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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-07-03 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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These seven radar observations by the Deep Space Network's Goldstone Solar System Radar shows the mile-wide asteroid 2011 UL21 during its June 27 close approach with Earth from about 4 million miles away.
PIA26384:
Goldstone Planetary Radar Observes Binary Asteroid 2011 UL21
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-07-03 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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Because close approaches by asteroids the size of 2024 MK are relatively rare, JPL's planetary radar team gathered as much information about the near-Earth object as possible.
PIA26383:
Detailed Planetary Radar Observations of Asteroid 2024 MK
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-05-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's retired Spitzer Space Telescope highlights the stars and dust clouds in the Andromeda galaxy.
PIA26276:
The Infrared Face of the Andromeda Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-02-26 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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The day before asteroid 2008 OS7 made its close approach with Earth on Feb. 2, 2024, this series of images was captured by the powerful 230-foot (70-meter) Goldstone Solar System Radar antenna near Barstow, California.
PIA26149:
NASA's Planetary Radar Images Slow-Spinning Asteroid 2008 OS7
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Add Image to Favorite List 2024-02-14 NICER
NuSTAR
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A magnetar is depicted losing material into space in this artist's concept. The magnetar's strong, twisted magnetic field lines can influence the flow of electrically charged material from the object.
PIA26274:
A Magnetar Loses Mass (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-22 IRAS
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Clouds of gas and dust in space – like Rho Ophiuchi, shown here – mostly radiate infrared light. IRAS, imaged the region in 1983 and revealed previously hidden features, including newly forming stars nestled deep inside the dust.
PIA26271:
Rho Ophiuchi Imaged by IRAS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-22 James Webb Space Telescope
IRAS
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Scientists have been studying the universe with infrared space telescopes for 40 years, including these NASA missions, from left: the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS); the Spitzer Space Telescope; and the James Webb Space Telescope.
PIA25790:
Three of NASA's Infrared Telescopes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-12-05 Pan Psyche
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This mosaic was made from first light images acquired by both of the cameras on NASA's Psyche spacecraft on Dec. 4, 2023.
PIA25960:
First Images From NASA's Psyche
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-26 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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This collage represents a selection of NASA radar observations of near-Earth asteroid 2006 HV5 on April 25, 2023, less than one day before its close approach with our planet at a distance of about 1.5 million miles (2.4 million kilometers).
PIA25834:
NASA's Planetary Radar Images Asteroid 2006 HV5
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-04-06 NuSTAR
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In this illustration of an ultra-luminous X-ray source, two rivers of hot gas are pulled onto the surface of a neutron star. Strong magnetic fields may change the interaction of matter and light, increasing how bright they can become.
PIA25781:
Magnetic Fields Around an Ultraluminous X-ray Source (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-02-17 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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This collage represents NASA radar observations of near-Earth asteroid 2011 AG5 on Feb. 4, 2023, one day after its close approach to Earth brought it about 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) from our planet.
PIA25259:
Radar Observations of Elongated Near-Earth Asteroid 2011 AG5
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-02-09 Sol (our sun) NuSTAR
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This composite image of the Sun includes high-energy X-ray data from NASA's NuSTAR shown in blue; lower energy X-ray data from the XRT on the JAXA's Hinode mission shown in green; and ultraviolet light detected by the AIA on NASA's SDO shown in red.
PIA25628:
Three-Telescope View of the Sun
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-12-20 NuSTAR
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A disk of hot gas swirls around a black hole in this illustration. The stream of gas is what remains of a star that was pulled apart by the black hole. A cloud of hot plasma above the black hole is known as a corona.
PIA25440:
A Black Hole Destroys a Star (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-22 Orion Nebula Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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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 2022-11-11 Eagle Nebula Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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The dusty face of the Eagle Nebula and its surroundings are revealed in this image based on data from NASA's Wide Field Survey Explorer (WISE).
