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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-17 Barnard 30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars 'hatching' in the head of the hunter constellation, Orion.
PIA09412:
Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-11-30 Black Hole 925x1197x3
This graphic shows the computer simulation of a black hole from start to finish. Plasma is falling slowly toward the black hole in a (at the upper left). The plasma has a magnetic field, shown by the white lines.
PIA04206:
Black Hole Simulation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-11-03 Borrelly Deep Space 1 (DS1)
Miniature Integrated Camera Spectrometer
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The solid nucleus of comet Borrelly is barely resolved in this image from NASA's Deep Space 1, enhanced to reveal the highly collimated dust extending towards the bottom left corner of the picture.
PIA03506:
Early Close Image of Comet Borrelly
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-04 Carina Dawn
Framing Camera
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This view in the southern constellation Carina was acquired on December 13, 2007 as part of the characterization tests of the Framing Camera. The cluster of stars in the center is NGC 3532, and the nebula in the lower right is the Eta Carina Nebula.
PIA12067:
Dawn's Framing Camera Views Carina
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-06 Carina Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This infrared snapshot of a region in the constellation Carina near the Milky Way was taken shortly after NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer ejected its cover. The 'first-lighy' picture shows thousands of stars and covers an area three times the s
PIA12486:
WISE 'First-Light' Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-30 Carina Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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These false-color image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the 'South Pillar' region of the star-forming region called the Carina Nebula.
PIA03515:
All Pillars Point to Eta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Carina Nebula Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Wide Angle
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft briefly turned its gaze from Saturn and its rings and moons to marvel at the Carina Nebula, a brilliant region 8,000 light years from our solar system and more than 200 light years across.
PIA07773:
Cassini's Galactic Aspirations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-11 Cartwheel Galaxy Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
GALEX Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Visible Light
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This false-color composite image shows the Cartwheel galaxy as seen by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, where the first ripple appears as an ultraviolet-bright blue outer ring.
PIA03296:
A Stellar Ripple
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-06 Cassiopeia Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This mosaic of images from NASA's WISE Telescope is in the constellation of Cassiopeia. This region contains a large star forming nebula within the Milky Way Galaxy, sometimes called the Heart Nebula, and is over 6 thousand light-years from Earth.
PIA12865:
Maffei 1 and 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-10 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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This Spitzer Space Telescope composite shows the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (white ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (gray, orange and blue). It consists of two processed images taken one year apart.
PIA03517:
Dead Star Rumbles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-10 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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These images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken one year apart, show the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (yellow ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (reddish orange).
PIA03518:
A Year in the Life of an Infrared Echo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-10 Cassiopeia A Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color image from three of NASA's Great Observatories provides one example of a star that died in a fiery supernova blast. Called Cassiopeia A, this supernova remnant is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.
PIA03519:
Cassiopeia A: Death Becomes Her Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-26 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist concept shows that NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that this star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A, exploded with some degree of order, preserving chunks of its onion-like layers as it blasted apart.
PIA01901:
Once an Onion, Always an Onion (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-26 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows the explosion of a massive star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that the star exploded with some degree of order.
PIA01902:
Order Amidst Chaos of Star's Explosion (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-26 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the scattered remains of an exploded star named Cassiopeia A. Spitzer's infrared detectors 'picked' through these remains and found that much of the star's original layering had been preserved.
PIA01903:
Lighting up a Dead Star's Layers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope used its infrared camera to image this beautiful bulb which might look like a Christmas ornament but is the blown-out remains of a stellar explosion, or supernova.
PIA10206:
Cosmic Ornament of Gas and Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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The elements and molecules that flew out of the Cassiopeia A star when it exploded about 300 years ago can be seen clearly for the first time in this plot of data, called a spectrum, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10207:
Dissecting the Wake of a Supernova Explosion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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A seething cauldron of light appears to bubble and ooze around the remains of a giant star that astronomers have been watching tear itself apart for the last 300 years. Different observations taken over three years by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10724:
Cauldron of Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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This composite image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the remnant of a star that exploded, called Cassiopeia A (center) and its surrounding 'light echoes' -- dances of light through dusty clouds, created when stars blast apart.
PIA10725:
Dance of the Light Echoes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-01 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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The Cassiopeia A supernova's first flash of radiation makes six clumps of dust (circled in annotated version) unusually hot. The supernova remnant is the large white ball in the center. This infrared picture was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA11213:
Supernova Flashback
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-06 Cassiopeia A Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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For the first time, a multiwavelength three-dimensional reconstruction of a supernova remnant has been created. This visualization of Cassiopeia A, or Cas A, the result of an explosion approximately 330 years ago, uses data from several NASA telescopes.
