOWISE Wise to Comet Lovejoy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-11 New Horizons
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This is an overhead view of NASA's New Horizons full trajectory; the spacecraft has entered a hibernation phase on April 7 that will last until early September.
PIA21589:
Nap Time for New Horizons: NASA Spacecraft Enters Hibernation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-04 New Horizons
LORRI
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In preparation for NASA's New Horizons flyby of 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019, the spacecraft's LORRI took a series of 10-second exposures of the background star field near the location of its target Kuiper Belt object (KBO).
PIA21588:
A KBO among the Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-19 Kuiper Belt Object New Horizons
LORRI
MVIC
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This frame from an animation shows a Kuiper Belt object know as 2014 MU69, as seen by NASA's New Horizons.
PIA21865:
Wink of a Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-04 2014 MU69 New Horizons
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This is one artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons mission.
PIA21867:
A Kuiper Belt Pair? Artist's Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Binary Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-04 2014 MU69 New Horizons
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Artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, which is the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons mission.
PIA21868:
Artist's Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Single Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-04 2014 MU69 New Horizons
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This artist's impression is of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69, a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, on Jan. 1, 2019.
PIA22190:
New Horizons Encountering 2014 MU69 (Artist's Impression)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-28 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR has taken its first snapshots of the highest energy X-rays in the cosmos, the same kind used by doctors to take pictures of your bones. NuSTAR chose a black hole in the constellation Cygnus as its first target due to its brightness.
PIA15804:
NuSTAR's First View of High-Energy X-ray Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-23 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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These images, taken by NASA's black-hole hunter, NuSTAR, are the first, focused high-energy X-ray views of the area surrounding the supermassive black hole, called Sagittarius A*, at the center of our galaxy.
PIA16213:
First Look at Milky Way's Monster in High-Energy X-ray Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-23 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's NuSTAR has captured these first, focused views of the supermassive black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy in high-energy X-ray light.
PIA16214:
Pointing X-ray Eyes at our Resident Supermassive Black Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-07 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This new view of spiral galaxy IC 342, also known as Caldwell 5, includes data from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. IC 342 lies 7 million light-years away in the Camelopardalis constellation.
PIA16605:
Blazing Black Holes Spotted in Spiral Beauty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-07 Cassiopeia A NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This new view of the historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, located 11,000 light-years away, was taken by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. While the star is long dead, its remains are still bursting with action.
PIA16606:
Sizzling Remains of a Dead Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
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This artist's concept illustrates a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun. Supermassive black holes are enormously dense objects buried at the hearts of galaxies.
PIA16695:
Black Holes: Monsters in Space (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-11 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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The Sculptor galaxy is seen in a new light, in this composite image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Southern Observatory in Chile.
PIA17244:
Sculptor Galaxy Shines with X-rays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-05 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR's serendipitous discovery in this field lies to the left of a galaxy, called IC751, at which the telescope originally intended to look.
PIA17440:
Black Holes Shine for NuSTAR
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-26 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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Magenta spots in this image from NASA's NuSTAR show two black holes in the Circinus galaxy, located 13 million light-years from Earth in the Circinus constellation.
PIA17560:
Black Holes of the Circinus Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-26 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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The magenta spots in this image from NASA's NuSTAR show two black holes in the spiral galaxy called NGC 1313, or the Topsy Turvy galaxy, located about 13 million light-years away in the Reticulum constellation.
PIA17561:
Topsy Turvy Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-09 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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Nicknamed the 'Hand of God,' this object is called a pulsar wind nebula, imaged by NASA's NuSTAR. It's powered by the leftover, dense core of a star that blew up in a supernova explosion.
PIA17566:
High-Energy X-ray View of 'Hand of God'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-09 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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A range of supermassive black holes lights up this new image from NASA's NuSTAR. All of the dots are active black holes tucked inside the hearts of galaxies, with colors representing different energies of X-ray light.
PIA17567:
Different Flavors of Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This diagram illustrates why NASA's NuSTAR can see radioactivity in the remains of exploded stars for the first time. The observatory detects high-energy X-ray photons that are released by a radioactive substance called titanium-44.
