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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Artist's concept of a distant hypothetical solar system, about the same age as our own.
PIA07097:
A Distant Solar System (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer's large field of view and multi-wavelength infrared sight allowed it to form this complete view of the cluster, containing dozens of bright galaxies and hundreds of smaller ones.
PIA12835:
Fornax Galaxy Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer highlights the dust that speckles the Andromeda galaxy's spiral arms. The hot dust, which is being heated by newborn stars, traces the spidery arms all the way to the center of the galaxy.
PIA12834:
The Dirt on Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer highlights the Andromeda galaxy's older stellar population in blue. A pronounced warp in the disk of the galaxy, the aftermath of a collision with another galaxy, can be seen in the spiral arm.
PIA12833:
Warped Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The immense Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31, is captured in full in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. Andromeda is the closest large galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy, and is located 2.5 million light-years from our sun.
PIA12832:
Our Neighbor Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows little 'dwarf galaxies' forming in the 'tails' of two larger galaxies that are colliding together.
PIA03605:
Dwarf Galaxies Swimming in Tidal Tails
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 Stardust
DC-8 Airborne Laboratory
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Stardust Capsule Return as seen from NASA's DC-8 Airborne Laboratory with a mission to explore the conditions during reentry from the light emitted by the fireball caused when the capsule streaked through the sky.
PIA03668:
Stardust Capsule Return
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Add Image to Favorite List 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 2006-07-21 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 2006-07-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept demonstrates how a dusty planet-forming disk can slow down a whirling young star, essentially saving the star from spinning itself to death. Evidence for this phenomenon comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08626:
Stars Can't Spin Out of Control (Artist's Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This vibrant image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our own Milky Way galaxy.
PIA07136:
Our Chaotic Neighbor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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The many 'personalities' of our great galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, are exposed in this new composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08787:
Amazing Andromeda Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have teamed up to expose the chaos that baby stars are creating 1,500 light-years away in a cosmic cloud called the Orion nebula.
PIA01322:
Chaos at the Heart of Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This is a composite image of N49, the brightest supernova remnant in optical light in the Large Magellanic Cloud; the image combines data from the Chandra X-ray Telescope (blue) and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (red).
PIA09071:
Stellar Debris in the Large Magellanic Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This is an artist's concept of a hypothetical 10-million-year-old star system. The bright blur at the center is a star much like our sun. The other orb in the image is a gas-giant planet like Jupiter.
PIA09117:
Gas Giants Form Quickly (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This diagram illustrates how astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope can capture the elusive spectra of hot-Jupiter planets. Spectra are an object's light spread apart into its basic components, or wavelengths.
PIA09196:
How to Pluck a Spectrum from a Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-09-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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This composite image shows the Coronet in X-rays from Chandra and infrared from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (orange, green, and cyan). The Spitzer data show young stars plus diffuse emission from dust.
PIA09925:
Coronet: A Star-Formation Neighbor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such quasar winds might have forged these dusty particles in the very early universe.
PIA10019:
Dust in the Quasar Wind (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept based on data from NASA's Spitzer shows the dimmest star-like bodies currently known -- twin brown dwarfs referred to as 2M 0939. The twins, which are about the same size, are drawn as if they were viewed close to one of the bodies.
PIA11447:
Not-So-Bright Bulbs (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detected a prebiotic, or potentially life-forming, molecule called hydrogen cyanide (HCN) in the planet-forming disks around yellow stars like our sun, but not in the disks around cooler, reddish stars.
PIA11979:
Cool Stars May Have Different Prebiotic Chemical Mix
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the spiral galaxy NGC 2841, located about 46 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major. The galaxy is helping astronomers solve one of the oldest puzzles in astronomy.
PIA12001:
Why Are Galaxies So Smooth?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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A star's spectacular death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D. This composite image uses data from three of NASA's Great Observatories. The Chandra X-ray, Hubble Space, and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA01320:
Dead Star Creates Celestial Havoc
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-16 Kepler
Photometer
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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 2009-11-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Are brown dwarfs born like stars, as in this rendering, or do they form like planets orbiting another star? A study by researchers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has led to the preliminary conclusion that they are formed much like a star.
PIA12376:
Dusty Beginnings of a Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Every 27 years, a bright star called Epsilon Aurigae fades over period of two years, then brightens back up again. A companion is known to be surrounded by a dusty disk, as illustrated in this artist's concept.
PIA12484:
Mystery of the Fading Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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This infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, reveals the stars and dust in this galaxy as never seen before. This nearby satellite galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy is some 200,000 light-years away.
PIA12485:
Little Galaxy Explored
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars.
PIA12959:
Cosmic Rosebud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
IRAS
MIPS
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These two data plots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show a primitive supermassive black hole (top) compared to a typical one; usually, dust tori are missing and only gas disks are observed in primitive black holes.