PIA25433:
The Eagle Nebula Observed by WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-12 Star James Webb Space Telescope
Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI)
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The two stars in Wolf-Rayet 140 produce shells of dust every eight years that look like rings, as seen in this image from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. Each ring was created when the stars came close together and their stellar winds collided.
PIA25432:
Dust Rings in the Wolf-Rayet 140 System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-12 Star 3840x2160x3
This graphic shows the relative size of the Sun, upper left, compared to the two stars in the system known as Wolf-Rayet 140. The O-type star is roughly 30 times the mass of the Sun, while its companion is about 10 times the mass of the Sun.
PIA25431:
Comparing Sizes: the Sun and WR 140
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-06-29 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
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This collage and animation represent NASA radar observations of near-Earth asteroid 7335 1989 JA on May 26, 2022, one day before it made its closest approach with Earth.
PIA25251:
Radar Observations of Near-Earth Asteroid 7335 1989 JA
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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 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).
PIA25164:
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 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 Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a satellite of the Milky Way, containing about 30 billion stars.
PIA25162:
Large Magellanic Cloud Imaged by Herschel, Planck, IRAS, COBE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration depicts the result of a collision between two large asteroid-sized bodies. NASA's Spitzer saw a debris cloud block the star HD 166191, giving scientists details about the smashup that occurred.
PIA25161:
Planetesimal Collison Around Star HD 166191 (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-03-15 Asteroid 1440x830x3
This animation shows asteroid 2022 EB5's predicted orbit around the Sun before impacting into the Earth's atmosphere on March 11, 2022.
PIA24568:
Animation of Asteroid 2022 EB5's Orbit Before Hitting Earth's Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-02-10 Jupiter NuSTAR
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NuSTAR detected high-energy X-rays from the auroras near Jupiter's north and south poles.
PIA25131:
High-Energy X-rays Detected From Jupiter's Auroras
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-01-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Planet XO-3b has an internal source of heat which is caused by the squeezing of the planet's interior by the gravity of its parent star.
PIA24580:
Exoplanet XO-3b Illustration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-01-10 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
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These images and animation represent NASA radar observations of 4660 Nereus on December 10, 2021, before the asteroid's close approach on December 11, when it came within 2.5 million miles (4 million kilometers) of Earth.
PIA24566:
Radar Observations of Asteroid 4660 Nereus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-11-17 Asteroid Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART)
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This diagram shows the orbit of binary asteroid Didymos around the Sun.
PIA24565:
The Orbit of Asteroid Didymos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-10-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope imaged this cloud of gas and dust. The colors represent different wavelengths of infrared light and can reveal such features as places where radiation from stars had heated the surrounding material.
PIA24579:
Godzilla Nebula Imaged by Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-03 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
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This series of images captured on Aug. 22, 2021, shows asteroid 2016 AJ193 rotate as it was observed by Goldstone's 70-meter antenna. The 1.3-kilometers wide object was the 1,001st near-Earth asteroid to be measured by planetary radar since 1968.
PIA24564:
Radar Reveals the Surface of Asteroid 2016 AJ193
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-03 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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This figure represents the radar echo from asteroid 2021 PJ1 on Aug. 14, 2021. The horizontal axis represents the difference in predicted Doppler frequency and the new radar measurement.
PIA24563:
The Doppler Spike of Asteroid 2021 PJ1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-31 NEOWISE
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The dark spot in the bottom left corner of the image is a brown dwarf, nicknamed The Accident, which was discovered by citizen scientist Dan Caselden using data from NASA's NEOWISE.
PIA24578:
An Accidental Discovery
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Shown here are the Eagle, Omega, Triffid, and Lagoon Nebulae, imaged by NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope. These nebulae are part of a structure within the Milky Way's Sagittarius Arm that is poking out from the arm at a dramatic angle.
PIA24577:
Four Famous Nebulae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-17 4800x2700x3
A contingent of stars and star-forming clouds was found jutting out from the Milky Way's Sagittarius Arm. The inset shows the size of the structure and distance from the Sun.