PIA11748:
Supernova Remnant in 3-D Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-07 Cassiopeia A NuSTAR
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This new view of the historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, located 11,000 light-years away, was taken by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. While the star is long dead, its remains are still bursting with action.
PIA16606:
Sizzling Remains of a Dead Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-01 Centaurus A Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows in unprecedented detail the galaxy Centaurus A's last big meal: a spiral galaxy seemingly twisted into a parallelogram-shaped structure of dust.
PIA06007:
The Making of a Galactic Parallelogram
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-12 Cepheus Spitzer Space Telescope
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A cluster of newborn stars herald their birth in this interstellar Valentine's Day commemorative picture obtained with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These bright young stars are found in a rosebud-shaped (and rose-colored) nebulosity known as NGC 7129.
PIA05266:
Spitzer Telescope Sends Rose for Valentine's Day
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-04 Cepheus Dawn
Framing Camera
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A star field in the constellation Cepheus is a composite of two 600-second exposures by the Framing Camera acquired during tests on December 3, 2007.
PIA12066:
Star Field in the Constellation Cepheus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-12 Cepheus B Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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This composite image, combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Spitzer Space Telescope shows the star-forming cloud Cepheus B, located in our Milky Way galaxy about 2,400 light years from Earth.
PIA12169:
Trigger-Happy Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-06 CL0958+4702 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted a four-way collision, or merger, in a giant cluster of galaxies, called CL0958+4702, located nearly five billion light-years away.
PIA09955:
Fearsome Foursome
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-06 CL0958+4702 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical planet around a star tossed out of an ongoing four-way collision between big galaxies.
PIA09956:
Fantastic Four Galaxies with Planet (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-06 CL0958+4702 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates one of the largest smash-ups of galaxies ever observed. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted the four galaxies shown here (yellow blobs) in the process of tangling and ultimately merging into a single gargantuan galaxy.
PIA09957:
Galactic Pile-Up (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Coma cluster Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Atlas Image mosaic, covering 34' x 34' on the sky, of the Coma cluster, aka Abell 1656. This is a particularly rich cluster of individual galaxies (over 1000 members), most prominently the two giant ellipticals, NGC 4874 (right) and NGC 4889 (left).
PIA04210:
Coma cluster of galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-01 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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During its one-year mission, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, mapped the entire sky in infrared light. Among the multitudes of astronomical bodies that have been discovered by the NEOWISE portion of the WISE mission are 20 comets.
PIA13457:
Comets WISE -- A Family Portrait
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-07 Comet Kepler
Rosetta
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NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft observed the comet during the final month of the Rosetta mission, while the comet was not visible from Earth. This is a frame from an animation composed of images from Kepler of the comet.
PIA21072:
Comet 67P Seen by Kepler Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-01 Crab Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
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The Crab Nebula is one of the most intricately structured and highly dynamical objects ever observed. The new Hubble image of the Crab was assembled from 24 individual exposures taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA03606:
Most Detailed Image of the Crab Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-16 CW Leo Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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A runaway star, called CW Leo, plowing through the depths of space and piling up interstellar material before it, can be seen in this ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA15417:
CW Leo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-13 Cygnus W. M. Keck Observatory
Keck I Telescope
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This frame from an artist's animation shows the view from a hypothetical moon in orbit around the first known planet to reside in a tight-knit triple-star system. HD 188553 Ab is a gas giant planet, about 1.14 times the mass of Jupiter.
PIA03520:
Land of Three Suns (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-13 Cygnus W. M. Keck Observatory
Keck I Telescope
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This frame from an artist's animation shows the clockwork-like orbits of a triple-star system called HD 188753, which was discovered to harbor a gas giant, or 'hot Jupiter,' planet.
PIA03521:
Circus Family of Stars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-11 Cygnus-X Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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This new view of the Cygnus-X star-formation region by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory highlights chaotic networks of dust and gas that point to sites of massive star formation.
