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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-16 NuSTAR
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This illustration shows a black hole surrounded by a disk of gas. In the left panel, a streak of debris falls toward the disk. In the right panel, the debris has dispersed some of the gas, causing the corona to disappear.
PIA23864:
Black Hole Corona's Disappearing Act (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-08-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows the star-forming nebula W51, one of the largest star factories in the Milky Way galaxy.
PIA23865:
Spitzer Image of Star Factory W51
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-10-01 3840x2160x3
A disk of hot material around a supermassive black hole emits a burst of visible light, which travels out to a ring of dust that subsequently emits infrared light.
PIA23866:
Echo Mapping in a Black Hole Accretion Disk and Torus (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-18 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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The Blue Ring Nebula consists of two expanding cones of gas ejected into space by a stellar merger. As the gas cools, it forms hydrogen molecules that collide with particles in interstellar space, causing them to radiate far-ultraviolet light.
PIA23867:
The Blue Ring Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-11-18 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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The Blue Ring Nebula consists of two expanding cones of debris. The base of one cone is moving toward Earth. Both bases are outlined in magenta, revealing shockwaves created as the debris races through space.
PIA23868:
Geometry of the Blue Ring Nebula (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-22 3840x2160x3
Scientists now know the density of the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets with a higher precision than any other planets in the universe, other than those in our own solar system.
PIA23870:
Measuring the Masses and Diameters of the TRAPPIST-1 Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-22 4800x2700x3
This graph presents measured properties of the seven TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets.
PIA24371:
Comparison of TRAPPIST-1 to the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-22 3840x2160x3
Three possible interiors of the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets. All seven planets have very similar densities, so they likely have a similar compositions.
PIA24372:
Possible Interiors of the TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanets
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Detailed measurements of the physical properties of the seven rocky TRAPPIST-1 planets and the four terrestrial planets in our solar system help scientists find similarities and differences between the two planet families.
PIA24373:
TRAPPIST-1 and Solar System Planet Stats
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-07 5120x2880x3
The faster a brown dwarf spins, the narrower the different-colored atmospheric bands on it likely become, as shown in this illustration.
PIA24380:
A Swiftly Rotating Brown Dwarf (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-07 3814x1856x3
If a planet rotates too fast it will experience bulging around its midsection, as seen in this animated illustration of a brown dwarf, Jupiter, and Saturn.
PIA24376:
Flattening of Brown Dwarf, Jupiter and Saturn (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-05-11 Voyager
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Weak but nearly continuous plasma oscillation events connect stronger events in NASA's Voyager 1 Plasma Wave Subsystem data.
PIA24572:
Weak and Strong Plasma Oscillation Signals
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-09 NuSTAR
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The cosmic object SS 433 contains a bright source of X-ray light surrounded by two hemispheres of hot gas. SS 433 tilts periodically, causing one X-ray beam to point toward Earth.
PIA24574:
The Changing X-ray Brightness of SS 433 (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-04 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The image shows galaxy Arp 148, captured by NASA's Spitzer and Hubble telescopes. Specially processed Spitzer data is shown inside the white circle, revealing infrared light from a supernova hidden by dust.
PIA24575:
Hidden Supernova Spotted by Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-17 4800x2700x3
A contingent of stars and star-forming clouds was found jutting out from the Milky Way's Sagittarius Arm. The inset shows the size of the structure and distance from the Sun.
PIA24576:
A Break in the Milky Way's Sagittarius Arm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Shown here are the Eagle, Omega, Triffid, and Lagoon Nebulae, imaged by NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope. These nebulae are part of a structure within the Milky Way's Sagittarius Arm that is poking out from the arm at a dramatic angle.
PIA24577:
Four Famous Nebulae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-08-31 NEOWISE
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The dark spot in the bottom left corner of the image is a brown dwarf, nicknamed The Accident, which was discovered by citizen scientist Dan Caselden using data from NASA's NEOWISE.