PIA12965:
How to Spot a Primitive Black Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-29 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
IRAC
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A composite image from NASA's Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes shows the dusty remains of a collapsed star, a supernova remnant called G54.1+0.3. The white source at the center is a dead star called a pulsar.
PIA12982:
Dusty Dead Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The image shows the Orion nebula, a happening place where stars are born.
PIA13005:
Orion's Dreamy Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-05 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This mosaic from NASA's WISE Telescope is of the Soul Nebula. It is an open cluster of stars surrounded by a cloud of dust and gas located about 6,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia, near the Heart Nebula.
PIA13014:
Soul Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A leggy cosmic creature comes out of hiding in this new infrared view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The spiral beauty, called IC 342 and sometimes the 'hidden galaxy,' is shrouded behind our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
PIA13021:
Hiding Out Behind the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-12 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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This image from ESA's Herschel Space Observatory shows of a portion of the Rosette nebula, a stellar nursery about 5,000 light-years from Earth in the Monoceros, or Unicorn, constellation.
PIA13028:
Big Babies in the Rosette Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-23 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is a view of an area of the sky over 12 times the size of the full Moon on the border of the constellations Sagittarius and Corona Australis.
PIA13064:
Star Clusters Young and Old, Near and Far
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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 2010-05-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope contributed to the infrared component of the observations of a surprisingly large collections of galaxies (red dots in center). Shorter-wavelength infrared and visible data are provided by Japan's Subaru telescope.
PIA13134:
Galactic Metropolis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-20 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The Seagull nebula, seen in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, draws its common name from it resemblance to a gull in flight.
PIA13111:
Seagull Nebula -- Running with the Big Dog
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has captured a huge mosaic of two bubbling clouds in space, known as the Heart and Soul nebulae.
PIA13112:
Heart and Soul
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its core. The black hole is shooting out jets of radio waves.
PIA13168:
Backward Black Hole Shoots Powerful Jets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This mosaic image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is located in a constellation in the southern sky, Pavo, which is Latin for peacock.
PIA13114:
NGC 6744 -- A Sibling of the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Some might see a blood-red jellyfish, while others might see a pair of lips. In fact, the red-colored object in this new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is a sphere of stellar innards.
PIA13116:
Jumbo Jellyfish or Massive Star?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope using infrared light shows what astronomers think is one of the coldest brown dwarfs discovered so far (red dot in middle of frame).
PIA13216:
Cool as a Stellar Cucumber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-28 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows the nearby galaxy M83. This is a spiral galaxy approximately 15 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra, sometimes referred to as the southern Pinwheel galaxy.
PIA13117:
Southern Pinwheel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-06 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Sending chills down the spine of all arachnophobes is the Tarantula nebula, seen in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer; the nebula is the largest star-forming region known in our entire Local Group of galaxies.
PIA13118:
WISE Spies the Tarantula Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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A dragon-shaped cloud of dust seems to fly out from a bright explosion in this infrared light image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These views have revealed that this dark cloud, called M17 SWex, is forming stars at a furious rate.
PIA13241:
The Invisible Dragon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-12 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer takes in several interesting objects in the constellation Cassiopeia which are not easily seen in visible light. The red circle visible at upper left is SN 1572, often called Tycho's Supernova.
PIA13119:
Tycho's Supernova Remnant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This star-forming region, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is dominated by the bright, young star IRAS 13481-6124; it is the first massive baby star for which astronomers could obtain a detailed look at the dusty disk closely encircling it.
PIA13276:
Massive Young Star and its Cradle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image is an all-sky infrared map consisting of data taken by previous missions: the Infrared Astronomical Satellite; NASA's Cosmic Background Explorer; and the Two-Micron All-Sky Survey.
PIA13120:
WISE Eyes the Whole Sky Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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These data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show the signatures of buckyballs in space. Buckyballs, also called C60 or buckministerfullerenes, after architect Buckminister Fuller's geodesic domes.
PIA13287:
Jiggling Soccer-Ball Molecules in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Two extremely bright stars illuminate a greenish mist in this image from the new 'GLIMPSE360' survey from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The fog is comprised of hydrogen and carbon compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
PIA13301:
Bright Lights, Green City
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image shows an outflow of gas from a new star as it jets from a space object dubbed IRAS 21078+5211. The reddish blob in its center, as picked up by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope contrasts nicely with the clouds, colored green, that surround it.
PIA13302:
A Shocking Outflow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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A star-forming region shines from the considerable distance of more than 30,000 light-years away in the upper left of this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This image is a combination of data from Spitzer and the Two Micron All Sky Survey.
PIA13303:
Beastly Stars and a Bubble
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a wispy, vast structure in the constellation Perseus with a small bubble right in its center puffed out by spasms of fresh-formed, heavyweight stars.