PIA24576:
A Break in the Milky Way's Sagittarius Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-04 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The image shows galaxy Arp 148, captured by NASA's Spitzer and Hubble telescopes. Specially processed Spitzer data is shown inside the white circle, revealing infrared light from a supernova hidden by dust.
PIA24575:
Hidden Supernova Spotted by Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-09 NuSTAR
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The cosmic object SS 433 contains a bright source of X-ray light surrounded by two hemispheres of hot gas. SS 433 tilts periodically, causing one X-ray beam to point toward Earth.
PIA24574:
The Changing X-ray Brightness of SS 433 (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-11 Voyager
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Weak but nearly continuous plasma oscillation events connect stronger events in NASA's Voyager 1 Plasma Wave Subsystem data.
PIA24572:
Weak and Strong Plasma Oscillation Signals
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-21 Milky Way 3840x2160x3
Images of the Milky Way and the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) are overlaid on a map of the surrounding galactic halo. The smaller structure is a wake created by the LMC's motion through this region.
PIA24571:
Star Map of the Milky Way's Outer Halo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-07 3814x1856x3
If a planet rotates too fast it will experience bulging around its midsection, as seen in this animated illustration of a brown dwarf, Jupiter, and Saturn.
PIA24376:
Flattening of Brown Dwarf, Jupiter and Saturn (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-07 5120x2880x3
The faster a brown dwarf spins, the narrower the different-colored atmospheric bands on it likely become, as shown in this illustration.
PIA24380:
A Swiftly Rotating Brown Dwarf (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-05 Asteroid Deep Space Network
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On March 21, 2021, the large asteroid 2001 FO32 made a close approach with our planet, passing at a distance of about 1.25 million miles (2 million kilometers) — or 5 1/4 times the distance from Earth to the Moon.
PIA24561:
Goldstone Radar Observations of Asteroid 2001 FO32
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration, created in March 2021, depicts the 140-mile-wide (226-kilometer-wide) asteroid Psyche, which lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
PIA24472:
Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration, created in March 2021, depicts the 140-mile-wide (226-kilometer-wide) asteroid Psyche, which lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
PIA24471:
Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-26 Asteroid Deep Space Network
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These images of asteroid Apophis were recorded by radio antennas at the Deep Space Network's Goldstone complex in California and the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia.
PIA24168:
Radar Observations of Asteroid 99942 Apophis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-09 Sky 1200x1707x3
This photo shows the zodiacal light as it appeared on March 1, 2021, in Skull Valley, Utah.
PIA24432:
Zodiacal Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-22 6000x3500x3
Detailed measurements of the physical properties of the seven rocky TRAPPIST-1 planets and the four terrestrial planets in our solar system help scientists find similarities and differences between the two planet families.
PIA24373:
TRAPPIST-1 and Solar System Planet Stats
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-22 3840x2160x3
Three possible interiors of the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets. All seven planets have very similar densities, so they likely have a similar compositions.
PIA24372:
Possible Interiors of the TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-22 4800x2700x3
This graph presents measured properties of the seven TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets.
PIA24371:
Comparison of TRAPPIST-1 to the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-22 3840x2160x3
Scientists now know the density of the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets with a higher precision than any other planets in the universe, other than those in our own solar system.
PIA23870:
Measuring the Masses and Diameters of the TRAPPIST-1 Planets
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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 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 2020-10-01 3840x2160x3
A disk of hot material around a supermassive black hole emits a burst of visible light, which travels out to a ring of dust that subsequently emits infrared light.
PIA23866:
Echo Mapping in a Black Hole Accretion Disk and Torus (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-09 Asteroid OSIRIS-REx
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Using data collected by NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, this animation shows the trajectories of rock particles after being ejected from asteroid (101955) Bennu's surface.
PIA24101:
Asteroid Bennu's Particle Ejection Events (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-08-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows the star-forming nebula W51, one of the largest star factories in the Milky Way galaxy.
PIA23865:
Spitzer Image of Star Factory W51
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-08-18 Asteroid ZTF
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The circled streak in the center of this image is asteroid 2020 QG, which came closer to Earth than any other non-impacting asteroid on record.