PIA17840:
The Creation of Titanium in Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-19 NuSTAR
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NuSTAR has provided the first observational evidence in support of a theory that says exploding stars slosh around before detonating. That theory, referred to as mild asymmetries, is shown here in a simulation by Christian Ott.
PIA17845:
Sloshing Star Goes Supernova Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-12 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This data plot captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, shows X-ray light streaming from regions near a supermassive black hole known as Markarian 335.
PIA18467:
Big, Spinning Black Hole Blurs Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
Chandra X-ray Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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The comparison from NASA's Hubble telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory highlights how different the universe can look when viewed in other wavelengths of light. M82 is located 12 million light-years away in the Ursa Major constellation.
PIA18840:
Galaxy in Different Lights
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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The bulk of a galaxy called Messier 82 (M82), or the 'Cigar galaxy,' is seen in visible-light data captured by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona.
PIA18841:
NuSTAR Finds a Pulse in Cigar Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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This chart illustrates relative masses of super-dense cosmic objects, ranging from white dwarfs to supermassive black holes encased in the cores of most galaxies. The first three 'dead' stars (left) all form when stars more massive than our sun explode.
PIA18842:
Mass Chart for Dead Stars and Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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The brightest pulsar detected to date is shown in this frame from an animation that flips back and forth between images captured by NASA's NuSTAR. A pulsar is a type of neutron star, the leftover core of a star that exploded in a supernova.
PIA18843:
NuSTAR Captures the Beat of a Dead Star (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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NuSTAR has added a new twist to the mystery of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) by showing that one of the ULXs in M82, called M82 X-2, is not a black hole but a pulsar.
PIA18844:
Ultraluminous X-ray Sources in M82 Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-08 NuSTAR
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This image shows a neutron star -- the core of a star that exploded in a massive supernova. This particular neutron star is known as a pulsar because it sends out rotating beams of X-rays that sweep past Earth like lighthouse beacons.
PIA18845:
Beacons of X-ray Light (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-22 Sol (our sun) NuSTAR
NuSTAR
SDO
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X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), taken by NASA's NuSTAR. The field of view covers the west limb of the sun.
PIA18906:
Sun Shines in High-Energy X-rays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-29 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This picture from NASA's NuSTAR is one of the most detailed ever taken of the center of our galaxy in high-energy X-rays. The X-ray light, normally invisible to our eyes, has been assigned the color magenta.
PIA19334:
Extra X-rays at the Hub of Our Milky Way Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-07 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR has made the most precise measurements yet of a radioactive element, called titanium-44, in the supernova remnant called 1987A.
PIA19335:
Tracing Titanium's Escape
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-06 NuSTAR
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A montage of images showing an artist's concept of NuSTAR (top); a color image of one of the galaxies targeted by NuSTAR (lower left); and artist's concept of a hidden black hole.
PIA19348:
NuSTAR Seeks Hidden Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-08 Sol (our sun) NuSTAR
NuSTAR
SDO
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Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.
PIA19821:
NuSTAR Stares at the Sun
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-27 NuSTAR
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In 2014, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, and Swift space telescopes witnessed an X-flare from the supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy called Markarian 335. Artist Concept.
PIA20051:
Shifting Coronas Around Black Holes (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-12 NuSTAR
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This artist's impression depicts the accretion disc surrounding a black hole, in which the inner region of the disc precesses. 'Precession' means that the orbit of material surrounding the black hole changes orientation around the central object.
PIA20697:
Black Hole with 'Wobbling' Disk (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-07 IC 3639 NuSTAR
Hubble Space Telescope
ESO
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IC 3639, a galaxy with an active galactic nucleus, is seen in this image combining data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory.
PIA21087:
Galaxy IC 3639 with Obscured Active Galactic Nucleus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-02 NuSTAR
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This artist's concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk -- a flat structure of material orbiting the black hole -- and a jet of hot gas, called plasma.
PIA22085:
Black Hole With Jet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-20 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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Sources of high-energy X-ray light captured by NASA's NuSTAR mission are overlaid on an image of the Whirlpool galaxy and its companion galaxy, M51b, taken by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
PIA23005:
A Hard X-ray Look at M51
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-31 NuSTAR
SWIFT
XMM-Newton
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These four images show an artist's impression of gas accreting onto the neutron star in the binary system MXB 1730-335, also known as the 'Rapid Burster.'
