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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-08 M17 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a new, infrared view of the choppy star-making cloud called M17, also known as Omega Nebula or the Swan nebula.
PIA12071:
Celestial Sea of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-13 M31 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured this stunning infrared view of the famous galaxy Messier 31, also known as Andromeda.
PIA03031:
Amazing Andromeda in Red
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-16 M31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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Hot stars burn brightly in this new image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, showing the ultraviolet side of a familiar face. Approximately 2.5 million light-years away, the Andromeda galaxy, or M31, is our Milky Way's largest galactic neighbor.
PIA15416:
Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-28 M31 Herschel Space Observatory
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The ring-like swirls of dust filling the Andromeda galaxy stand out colorfully in this new image from the Herschel Space Observatory.
PIA16681:
Andromeda's Colorful Rings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-28 M31 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
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In this new view of the Andromeda, also known as M31, galaxy from the Herschel space observatory, cool lanes of forming stars are revealed in the finest detail yet. M31 is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way at a distance of 2.5 million light-ye
PIA16682:
Cool Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-13 M33 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows M33, the Triangulum Galaxy, is a perennial favorite of amateur and professional astronomers alike, due to its orientation and relative proximity to us.
PIA03033:
Anatomy of a Triangulum
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-03 M33 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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One of our closest galactic neighbors shows its awesome beauty in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. M33, also known as the Triangulum Galaxy, is a member of what's known as our Local Group of galaxies.
PIA11969:
M33: A Close Neighbor Reveals its True Size and Splendor (3-color composite)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-03 M33 Spitzer Space Telescope
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One of our closest galactic neighbors shows its awesome beauty in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. M33, also known as the Triangulum Galaxy, is a member of what's known as our Local Group of galaxies.
PIA11970:
M33: A Close Neighbor Reveals its True Size and Splendor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-28 M33 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Mission celebrates its sixth anniversary studying galaxies beyond our Milky Way through its sensitive ultraviolet telescope, the only such far-ultraviolet detector in space. Pictured here, the galaxy NGC598 known as M33.
PIA11998:
NASA's Galaxy Mission Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-28 M33 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Mission celebrates its sixth anniversary studying galaxies beyond our Milky Way through its sensitive ultraviolet telescope, the only such far-ultraviolet detector in space. Pictured here, the galaxy NGC598 known as M33.
PIA11999:
NASA's Galaxy Mission Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-28 M33 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Mission celebrates its sixth anniversary studying galaxies beyond our Milky Way through its sensitive ultraviolet telescope, the only such far-ultraviolet detector in space.
PIA12000:
NASA's Galaxy Mission Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-13 M51 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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A composite image of M51, also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, shows the majesty of its structure in a dramatic new way through several of NASA's orbiting observatories.
PIA10200:
A Classic Beauty
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 M82 Galaxy Hubble Space Telescope
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A colorful image showing violent star formation triggered when two galaxies bumped into each other has been captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA04218:
Galaxy M82
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-24 M82 Galaxy Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Visible Light
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NASA's Spitzer, Hubble and Chandra space observatories teamed up to create this multi-wavelength, false-colored view of the M82 galaxy. The lively 
portrait celebrates Hubble's 'sweet sixteen' birthday.
PIA08093:
Great Observatories Present Rainbow of a Galaxy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 M83 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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Ultraviolet images such as this one from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer suggest the M83 has unusual pockets of star formation separated by large distances from the spiral arms in the main disk of the galaxy.
PIA07903:
"Southern Pinwheel" Galaxy M83
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-04 Mars Dawn
High Resolution Stereo Camera
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Each image on this High Resolution Stereo Camera Image Composite (HRSC) mosaic is of the same location observed by Dawn's Framing Camera when it flew by Mars to complete the spacecraft's gravity assist maneuver on February 17, 2009.
PIA12065:
Dawn's Framing Camera Flys by Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-02-11 Masursky Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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The face of asteroid Masursky as seen by NASA's Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS), January, 2000.
PIA02449:
Masursky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-15 Messier 100 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The galaxy Messier 100, or M100, shows its swirling spiral in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The arcing spiral arms of dust and gas that harbor star forming regions glow vividly when seen in the infrared.