PIA24038:
Asteroid 2020 QG as Seen Through ZTF Telescope
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-08-18 Asteroid 1841x1033x3
This illustration shows asteroid 2020 QG's trajectory bending during its close approach to Earth. The asteroid is the closest known non-impacting asteroid ever detected.
PIA24037:
Asteroid 2020 QG Zips Around the Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-16 NuSTAR
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This illustration shows a black hole surrounded by a disk of gas. In the left panel, a streak of debris falls toward the disk. In the right panel, the debris has dispersed some of the gas, causing the corona to disappear.
PIA23864:
Black Hole Corona's Disappearing Act (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-08 Comet NEOWISE
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Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE appears as a string of fuzzy red dots in this composite of several heat-sensitive infrared images taken by NASA's NEOWISE mission on March 27, 2020.
PIA23792:
Comet NEOWISE Discovery Images
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Asteroid Psyche
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This artist's concept depicts the asteroid Psyche, the target of NASA's Psyche mission.
PIA23876:
A Metal-Rich World (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-06-24 NuSTAR
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Neutron stars, or cores leftover from exploded stars, are some of the densest objects in the universe. There are several types of neutron stars, shown in this illustration, including magnetars and pulsars.
PIA23863:
Different Types of Neutron Stars (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This animation shows two massive black holes in the OJ 287 galaxy.
PIA23687:
Animation of Black Hole Disk Flare in OJ 287
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope took this image of the California Nebula on Jan. 25, 2020, five days before the spacecraft was decommissioned.
PIA23650:
Spitzer California Nebula Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-15 Kepler
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This graphic compares the size of Earth and Kepler-1649c, an exoplanet only 1.06 times larger than Earth by radius.
PIA23774:
Comparing the Size of Exoplanet Kepler-1649c and Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-15 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows what exoplanet Kepler-1649c could look like on its surface.
PIA23690:
Kepler Planet 1649c Surface View Artist's Concept
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-15 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows exoplanet Kepler-1649c orbiting around its host red dwarf star.
PIA23689:
Kepler Planet 1649c Artist's Illustration From Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-09 4800x2700x3
This illustration shows brown dwarfs are more massive than planets but not quite as massive as stars.
PIA23685:
What is a Brown Dwarf?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-04-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a brown dwarf, an object that is at least 13 times the mass of Jupiter but not massive enough to begin nuclear fusion in its core, which is the defining characteristic of a star.
PIA23684:
Spitzer Brown Dwarf Wind (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Tarantula Nebula in infrared light.
PIA23647:
Tarantula Nebula Spitzer 3-Color Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Tarantula Nebula in two wavelengths of infrared light, each represented by a different color.
PIA23646:
Tarantula Nebula Spitzer 2-Color Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this artist's rendering of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in space, the background is shown in infrared light.
PIA23643:
Spitzer Space Telescope (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-08 4096x2160x3
This graphic illustrates how a faraway quasar (an extremely bright region in the center of some distant galaxies) is altered by a massive foreground galaxy.
PIA23641:
Gravitational Lensing Graphic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-08 Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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Each snapshot shows four distorted images of a background quasar, surrounding the core of a massive foreground galaxy. The gravity of the foreground galaxy magnifies the quasar, an effect called gravitational lensing.
PIA23410:
Quasars' Multiple Images Shed Light on Tiny Dark Matter Clumps
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-01-07 SOFIA
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In this composite image of the Omega, or Swan, Nebula, SOFIA's view reveals evidence that parts of the nebula formed separately to create the swan-like shape seen today.
PIA23409:
SOFIA Reveals How the Swan Nebula Hatched
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows a collection of gas and dust over 500 light-years across, the Perseus Molecular Cloud, hosts an abundance of young stars.
PIA23405:
Perseus Molecular Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Peering more than 10 billion light-years into the distance, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has found tens of millions of actively feeding supermassive lack holes across the full sky.
