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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 2010-11-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Very Large Array (VLA)
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This diagram shows findings of results of observations made primarily by NASA's Spitzer Telescopes and the Very Large Array radio telescope and illuminates new details about a celestial 'sandbar' connecting two massive islands of galaxies.
PIA13638:
Bent Galactic Jets
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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 2010-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates the presence of molecules in the planet WASP-12b -- a super-hot gas giant that orbits tightly around its star.
PIA13690:
Signature of a Carbon-Rich Planet
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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 2010-12-09 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 2010-12-15 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Explorer, the mission team put together this image showing just a sample of the millions of galaxies that have been imaged by WISE during its survey of the entire sky.
PIA13450:
A Collage of Nearby Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-04 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows of one of our closest neighboring galaxies, Messier 33. Also named the Triangulum galaxy, M33 is one of largest members in our small neighborhood of galaxies -- the Local Group.
PIA13452:
WISE Spies a Galactic Neighbor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-05 Herschel Space Observatory
Infrared Telescope
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This mosaic of the Andromeda spiral galaxy highlights explosive stars in its interior, and cooler, dusty stars forming in its many rings. This is a combination of observations from the Herschel Space Observatory and the XMM-Newton telescope.
PIA13771:
Andromeda is So Hot 'n' Cold
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-10 Kepler
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Artist's concept of the first rocky world discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The planet, called Kepler 10-b, is shown in front of its host star.
PIA13776:
NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Its First Rocky Planet (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-11 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 2011-01-12 Subaru Telescope
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Astronomers have discovered a massive cluster of young galaxies forming in the distant universe. The growing galactic metropolis is known as COSMOS-AzTEC3. This image was taken Japan's Subaru telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
PIA13782:
Galactic City at the Edge of the Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to show that a 'standard candle' used to measure cosmological distances is shrinking, a finding that affects precise measurements of the age, size and expansion rate of our universe.
PIA13781:
Standard Candle in the Wind
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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 2011-02-01 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 2011-02-02 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows Kepler-11 -- the most tightly packed planetary system yet discovered.
PIA13833:
Kepler-11 Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 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
MIPS
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This visible light/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.
PIA13844:
An Extended Stellar Family
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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 2011-02-17 Herschel Space Observatory
Infrared Telescope
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A region of the sky called the 'Lockman Hole,' located in the constellation of Ursa Major, is one of the areas surveyed in infrared light by the Herschel Space Observatory.
PIA13864:
Herschel's View of 'Lockman Hole'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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On the morning of February 1, 2011, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, took its last snapshot of the sky. WISE's final picture shows thousands of stars in a patch of the Milky Way galaxy in the constellation Perseus.
PIA13458:
WISE's Last Light
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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 2011-03-04 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, captured this image of a star-forming cloud of dust and gas located in the constellation of Monoceros. Sh2-284 is relatively isolated at the very end of an outer spiral arm of our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA13904:
Pointing a Finger at Star Formation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-10 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer captured this image of the star Alpha Camelopardalis, or Alpha Cam speeding through the sky like a motorcyclist zipping through rush-hour traffic. The supergiant star Alpha Cam is the bright star in the middle.
PIA13908:
Speed-Demon Star Creates a Shock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, features a region of star birth wrapped in a blanket of dust, colored green in this infrared view.
PIA13933:
A Celestial Shamrock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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A view from the bustling center of our galactic metropolis. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope offers a fresh, infrared view of the frenzied scene at the center of our Milky Way, revealing what lies behind the dust.
PIA13932:
Stars Gather in 'Downtown' Milky Way
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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 2011-04-01 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A rich collection of colorful astronomical objects is revealed in this picturesque image of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer; the cloud is found rising above the plane of the Milky Way in the night sky.
PIA13974:
WISE Unveils a Treasure Trove of Beauty
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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 2011-04-08 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This artist's concept illustrates a young, red dwarf star surrounded by three planets. NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is helping to identify young, red dwarf stars that are close to us by detecting their ultraviolet light.
PIA13994:
Planets Under a Red Sun (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-08 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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In the Perseus spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy, opposite the galactic center, lies the nebula SH 2-235. As seen in infrared light, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer reveals SH 2-235 to be a huge star formation complex.