PIA24578:
An Accidental Discovery
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Aitoff projection of the three-color composite JHKs source count map of the entire sky, based on 95,851,173 stars with Ks 13.5. What appears most prominently are the Galactic plane and the Galactic bulge.
PIA04203:
Entire Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The Tadpole galaxy is the result of a recent galactic interaction in the local universe. These spectacular images were taken by NASA's Spitzer Wide-area Infrared Extragalactic (SWIRE) Legacy project.
PIA03543:
A SWIRE Picture is Worth Billions of Years
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Two large elliptical galaxies, NGC 4889 and NGC 4874 are shown in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09561:
Dwarfs in Coma Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-08-08 1989N2 Voyager
VG ISS - Narrow Angle
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These NASA Voyager 2 images of satellite 1989N2 at a resolution of 4.2 kilometers (2.6 miles) per pixel reveal it to be and irregularly shaped, dark object.
PIA02206:
Satellite 1989N2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-04 2014 MU69 New Horizons
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This is one artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons mission.
PIA21867:
A Kuiper Belt Pair? Artist's Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Binary Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-04 2014 MU69 New Horizons
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Artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, which is the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons mission.
PIA21868:
Artist's Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Single Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-04 2014 MU69 New Horizons
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This artist's impression is of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69, a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, on Jan. 1, 2019.
PIA22190:
New Horizons Encountering 2014 MU69 (Artist's Impression)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-29 55 Cancri 3000x2400x3
Artist's concept compares a hypothetical solar system centered around a tiny 'sun' to a known solar system centered around a star 55 Cancri.
PIA03604:
Itsy Bitsy Solar System (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-06 55 Cancri PlanetQuest
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This plot tells astronomers that a fifth planet is in orbit around the star 55 Cancri, making the star the record-holder for hosting the most known exoplanets.
PIA10106:
Wave of a Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-06 55 Cancri PlanetQuest
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This artist's concept illustrates two planetary systems -- 55 Cancri (top) and our own. Blue lines show the orbits of planets, including the dwarf planet Pluto in our solar system.
PIA10107:
Our Solar System's Cousin? (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-06 55 Cancri PlanetQuest
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This artist's concept shows four of the five planets that orbit 55 Cancri, a star much like our own. The most recently discovered planet, and the fourth out from the star, looms large in the foreground.
PIA10108:
Plentiful Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-06 55 Cancri PlanetQuest
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This artist's concept takes us on a journey to 55 Cancri, a star with a family of five known planets - the most planets discovered so far around a star besides our own.
PIA10109:
Journey to a Star Rich with Planets (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-02-12 Abell 1689 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
NICMOS
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A massive cluster of yellowish galaxies is seemingly caught in a spider web of eerily distorted background galaxies in the left-hand image, taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10237:
Astronomers Uncover One of the Youngest and Brightest Galaxies in the Early Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-01-25 Abell 1763 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that filamentary galaxies form stars at twice the rate of their densely clustered counterparts. This is a representation of galaxies in and surrounding a galaxy cluster called Abell 1763.
PIA10227:
Celestial Cities and the Roads That Connect Them
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-28 Abell 2744 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, also called Pandora's Cluster, was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The gravity of this galaxy cluster is strong enough that it acts as a lens to magnify images of more distant background galaxies.
PIA20920:
'Pandora's Cluster' Seen by Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Altair Palomar Testbed Interferometer
Palomar Testbed Interferometer
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Altair, a star spinning so fast its mid-section is stretched out has been directly measured by an ultra-high-resolution NASA telescope system on Palomar Mountain near San Diego.
PIA04204:
Altair
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-03 AMS08 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
Very Large Array (VLA)
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This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a distant galaxy (yellow) that houses a quasar, a super-massive black hole circled by a ring, or torus, of gas and dust.
PIA08001:
Gorilla Black Hole in the Mist
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-10 Ant nebula Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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This image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope image of a celestial object called the Ant Nebula may shed new light on the future demise of our Sun.