PIA13304:
Awash in Green and Red
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image shows the famous Pleiades cluster of stars as seen through the eyes of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer; they are what astronomers call an open cluster of stars, loosely bound to each other to eventually go their separate ways.
PIA13121:
Seven Sisters Get WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-03 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has seen a cluster of newborn stars enclosed in a cocoon of dust and gas in the constellation Camelopardalis.
PIA13123:
WISE Reveals a Hidden Star Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image of two tangled galaxies has been released by NASA's Great Observatories. The Antennae galaxies are shown in this composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA13316:
NASA's Great Observatories Witness a Galactic Spectacle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-10 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer highlights the Small Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years away. Located in the constellation Tucana, the Small Magellanic Cloud looks like a wispy cloud encircling the south celestial pole.
PIA13124:
WISE's View of a Wispy Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-11 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Hubble Space Telescope
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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Astronomers have found unexpected rings and arcs of ultraviolet light around a selection of galaxies, four of which are shown here as viewed by NASA's and the European Space Agency's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA13318:
Ultraviolet Ring Around the Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has captured a favorite observing target of amateur astronomers, Omega Centauri. This celestial cluster of stars can be found in the constellation Centaurus.
PIA13125:
Omega Centauri
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates an imminent planetary collision around a pair of double stars. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such collisions could be common around a certain type of tight double, or binary, star system.
PIA13347:
Before the Smashup (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-25 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Unicorns and roses are usually the stuff of fairy tales, but a new cosmic image taken by NASA's WISE mission shows the Rosette nebula in the constellation Monoceros, or the Unicorn.
PIA13126:
WISE Captures the Unicorn's Rose
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-09 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Galaxy Messier 74, with its spiral arms seen face-on, is in the center of this image captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, while an asteroid tracks its way across the sky.
PIA13376:
A Spiral Galaxy is Visited by a Trojan War Hero
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Nebulae are enormous clouds of dust and gas occupying the space between the stars. Simply called LBN 114.55+00.22, is seen here in an image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA13127:
A Nebula by Any Other Name
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Gripped in the claw of the constellation Scorpius sits the reflection nebula DG 129, a cloud of gas and dust that reflects light from nearby, bright stars. This infrared view of the nebula was captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA13128:
In the Grip of the Scorpion's Claw
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This series of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dark mass of gas and dust, called a core, where new stars and planets will likely spring up. This particular core lies deep within a larger dark cloud called L183.
PIA13409:
An Unexpected Scattering of Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-29 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer captured this image of a hidden star-forming cloud of dust and gas located in the constellation of Cepheus. What appears to the naked eye as the blackness of space is in fact a dark nebula.
PIA13129:
The Dark Heart of the King
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A giant star in a faraway galaxy recently ended its life with a dust-shrouded whimper instead of the more typical bang in this artist's concept based on data from Spitzer's Space Telescope.
PIA13478:
Giant Star Goes Supernova, Smothered by its own Dust (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept based on data found by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows upsilon Andromedae b, a hot gas giant that whips around its star every 4.6 days. Because it is so close to its star, it is tidally locked.
PIA13493:
Planetary Hot Spot Not Under the Glare of Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-20 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The aptly named Cocoon nebula is featured in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. This cloud of dust and gas is located in the constellation Cygnus, and is wrapped in a dark cloud of dust called Barnard 168.
PIA13441:
Cosmic Cocoon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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An infrared photo of the Small Magellanic Cloud taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is shown in this artist's illustration; an example of a planetary nebula, and a magnified depiction of buckyballs.
PIA13551:
Extragalactic Space Balls (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-27 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer captured this colorful image of the reflection nebula IRAS 12116-6001. This cloud of interstellar dust cannot be seen directly in visible light, but WISE's detectors observed the nebula at infrared wavelengths.
PIA13442:
Dark Reflections in the Southern Cross
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-02 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer has uncovered a striking population of young stellar objects in a complex of dense, dark clouds in the southern constellation of Circinus.
PIA13443:
Star Formation in the Circinus Molecular Cloud Complex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-09 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The green dot in the middle of this image might look like an emerald amidst glittering diamonds, but is a dim star belonging to a class called brown dwarfs; it is the first ultra-cool brown dwarf discovered by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA13444:
Collecting Brown Dwarfs in the Night Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A colorful creature in a starry sea stands out in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer; infrared light that has been assigned visible colors we see with our eyes. The jellyfish-looking object is actually a very close pair of dying stars.
PIA13445:
Cosmic Ocean Dweller
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image composite shows two views of a puffy, dying star, or planetary nebula, known as NGC 1514. At left is a view from a ground-based, visible-light telescope; the view on the right shows the object in infrared light from NASA's WISE telescope.