PIA13995:
WISE Eyes Evolution of Massive Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-13 Herschel Space Observatory
Infrared Telescope
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Dense filaments of gas in the IC5146 interstellar cloud can be seen clearly in this image taken in infrared light by the Herschel space observatory. The blue region is a stellar nursery known as the Cocoon nebula.
PIA14038:
Star-Studded Strings around Cocoon Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-14 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 2011-04-21 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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These postage-stamp images taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer are helping to solve a mystery -- why do the littlest of galaxies produce the biggest of star explosions, or supernovae?
PIA14090:
Little Galaxies Pack a Big Punch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-25 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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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 2011-05-19 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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New results from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the Anglo-Australian Telescope atop Siding Spring Mountain in Australia confirm that dark energy is a smooth, uniform force that now dominates over the effects of gravity.
PIA14094:
Dark Energy and Gravity: Yin and Yang of the Universe (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-23 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Star clusters such as the Pleiades are often considered some of the most beautiful objects in the sky. This image of the star cluster NGC 2259 is from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA14096:
Star Cluster Overshadowed by Infrared Objects
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This montage combines observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) spacecraft showing three examples of colliding galaxies from a new photo atlas of galactic 'train wrecks.'
PIA14097:
Galactic Train Wrecks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-25 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A colorful collection of galaxy specimens from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission showcases galaxies of several types, from elegant grand design spirals to more patchy flocculent spirals.
PIA14098:
The Galaxy Menagerie from WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This graphic illustrates a stellar fountain of crystal rain, beginning with a NASA Spitzer picture of the star in question, and ending with an artist's concept of what the crystal 'rain' might look like.
PIA14099:
Finding Forsterite Around a Developing Star (Artist Concept)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows what lies near the sword of the constellation Orion -- an active stellar nursery containing thousands of young stars and developing protostars. Many will turn out like our sun.
PIA14101:
Stars Adorn Orion's Sword
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-09 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Best known as a swan winging its way across the night, the constellation Cygnus is easily seen in the northern hemisphere's summertime sky. NASA's WISE telescope captured this image of a huge complex of star-forming clouds and stellar clusters.
PIA14102:
Star Formation in the Heart of the Swan
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image of the Elephant's Trunk nebula from NASA's Wide-field Survey Explorer shows clouds of dust and gas being pushed and eroded by a massive star. The bright 'trunk' of the nebula near the center is an especially dense cloud.
PIA14103:
Blowin' in the Stellar Wind
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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This glowing emerald nebula seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is named RCW 120; this region of hot gas and glowing dust can be found in the murky clouds encircled by the tail of the constellation Scorpius.
PIA14104:
In the Blackest Night, a Green Ring Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer highlights several star-forming regions. There are five distinct centers of star birth in this one image alone. The largest, brightest cloud, in the upper right is known as Gum 22.
PIA14105:
Star Formation Everywhere You Look
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope exposes the depths of this dusty nebula with its infrared vision, showing stellar infants that are lost behind dark clouds when viewed in visible light.
PIA14106:
Making a Spectacle of Star Formation in Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows how a normal spiral galaxy around our local universe (left) might have looked back in the distant universe, when astronomers think galaxies would have been filled with larger populations of hot, bright stars (right).
PIA14107:
Galaxies Near and Far (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-05 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This stellar object is called Spitzer 073425.3-465409, as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer; the cloud CG4 might be imagined as a cosmic alligator eating its way across the sky.
PIA14108:
Cosmic Alligator Eats its Way through the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-19 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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This image from ESA's Herschel Space Observatory reveals a suspected ring at the center of our galaxy is warped for reasons scientists cannot explain. The ring is twisted so that part of it rises above and below the plane of our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA14400:
The Case of the Warped Galactic Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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A large spiral galaxy dominates this view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The galaxy, often called the Pinwheel galaxy, was designated object 101 in astronomer Charles Messier's catalog of fuzzy things in the sky that are not comets.
PIA14403:
M 101: The Pinwheel Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-27 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates the first known Earth Trojan asteroid, discovered by NEOWISE, the asteroid-hunting portion of NASA's WISE mission. The asteroid is shown in gray and its extreme orbit is shown in green. Objects are not drawn to scale.