PIA15909:
Hot and Cold in the M100 Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-15 Messier 100 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This infrared image, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, of M100 is a classic example of a grand design spiral galaxy, with prominent and well-defined spiral arms winding from the hot center, out to the cooler edges of the galaxy.
PIA15910:
The Swirling Arms of the M100 Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-21 Messier 101 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The tangled arms of the Pinwheel galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 101, are decked out in red in this new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10967:
Pinwheel Looks 'Fab' in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-21 Messier 101 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
MIPS
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The Pinwheel galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 101, sports bright reddish edges in this new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10968:
"No Organics" Zone Circles Pinwheel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-02-10 Messier 101 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The galaxy Messier 101 is a swirling spiral of stars, gas, and dust. Messier 101 is nearly twice as wide as our Milky Way galaxy in this image as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA11796:
Spitzer Space Telescope's View of Galaxy Messier 101
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-02-10 Messier 101 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Great Observatories continue Galileo's legacy with stunning images and breakthrough science from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
PIA11797:
NASA's Great Observatories Celebrate the International Year of Astronomy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-04 Messier 104 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on one of the most famous objects in the sky, Messier 104, also called the Sombrero galaxy.
PIA07899:
Spitzer Spies Spectacular Sombrero Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-05 Messier 31 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image shows the Andromeda galaxy, first as seen in visible light by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, then as seen in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08506:
Fade to Red Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-06-01 Messier 81 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
GALEX Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
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The perfectly picturesque spiral galaxy known as Messier 81, or M81, looks sharp in this new composite from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes and NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA09579:
M81 Galaxy is Pretty in Pink
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-30 Messier 81 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Here we see two different views of the spiral galaxy, Messier 81. On the left is an image taken in blue light, while on the right is a specially-processed version of an image taken with NASA's Spitzer's infrared array camera at 4.5 microns.
PIA12073:
"Missing Link" Found
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-16 Messier 83 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
Very Large Array (VLA)
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The outlying regions around the Southern Pinwheel galaxy, or M83, are highlighted in this composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array in New Mexico.
PIA10373:
Beyond the Borders of a Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-16 Messier 83 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the Southern Pinwheel galaxy, also know as Messier 83 or M83. It is located 15 million light-years away in the southern constellation Hydra.
PIA10374:
Ultraviolet Extensions
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-04-25 Messier 87 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The galaxy M87, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is home to a supermassive black hole that spews two jets of material out into space at nearly the speed of light.
PIA23122:
Spitzer Captures Messier 87
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-13 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
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In visible light, the bulk of our Milky Way galaxy's stars are eclipsed behind thick clouds of galactic dust and gas. But to the infrared eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, distant stars and dust clouds shine with unparalleled clarity and color.
PIA03239:
A Glimpse of the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-10 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
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This dazzling infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows hundreds of thousands of stars crowded into the swirling core of our spiral Milky Way galaxy.
PIA03654:
A Cauldron of Stars at the Galaxy's Center
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-10 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
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Our Milky Way is a dusty place. So dusty that we cannot see the center of the galaxy in visible light. Thanks to NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's excellent resolution, the dusty features within the galactic center are seen in unprecedented detail.
PIA03653:
The Milky Way Center Aglow with Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-03 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates the new view of the Milky Way. The galaxy's two major arms can be seen attached to the ends of a thick central bar, while the two now-demoted minor arms are less distinct and located between the major arms.
PIA10748:
Our Milky Way Gets a Makeover (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-03 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
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More than 444,580 frames from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were stitched together to create this portrait of the raging star-formation occurring in the inner Milky Way.
PIA10749:
Inner Milky Way Raging with Star Formation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-03 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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More than 800,000 frames from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were stitched together to create this infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way.
PIA10750:
Spitzer Finds Clarity in the Inner Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-10 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows three baby stars in the bustling center of our Milky Way galaxy. The three stars are the first to be discovered in the region.
PIA12074:
Baby Stars Finally Found in Jumbled Galactic Center
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Milky Way Planck
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This composite image comes from the ESA's Planck shows a festive portrait of our Milky Way galaxy shows a mishmash of gas, charged particles and several types of dust.