PIA13446:
A Dying Star in a Different Light
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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 2010-11-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey captured this view of a runaway star racing away from its original home. Surrounded by a glowing cloud of gas and dust, the star AE Aurigae appears on fire. Appropriately, the cloud is called the Flaming Star nebula.
PIA13447:
WISE Catches a Runaway Star in Flames
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-02 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This mosaic image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, features three nebulae that are part of the giant Orion Molecular Cloud. Included in this view are the Flame nebula, the Horsehead nebula and NGC 2023.
PIA13448:
A Flame in Orion's Belt
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-09 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This oddly colorful nebula is the supernova remnant IC 443 as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer; the Jellyfish nebula is particularly interesting because it provides a look into how stellar explosions interact with their environment.
PIA13449:
An Explosion of Infrared Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows the searing-hot gas planet WASP-12b (orange orb) and its star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope discovered that the planet has more carbon than oxygen, making it the first carbon-rich planet ever observed.
PIA13691:
Hot, Carbon-Rich Planet (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-22 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows the Lambda Centauri nebula, a star-forming cloud in our Milky Way galaxy, also known as the Running Chicken nebula.
PIA13451:
Chasing Chickens in the Lambda Centauri Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Explorer features two stunning galaxies engaged in an intergalactic dance. The galaxies, Messier 81 and Messier 82, swept by each other a few hundred million years ago.
PIA13454:
WISE Beholds a Pair of Dancing Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Maffei 2 is the poster child for an infrared galaxy that is almost invisible to optical telescopes. But this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope penetrates the dust to reveal the galaxy in all its glory.
PIA13789:
The Hidden Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The blue star near the center of this image is Zeta Ophiuchi. Zeta Ophiuchi is actually a very massive, hot, bright blue star plowing its way through a large cloud of interstellar dust and gas in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA13455:
Zeta Ophiuchi -- Runaway Star Plowing through Space Dust
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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 2011-02-01 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, shows four galaxies in the Virgo cluster: Messier 59, Messier 60, NGC 4647, and NGC 4638. It also shows the tracks of three asteroids, which appear in this image as trails of green dots.
PIA13456:
Asteroids in Virgo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a swirling landscape of stars known as the North America nebula. Clusters of young stars (about one million years old) can be found throughout the image.
PIA13843:
The Case of the Disappearing Continent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This view of the North America nebula combines both visible and infrared light observations, taken by the Digitized Sky Survey and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Clusters of young stars (about one million years old) can be found throughout the image.
PIA13845:
North America Nebula in Different Lights
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-19 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer captured this colorful image of the nebula BFS 29 surrounding the star CE-Camelopardalis, found hovering in the band of the night sky comprising the Milky Way.
PIA13459:
Supergiant Star Near Giraffe's Hind Foot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-01 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This large mosaic image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, features the wreckage of an exploded star, as well as other stars nearing the end of their lives.
PIA13885:
Beyond the Veil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This view of the Sunflower galaxy highlights a variety of infrared wavelengths captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA13900:
Spitzer's Sunflower Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infrared light from the Sunflower galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 63. Spitzer's view highlights the galaxy's dusty spiral arms.
PIA13901:
Sunflower Galaxy Glows with Infrared Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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There's something special going on in the nearby Circinus galaxy, as revealed by this image from NASA's WISE telescope. The Circinus galaxy is located in the constellation of Circinus and is obscured by the plane of our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA13942:
A Super Special Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-04 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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This image layout shows two views of the same baby star from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Spitzer's view shows that this star has a second, identical jet shooting off in the opposite direction of the first.
PIA13929:
Undercover Jet Exposed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-04 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope took this image of a baby star sprouting two identical jets (green lines emanating from fuzzy star). The left jet was hidden behind a dark cloud, which Spitzer can see through.
PIA13930:
It's Twins! Spitzer Finds Hidden Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image is a map of the portion of the sky covered by the preliminary release of WISE data. WISE surveyed the entire sky in four infrared wavelengths in 2010. This map is centered on the Milky Way galaxy.
PIA14039:
Mapping the Infrared Universe: Part 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, shows a giant nebula around Lambda Orionis, inflating Orion's head to huge proportions.
PIA14040:
Orion's Big Head Revealed in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-25 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is a little like the Vincent van Gogh of the infrared sky, providing the world with picturesque images of the cosmos by representing infrared light through color. This image is the nebula NGC 2174.
PIA14091:
The 'van Gogh' of the Infrared Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-05 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, shows three different nebulae located in the constellation of Perseus. NGC 1491 is seen on the right side of the image, SH 2-209 is on the left side and BFS 34 lies in between.
PIA14092:
Nebulae: Not as Close as They Appear
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have, for the first time, found signatures of silicate crystals around a newly forming protostar in the constellation of Orion.
PIA14100:
Cosmic Fountain of Crystal Rain
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