PIA04216:
Ant Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-09 Antennae or Ring Tail galaxies Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
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Atlas Image mosaic, covering 7' x 7' on the sky of the interacting galaxies NGC 4038 and NGC 4039, better known as the Antennae, or Ring Tail galaxies. The two galaxies are engaged in a tug-of-war as they collide.
PIA04205:
Antennae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-04-29 Asteroid 1220x700x3
This animation shows the distance between the Apophis asteroid and Earth at the time of the asteroid's closest approach.
PIA23195:
Asteroid Apophis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-05 Asteroid 535x398x3
This view of asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on Jan. 6, 2019, was created by combining two images taken by the NavCam 1 imager aboard NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
PIA23554:
Asteroid Bennu Particles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-12-05 Asteroid 2532x1417x3
This animation illustrates the modeled trajectories of particles that were ejected from Bennu's surface on Jan. 19, 2019.
PIA23555:
Bennu Particles (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-07-07 Asteroid Psyche
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This artist's concept depicts the asteroid Psyche, the target of NASA's Psyche mission.
PIA23876:
A Metal-Rich World (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-08-18 Asteroid 1841x1033x3
This illustration shows asteroid 2020 QG's trajectory bending during its close approach to Earth. The asteroid is the closest known non-impacting asteroid ever detected.
PIA24037:
Asteroid 2020 QG Zips Around the Earth (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-08-18 Asteroid ZTF
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The circled streak in the center of this image is asteroid 2020 QG, which came closer to Earth than any other non-impacting asteroid on record.
PIA24038:
Asteroid 2020 QG as Seen Through ZTF Telescope
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-09-09 Asteroid OSIRIS-REx
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Using data collected by NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, this animation shows the trajectories of rock particles after being ejected from asteroid (101955) Bennu's surface.
PIA24101:
Asteroid Bennu's Particle Ejection Events (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-26 Asteroid Deep Space Network
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These images of asteroid Apophis were recorded by radio antennas at the Deep Space Network's Goldstone complex in California and the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia.
PIA24168:
Radar Observations of Asteroid 99942 Apophis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration, created in March 2021, depicts the 140-mile-wide (226-kilometer-wide) asteroid Psyche, which lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
PIA24471:
Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-03-29 Asteroid Psyche
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This illustration, created in March 2021, depicts the 140-mile-wide (226-kilometer-wide) asteroid Psyche, which lies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
PIA24472:
Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-04-05 Asteroid Deep Space Network
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On March 21, 2021, the large asteroid 2001 FO32 made a close approach with our planet, passing at a distance of about 1.25 million miles (2 million kilometers) — or 5 1/4 times the distance from Earth to the Moon.
PIA24561:
Goldstone Radar Observations of Asteroid 2001 FO32
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-03 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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This figure represents the radar echo from asteroid 2021 PJ1 on Aug. 14, 2021. The horizontal axis represents the difference in predicted Doppler frequency and the new radar measurement.
PIA24563:
The Doppler Spike of Asteroid 2021 PJ1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-09-03 Asteroid Deep Space Network (DSN)
Deep Space Network
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This series of images captured on Aug. 22, 2021, shows asteroid 2016 AJ193 rotate as it was observed by Goldstone's 70-meter antenna. The 1.3-kilometers wide object was the 1,001st near-Earth asteroid to be measured by planetary radar since 1968.
PIA24564:
Radar Reveals the Surface of Asteroid 2016 AJ193
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-17 Barnard 30 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars 'hatching' in the head of the hunter constellation, Orion. The region featured in this Spitzer image is called Barnard 30.
PIA09411:
Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-17 Barnard 30 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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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
IRAC
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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
IRAC
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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
IRAC
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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
Visible Light
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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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
IRAC
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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
IRAC
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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
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
IRAC
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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
IRAC
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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
IRAC
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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 2020-07-08 Comet NEOWISE
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Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE appears as a string of fuzzy red dots in this composite of several heat-sensitive infrared images taken by NASA's NEOWISE mission on March 27, 2020.
PIA23792:
Comet NEOWISE Discovery Images
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-01 Crab Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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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
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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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