PIA14404:
Trojan Asteroid Shares Orbit with Earth (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-27 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Asteroid 2010 TK7, the first known Earth Trojan asteroid, is circled in green, in this single frame taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The majority of the other dots are stars or galaxies far beyond our solar system.
PIA14405:
A Glimmer in the Eye of WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
HIFI
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ESA's Herschel Space Observatory found oxygen molecules in a dense patch of gas and dust adjacent to star-forming regions in the Orion nebula.
PIA14406:
Oxygen No Longer Lost in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
HIFI
IRAC
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This graphic illustrates where astronomers at last found oxygen molecules in space -- near the star-forming core of the Orion nebula. The squiggly lines, or spectra, reveal the signatures of oxygen molecules, detected by ESA's Hershel Space Observatory.
PIA14407:
Oxygen in Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-23 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has uncovered the coldest brown dwarf known so far (green dot in very center of this infrared image). WISE 1828+2650 is located in the constellation Lyra. The blue dots are a mix of stars and galaxies.
PIA14721:
Reigning Title-Holder for Coldest Brown Dwarf
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows exceptionally cold, dense cloud cores seen in silhouette against the bright diffuse infrared glow of the plane of the Milky Way galaxy.
PIA14723:
Dark Murky Clouds in the Bright Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Swirling dust clouds and bright newborn stars dominate the view in this image of the Lagoon nebula from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The nebula lies in the general direction of the center of our galaxy in the constellation Sagittarius.
PIA14728:
Into the Depths of the Lagoon Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-20 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Herschel telescope, illustrates an icy planet-forming disk around a young star called TW Hydrae, located about 175 light-years away in the Hydra, or Sea Serpent, constellation.
PIA14870:
Misty Star in the Sea Serpent (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-20 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept illustrates what the flaring black hole called GX 339-4 might look like. Infrared observations from NASA's WISE reveal the best information yet on the chaotic and extreme environments of this black hole's jets.
PIA14730:
Flaring Black Hole (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception illustrates a storm of comets around a star near our own, called Eta Corvi. Evidence for this barrage comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared detectors.
PIA14739:
It's Raining Comets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
IRAC
WISE Telescope
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Infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer are combined in this image of RCW 86, the dusty remains of the oldest documented example of an exploding star, or supernova.
PIA14871:
All That Remains of Exploded Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-24 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Chandra X-ray Telescope
IRAC
WISE Telescope
XMM-Newton X-ray
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This image combines data from four different space telescopes to create a multi-wavelength view of all that remains of the oldest documented example of a supernova, called RCW 86.
PIA14872:
All Eyes on Oldest Recorded Supernova
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-26 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer observed the star-forming cloud NGC 281 in the constellation of Cassiopeia as it appears to be chomping through the cosmos, earning it the nickname the 'Pacman' nebula.
PIA14873:
Does 'Pacman' Have Teeth?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-09 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Between the claws of the dreaded scorpion imagined by the ancient Greeks lies this giant dust cloud, imaged by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The constellation of Scorpius is prominent in the summer night sky in North America.
PIA14874:
Dusty Reflections in the Scorpion's Claws
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-16 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
IRAC
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About 2,400 massive stars in the center of 30 Doradus, the Tarantula Nebula, produce intense radiation and powerful winds as they blow off material seen as infrared emission from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and X-rays from Chandra X-ray Observatory.
PIA15079:
30 Doradus: The Growing Tarantula Within
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-25 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer takes in an area of the sky in the constellation of Scorpius surrounding Jabbah (Arabic name means 'the forehead of the scorpion') which is larger than a grid of eight by eight full moons.
PIA14881:
Jabbah and Associates
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-10 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Seen as a red dusty cloud in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, Puppis A is the remnant of a supernova explosion.
PIA14884:
Ancient Supernova Revealed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the nebula nicknamed 'the Dragonfish.' This turbulent region, jam-packed with stars, is home to some of the most luminous massive stars in our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA14885:
Dragonfish Coming At You in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-21 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Spizter Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Hubble telescope shows one of the most distant galaxies known, called GN-108036, dating back to 750 million years after the Big Bang that created our universe. The galaxy's light took 12.9 billion years to reach us.