PIA23588:
Millions of Giant Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-05 Asteroid 2532x1417x3
This animation illustrates the modeled trajectories of particles that were ejected from Bennu's surface on Jan. 19, 2019.
PIA23555:
Bennu Particles (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-05 Asteroid 535x398x3
This view of asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on Jan. 6, 2019, was created by combining two images taken by the NavCam 1 imager aboard NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
PIA23554:
Asteroid Bennu Particles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-10-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust carved out by a massive star. A drawing overlaid on the image reveals why researchers nicknamed this region the Jack-o-lantern Nebula.
PIA23403:
The Jack-o-Lantern Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-09-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a cloud of gas and dust full of bubbles, which are inflated by wind and radiation from massive young stars.
PIA23402:
Spitzer Spots Bubbles and Bow Shocks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-09-12 Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
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Comet C/2019 Q4 as imaged by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Hawaii's Big Island on Sept. 10, 2019.
PIA23462:
Comet C/2019 Q4
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-09-04 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This visible-light image of the Fireworks galaxy (NGC 6946) comes from the Digital Sky Survey, and is overlaid with data from NASA's NuSTAR observatory (in blue and green).
PIA23401:
NASA Telescope Spots Mystery in Fireworks Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-08-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's illustration of the exoplanet LHS 3844b, shows the planet's surface may be covered mostly in dark lava rock, with no apparent atmosphere, according to observations by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA23130:
Rare Glimpse of the Surface of a Rocky World (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-07-31 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows Galaxy NGC 5866, oriented almost exactly edge-on, yielding most of its structural features invisible.
PIA23129:
NASA's Spitzer Spots a Perfectly Sideways Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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A mosaic by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of the Cepheus C and Cepheus B regions. This image combines data from Spitzer's IRAC instrument only.
PIA23127:
Cepheus C and Cepheus B Region by Spitzer (One-Instrument)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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A mosaic by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of the Cepheus C and Cepheus B regions. This image combines data from Spitzer's IRAC and MIPS instruments.
PIA23126:
Cepheus C and Cepheus B Region by Spitzer (Two-Instrument)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-05-08 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 2019-04-29 Asteroid 1220x700x3
This animation shows the distance between the Apophis asteroid and Earth at the time of the asteroid's closest approach.
PIA23195:
Asteroid Apophis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-04-25 Messier 87 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The galaxy M87, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is home to a supermassive black hole that spews two jets of material out into space at nearly the speed of light.
PIA23122:
Spitzer Captures Messier 87
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows W40, a nebula, or a giant cloud of gas and dust.
PIA23121:
Space Butterfly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a long lunar transit on Mar. 6, 2019.
PIA21905:
Criss-Crossing Lunar Transit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The magnetic field lines of the the Cigar Galaxy (also called M82) appear in this composite image produced by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The lines follow the bipolar outflows (red) generated by exceptionally high rates of star formation.
PIA23010:
The Cigar Galaxy's Magnetic Field
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that the Sun has gone an entire month without any sunspots (Feb. 1-18, 2019).
PIA21218:
Spotless February Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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These three images, by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, show merging galaxies observed for the Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey, or GOALS.
PIA23009:
GOALS Merging Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image, by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows two merging galaxies known as Arp 302, also called VV 340.
PIA23008:
GOALS Merging Galaxies Arp 302
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image, by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows the merger of two galaxies, known as NGC 6786 (right) and UGC 11415 (left), also collectively called VII Zw 96.
PIA23007:
GOALS Merging Galaxies VII Zw 96
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image, by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows the merger of two galaxies, known as NGC 7752 (larger) and NGC 7753 (smaller), also collectively called Arp86.
PIA23006:
GOALS Merging Galaxies NGC 7752 & 7753
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-20 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 2019-02-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is in another eclipse season as of Feb. 6, 2019. This image shows the Earth briefly blocking SDO's view of the Sun.
PIA21213:
Spring 2019 Eclipse Season Arrives 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 newfound planet K2-288Bb is slightly smaller than Neptune.
PIA23004:
K2-288Bb (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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