PIA15626:
Cygnus-X: The Cool Swan Glowing in Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Doradus Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
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A panoramic view of a vast, sculpted area of gas and dust where thousands of stars are being born has been captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04200:
Doradus Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-02-11 Dumbbell Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
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An aging star's last hurrah creates a flurry of glowing knots of gas that appear to be streaking through space. This closeup image of the Dumbbell Nebula was taken by the JPL-built and designed WFC3 camera, onboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04249:
Close-up of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-30 Edge-on Galaxy ESO 510 G13 Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has imaged an unusual edge-on galaxy, revealing remarkable details of its warped dusty disc and showing how colliding galaxies trigger the birth of new stars.
PIA04213:
Edge-on Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-11 Encke Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the comet Encke riding along its pebbly trail of debris (long diagonal line) between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
PIA07222:
Riding a Trail of Debris
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-27 Epsilon Eridani Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows the closest known planetary system to our own, called Epsilon Eridani. Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the system hosts two asteroid belts.
PIA11375:
Double the Rubble (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-27 Epsilon Eridani Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's diagram based on observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope compares the Epsilon Eridani system to our own solar system. The two systems are structure
PIA11376:
Young Solar System in the Making (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-10 Exoplanet 4200x2363x3
Researchers have detected the first 'exomoon' candidate -- a moon orbiting a planet that lies outside our solar system. Using a technique called 'microlensing,' they observed what could be either a moon and a planet -- or a planet and a star.
PIA17998:
Moon or Planet? The 'Exomoon Hunt' Continues (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-11 G29-38 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrometer (IRS)
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This artist's concept illustrates a comet being torn to shreds around a dead star, or white dwarf, called G29-38. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a cloud of dust around this white dwarf that may have been generated from comet disruption.
PIA03652:
Comet 'Bites the Dust' Around Dead Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Galaxy NGC 1512 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Faint Object Camera
Near Infrared Camera
Multi-Object Spectrometer
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A rainbow of colors is captured in the center of a magnificent barred spiral galaxy, as witnessed by the three cameras of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04219:
Galaxy NGC 1512
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-03 Galaxy NGC 1850 Hubble Space Telescope
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By spying on a neighboring galaxy, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of a young, globular-like star cluster—a type of object unknown in our Milky Way Galaxy.
PIA04221:
Galaxy NGC 1850
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Galaxy NGC 3079 Hubble Space Telescope
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A lumpy bubble of hot gas rises from a cauldron of glowing matter in a distant galaxy, as seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04208:
Galaxy NGC 3079
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Galaxy NGC 3079 Hubble Space Telescope
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A lumpy bubble of hot gas rises from a cauldron of glowing matter in a distant galaxy, as seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04209:
Galaxy NGC 3079
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-07 Galaxy NGC 3310 Hubble Space Telescope
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Scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are studying the colors of star clusters to determine the age and history of starburst galaxies, a technique somewhat similar to the process of learning the age of a tree by counting its rings.
PIA04229:
Starburst Galaxy NGC 3310
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-15 Galaxy NGC 4013 Hubble Space Telescope
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An amazing 'edge-on' view of a spiral galaxy 55 million light years from Earth has been captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The image reveals in great detail huge clouds of dust and gas extending along and above the galaxy's main disk.
PIA04217:
Galaxy NGC 4013
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Galaxy NGC 4622 Hubble Space Telescope
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Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found a spiral galaxy that may rotate in the opposite direction from what was expected.
PIA04224:
Backwards Spiral Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-01 Ganymede 3300x2550x3
This artist's concept of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system, illustrates the 'club sandwich' model of its interior oceans. Scientists suspect Ganymede has a massive ocean under an icy crust.
PIA18005:
Possible "Moonwich" of Ice and Oceans on Ganymede (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-05 GD 40 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescopes shows that asteroid dust around a dead 'white dwarf' star contains silicates -- a common mineral on Earth.
PIA11736:
Silicates in Alien Asteroids
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-03 Ghost Head Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
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Looking like a colorful holiday card, a new image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals a vibrant green and red nebula far from Earth.
PIA04226:
Ghost Head Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-31 GJ 3685A Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image taken by NASA'S Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows one of the largest flares, or star eruptions, ever recorded at ultraviolet wavelengths. This star is called GJ 3685A.
PIA07249:
Dwarf Star Erupts in Giant Flare Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Globular cluster M22 Hubble Space Telescope
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Scientists are mystified by what may be unexpected, wandering, planet-sized objects.
This image taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope implies the presence of these objects.
PIA04202:
Globular Cluster M22
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Globular cluster M4 Hubble Space Telescope
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Peering deep inside a cluster of several hundred thousand stars, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered the oldest burned-out stars in our Milky Way Galaxy, giving astronomers a fresh reading on the age of the universe.