PIA15251:
Distant Galaxy Bursts with Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-22 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission presents the 'Wreath nebula.' The nebula's official name is Barnard 3, or IRAS Ring G159.6-18.5. Regions similar to this nebula are found near the band of the Milky Way galaxy in the night sky.
PIA15252:
A Cosmic Wreath
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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A bubbling cauldron of star birth is highlighted in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Massive stars have blown bubbles, or cavities, in the dust and gas -- a violent process that triggers both the death and birth of stars.
PIA15253:
Stars Brewing in Cygnus X
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-10 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
SPIRE
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This image shows the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light as seen by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The brightest center-left region is called 30 Doradus, or the Tarantula Nebula.
PIA15254:
Dusty Space Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-10 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
SPIRE
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In combined data from ESA's Herschel and NASA's Spitzer telescopes, irregular distribution of dust in the Small Magellanic Cloud becomes clear. A stream of dust extends to left, known as the galaxy's 'wing,' and a bar of star formation appears to right.
PIA15255:
A Dwarf Galaxy's Star Bar and Dusty Wing
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-10 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This enormous section of the Milky Way galaxy is a mosaic of images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The constellations Cassiopeia and Cepheus are featured in this 1,000-square degree expanse.
PIA15256:
A Royal Celebration
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-11 Kepler
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This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes, depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system -- so compact, in fact, that it's more like Jupiter and its moons than a star and its planets.
PIA15257:
Mini Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes recently discovered the three smallest exoplanets known to circle another star, called KOI-961.01, KOI-961.02 and KOI-961.03.
PIA15258:
Sizing Up Exoplanets
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This artist's conception compares the KOI-961 planetary system to Jupiter and the largest four of its many moons. The KOI-961 planetary system hosts the three smallest planets known to orbit a star beyond our sun.
PIA15259:
'Honey I Shrunk the Planetary System' (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-18 Herschel Space Observatory
XMM-Newton
PACS
SPIRE
XMM-Newton X-ray
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This image of the Eagle nebula shows the self-emission of the intensely cold nebula's gas and dust as never seen before; the nebula's intricate tendril nature, with vast cavities forms an almost cave-like surrounding to the famous pillars.
PIA15260:
Herschel Sees Through Ghostly Pillars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-13 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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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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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 2012-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the solid form of buckyballs in space for the first time. To form a solid particle, the buckyballs must stack together, as illustrated in this artist's concept showing the very beginnings of the process.
PIA15266:
Building a Buckyball Particle in Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-29 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Herschel Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and ESA's Herschel mission combined to show this view of the Orion nebula, found below the three belt stars in the famous constellation of Orion the Hunter, highlights fledgling stars hidden in the gas and clouds.
PIA13959:
Orion's Rainbow of Infrared Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
GLIMPSE
MIPSGAL
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A team of volunteers from the general public has pored over observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and discovered more than 5,000 'bubbles' in the disk of our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA15412:
Finding Bubbles in the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This nebula, which is in the constellation of Scutum, has no common name since it is hidden behind dust clouds. It takes an infrared telescope like NASA's Spitzer to see through this dark veil and reveal this spectacular hidden nebula.
PIA15413:
An Audience Favorite Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Listed as Cassiopeia A, this remnant of the supernova is one of the brightest radio sources in the known universe. More recently, NASA's WISE telescope detected infrared echoes of the flash of light rippling outwards from the supernova.
PIA15480:
Echoes of a Stellar Ending
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This is a mosaic of the images covering the entire sky as observed by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), part of its All-Sky Data Release. In this mosaic, the Milky Way Galaxy runs horizontally across the map.
PIA15481:
Mapping the Infrared Universe: The Entire WISE Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This mosaic of images covering the entire sky was observed by NASA's WISE telescope and is part of its All-Sky Data Release. The projection used in this image of the sky is called an 'equirectangular.'
PIA15482:
Mapping the Infrared Universe: The Entire WISE Sky -- Rectangular Format
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-16 Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's sharp view was used to look for gravitational arcs and rings which are produced when one galaxy acts as a lens to magnify and distort the appearance of another galaxy behind it.
PIA15418:
Quasar Lenses
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