PIA21418:
The Rapid Burster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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Black holes are tremendous objects whose immense gravity can distort and twist space-time, the fabric that shapes our universe as this chart from NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescope illustrates.
PIA16696:
How to Measure the Spin of a Black Hole (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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Scientists measure the spin rates of supermassive black holes by spreading the X-ray light into different colors. The light comes from accretion disks that swirl around black holes, as shown in both of the artist's concepts.
PIA16697:
Two Models of Black Hole Spin (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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This image taken by the ultraviolet-light monitoring camera on the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton telescope shows the beautiful spiral arms of the galaxy NGC1365.
PIA16699:
NuSTAR's Improved View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-19 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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This plot of data from two space telescopes, NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton determines for the first time the shape of ultra-fast winds from supermassive black holes, or quasars.
PIA18918:
The Answer is Blowing in the Black Hole Wind
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-19 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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Supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies blast radiation and ultra-fast winds outward, as illustrated in this artist's conception based on NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescopes.
PIA18919:
How Black Hole Winds Blow (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Altair Palomar Testbed Interferometer
Palomar Testbed Interferometer
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Altair, a star spinning so fast its mid-section is stretched out has been directly measured by an ultra-high-resolution NASA telescope system on Palomar Mountain near San Diego.
PIA04204:
Altair
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-17 Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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One of Planck's first images is shown as a strip superimposed over a two dimensional projection of the whole sky as seen in visible light.
PIA12206:
Planck's First Glimpse at the Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Planck
High Frequency Instrument
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Filamentary structures in our Milky Way galaxy are apparent at large scales, as shown in this ESA image from Planck image, on the right, and small scales as seen the Herschel image on the left.
PIA12963:
Milky Way Dust at Different Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Planck
IRAS
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This three-color combination constructed from ESA Planck's two highest frequency channels and an image obtained with the NASA's Infrared Astronomical Satellite shows local dust structures within 500 light-years of the sun.
PIA12964:
Tendrils of Cold Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-26 Perseus Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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A low activity, star-formation region in the constellation Perseus, as seen by the European Space Agency's Planck.
PIA13065:
Planck Sees Perseus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-26 Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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The big Hunter in the sky is seen in a new light by Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA participation. The long-wavelength image shows most of the constellation Orion, highlighting turbid clouds of cold material.
PIA13066:
Planck's View of Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-06 Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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This image of the microwave sky was synthesized using data spanning the range of light frequencies detected by ESA's Planck. A vast portion of the sky is dominated by the diffuse emission from gas and dust in our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA13239:
Planck's View of the Whole Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-11 Planck
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This map illustrates the numerous star-forming clouds, called cold cores, that European Space Agency's Planck observed throughout our Milky Way galaxy. Planck detected around 10,000 of these cores, thousands of which had never been seen before.
PIA13779:
Clumps of Cold Stuff Across the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-13 Planck
High Frequency Instrument
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This all-sky image shows the distribution of carbon monoxide (CO), a molecule used by astronomers to trace molecular clouds across the sky, as seen by Planck.
PIA15227:
All-sky Image of Molecular Gas and Three Molecular Cloud Complexes seen by Planck
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-13 Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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This all-sky image shows the spatial distribution over the whole sky of the galactic haze at 30 and 44 GHz, extracted from the Planck observations.
PIA15228:
The Mysterious Galactic Haze seen by Planck
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-13 Planck
Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
Planck LFI-HFI
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This all-sky image shows the distribution of the galactic haze seen by ESA's Planck mission at microwave frequencies superimposed over the high-energy sky, as seen by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.
PIA15229:
Galactic Haze seen by Planck and Galactic 'Bubbles' seen by Fermi
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-21 Planck
Planck Space Telescope
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Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters Abell 399 (lower center) and Abell 401 (top left). The galaxy pair is located about a billion light-years from Earth.
PIA16466:
Bridging Cities of Galaxies
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