PIA04231:
White Dwarf Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 HD 141569 W. M. Keck Observatory
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This image shows the dusty disk of planetary material surrounding the young star HD 141569, located 380 light-years away from Earth.
PIA21090:
Young Star HD 141569
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 149026b Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a 'hot Jupiter' called HD 149026b, is about 3 times hotter than the rocky surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system.
PIA09378:
Blacker than Black (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-10 HD 172555 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the size of Mercury. NASA's Spitzer found evidence that a high-speed collision of this sort occurred a few thousand years ago around a young star.
PIA12166:
Planetary Demolition Derby (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-03 HD 189733 1088x745x3
This artist concept shows the planetary system called HD 189733, located 63 light-years away in the constellation Velpecula.
PIA12505:
Probing Exoplanets From the Ground (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image shows the first-ever map of the surface of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. Showing temperature variations across the cloudy tops of a gas giant called HD 189733b, the infrared data is taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09376:
First Map of Alien World (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
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Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were able to create the first-ever map of the surface of a planet beyond our solar system. The planet, a hot and cloudy gas giant is called HD 189733b.
PIA09377:
How to Map a Very Faraway Planet (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-11 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that a toasty gas exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system, contains water vapor.
PIA09715:
Exoplanet Forecast: Hot and Wet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-03-27 HD 189733b Hubble Space Telescope
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A team of astronomers has made the first detection ever of an organic molecule in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting another star. The breakthrough was made with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10363:
Astronomers Detect First Organic Molecule on an Exoplanet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-03-27 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's impression shows a gas-giant exoplanet transiting across the face of its star. Infrared analysis by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of this type of system provided the breakthrough.
PIA10364:
NASA's Spitzer Finds Water Vapor on Hot, Alien Planet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-20 HD 69830 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope demonstrates that the dust around a nearby star called HD 69830 (upper line) has a very similar composition to that of Comet Hale-Bopp.
PIA07852:
Super-Comet or Big Asteroid Belt?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-20 HD 69830 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star system with an asteroid belt 25 times as massive as the one in our own solar system.
PIA07853:
Alien Asteroid Belt Compared to our Own (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-20 HD 69830 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Evidence for this possible belt was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope when it spotted warm dust around the star, presumably from asteroids smashing together. This is an artist's concept.
PIA07854:
Band of Rubble (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-07-23 HD339457 Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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These five images of single stars, taken at different times with the narrow-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft, show the effects of haze collecting on the camera's optics, then successful removal of the haze by warming treatments.
PIA03477:
Reconditioning of Cassini Narrow-Angle Camera
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 Helix Nebula Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the planetary nebula NGC 7293 also known as the Helix Nebula.
PIA07902:
Planetary Nebula NGC 7293 also Known as the Helix Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-09 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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The Helix nebula exhibits complex structure on the smallest visible scales. It is composed of gaseous shells and disks puffed out by a dying sun-like star.
PIA03294:
The Infrared Helix
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-19 Helix Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
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Six hundred and fifty light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, a dead star about the size of Earth, is refusing to fade away peacefully. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes have captured the complex structure of the Helix nebula.
PIA03678:
The Mark of a Dying Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-12 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.
PIA09178:
Comets Kick up Dust in Helix Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-24 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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An expanded image of the Helix nebula lends a festive touch to the fourth anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09962:
Spitzer Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with Celestial Fireworks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-10 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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The 'Dumbbell nebula,' also known as Messier 27, pumps out infrared light in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Planetary nebulae are now known to be the remains of stars that once looked a lot like our sun.
PIA14417:
Weighing in on the Dumbbell Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-16 Helix Nebula Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NGC 7293, better known as the Helix nebula, displays its ultraviolet glow courtesy of NASA's GALEX. The Helix is the nearest example of a planetary nebula, which is the eventual fate of a star, like our own Sun, as it approaches the end of its life.
PIA15658:
NGC 7293, the Helix Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-02 Helix Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
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This image of the Helix Nebula from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a fine web of filamentary 'bicycle-spoke' features embedded in the colorful red and blue gas ring, which is one of the nearest planetary nebulae to Earth.
PIA18164:
Iridescent Glory of Nearby Helix Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-08 HH 46/47 Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this processed Spitzer Space Telescope image, baby star HH 46/47 can be seen blowing two massive 'bubbles.' The star is 1,140 light-years away from Earth.
PIA10111:
Bubbly Little Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 HIP 79124 B W. M. Keck Observatory
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This image shows brown dwarf HIP 79124 B, located 23 times as far from its host star as Earth is from the sun.
PIA21417:
Brown Dwarf HIP 79124 B
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Horsehead Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
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Rising from a sea of dust and gas like a giant seahorse, the Horsehead nebula is one of the most photographed objects in the sky. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took a close-up look at this heavenly icon, revealing the cloud's intricate structure.
PIA04215:
Horsehead Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-04 HR 8799 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this infrared image of a giant halo of very fine dust around the young star HR 8799, located 129 light-years away in the constellation Pegasus.
PIA12336:
A Picture of Unsettled Planetary Youth
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-10 Hubble -V Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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Resembling curling flames from a campfire, a magnificent nebula in a nearby galaxy observed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope provides new insight into the fierce birth of stars as it may have occurred in the early universe.
PIA04222:
Hubble-V
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-27 HUDF-JD2 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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This image demonstrates how data from two of NASA's Great Observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes, are used to identify one of the most distant galaxies ever seen. This galaxy is named named HUDF-JD2.
PIA03542:
Big Galaxy in Baby Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 IC 1613 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This ultraviolet image (left) and visual image (right) from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the irregular dwarf galaxy IC 1613.
PIA07911:
Irregular Dwarf Galaxy IC 1613
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-20 IC 342 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Looking like a spider's web swirled into a spiral, galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this infrared light image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA14401:
Spider Web of Stars in IC 342A
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-20 IC 342 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Looking like a spider's web swirled into a spiral, galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this infrared light image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The very center glows especially brightly in the infrared.
PIA14402:
A Twisted Star-Forming Web in the Galaxy IC 342
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-07 IC 3639 NuSTAR
Hubble Space Telescope
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IC 3639, a galaxy with an active galactic nucleus, is seen in this image combining data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory.
PIA21087:
Galaxy IC 3639 with Obscured Active Galactic Nucleus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-20 IRS 46 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that some of the most basic ingredients of DNA and protein are concentrated in a dusty planet-forming disk circling a young sun-like star called IRS 46.
PIA03242:
Life's Starting Materials Found in Dusty Disk
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-20 IRS 46 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates a solar system that is a much younger version of our own. Dusty disks, like the one shown here circling the star, are thought to be the breeding grounds of planets, including rocky ones like Earth.
PIA03243:
Portrait of Our Dusty Past (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-06-05 KELT-9b 5120x2880x3
This artist's concept shows planet KELT-9b orbiting its host star, KELT-9. It is the hottest gas giant planet discovered so far.
PIA21472:
Hottest Hot Jupiter Animation (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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This chart compares the first Earth-size planets found around a sun-like star to planets in our own solar system, Earth and Venus. NASA's Kepler mission discovered the newfound planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f.
PIA14886:
Earth-class Planets Line Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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This artist's concept flies through the Kepler-20 star system, where NASA's Kepler mission discovered the first Earth-size planets around a star beyond our own. The system is jam-packed with five planets.
PIA14887:
An Unusual Planetary System (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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Kepler-20e is the first planet smaller than the Earth discovered to orbit a star other than the sun. A year on Kepler-20e only lasts 6 days, as it is much closer to its host star than the Earth is to the sun.
PIA14888:
Kepler-20e -- The Smallest Exoplanet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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Kepler-20f is the closest object to the Earth in terms of size ever discovered. With an orbital period of 20 days and a surface temperature of 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 degrees Celsius), it is too hot to host life, as we know it.
PIA14889:
Kepler-20f -- An Earth-size World (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-29 Kuiper Belt 2100x1995x3
These artist's concepts show some of the best known objects found outside Neptune's orbit. Included are Pluto and fellow plutinos, Kuiper Belt Objects, and an Oort Cloud object.
PIA17308:
Transneptunian Object Sizes (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-19 Kuiper Belt Object New Horizons
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This frame from an animation shows a Kuiper Belt object know as 2014 MU69, as seen by NASA's New Horizons.
PIA21865:
Wink of a Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-29 L1157 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A rare, infrared view of a developing star and its flaring jets taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows us what our own solar system might have looked like billions of years ago.
PIA10119:
Baby Picture of our Solar System Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-26 M11 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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On April 7, 2005, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft's Impactor Target Sensor camera recorded this image of M11, the Wild Duck cluster, a galactic open cluster located 6 thousand light years away.
PIA07878:
Wild Duck Cluster
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