PIA18912:
A Milky Way 'Mixer' Amongst the Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Milky Way Planck
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A new, dynamic portrait of our Milky Way galaxy shows a frenzy of gas, charged particles and dust as seen by the European Space Agency's Planck mission.
PIA18913:
Milky Way Untangled
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Milky Way Planck
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Our Milky Way galaxy is ablaze with dust in this new all-sky map from Planck, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions. The towers of fiery colors are actually dust in the galaxy and beyond that has been polarized.
PIA18915:
Polarized Dust Lights Up Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-03 Milky Way Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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Astronomers using data from NASA's WISE are helping to trace the shape of our Milky Way galaxy's spiral arms. Here, WISE data revealed clusters of young stars shrouded in dust, called embedded clusters, which are known to reside in spiral arms.
PIA19341:
Tracing the Arms of our Milky Way Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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New ultraviolet images from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows a speeding star that is leaving an enormous trail of 'seeds' for new solar systems. The star, named Mira (pronounced my-rah) after the latin word for 'wonderful.'
PIA09958:
Mira Soars Through the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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A close-up view of a star racing through space faster than a speeding bullet can be seen in this image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The star is called Mira (pronounced My-rah).
PIA09959:
Anatomy of a Shooting Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This artist's concept illustrates a star flying through our galaxy at supersonic speeds, leaving a 13-light-year-long trail of glowing material in its wake. The star, named Mira (pronounced my-rah) after the latin word for 'wonderful.'
PIA09960:
A Real Shooting Star (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer discovered an exceptionally long comet-like tail of material trailing behind Mira -- a star that has been studied thoroughly for about 400 years.
PIA09961:
Mira's Tail There All Along
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 mysterious object Hubble Space Telescope
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Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope stumbled upon a mysterious object that grudgingly yielded clues to its identity. The object is classified as a planetary nebula, the glowing remains of a dying, lightweight star.
PIA04214:
Mysterious object He2-90
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-06-13 N132D Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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Supernovae are the explosive deaths of the universe's most massive stars. This false-color composite from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory shows the remnant of N132D, the wispy pink shell of gas at center.
PIA09604:
A Supernova's Shockwaves
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-03 N44C nebula Hubble Space Telescope
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Resembling the hair in Botticelli's famous portrait of the birth of Venus, an image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured softly glowing filaments streaming from hot young stars in a nearby nebula.
PIA04225:
N44C Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-07-23 NGC 1097 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has imaged a wild creature of the dark -- a coiled galaxy with an eye-like object at its center.
PIA12151:
Coiled Creature of the Night
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 1291 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image (left) and visual image (right) from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the barred ring galaxy NGC 1291. The VIS image is dominated by the inner disk and bar. The UV image is dominated by the low surface brightness outer arms.
PIA07910:
Barred Ring Galaxy NGC 1291
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-29 NGC 1333 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This plot of infrared data, called a spectrum, shows the strong signature of water vapor deep within the core of an embryonic star system, called NGC 1333-IRAS 4B.
The data were captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09965:
Spitzer Sees Water Loud and Clear
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-29 NGC 1333 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This diagram illustrates the earliest journeys of water in a young, forming star system. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to probe a crucial phase of this stellar evolution.
PIA09966:
Steamy Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-29 NGC 1333 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a fledgling solar system like the one depicted in this artist's concept, and discovered deep within it enough water vapor to fill the oceans on Earth five times.
PIA09967:
Water's Early Journey in a Solar System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 1365 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365, which is a member of the Fornax Cluster of Galaxies.
PIA07901:
Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1365
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-07 NGC 1448 Chandra X-ray Observatory
NuSTAR
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NGC 1448, a galaxy with an active galactic nucleus hidden by gas and dust, is seen in this image combining data from the Carnegie-Irvine Galaxy Survey in the optical range and NASA's NuSTAR in the X-ray range.
PIA21086:
Galaxy NGC 1448 with Active Galactic Nucleus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 1851 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the globular cluster NGC 1851 in the southern constellation Columba.
PIA07908:
Globular Cluster NGC 1851 in the Southern Constellation Columba
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-09 NGC 246 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dying star (center) surrounded by a cloud of glowing gas and dust.
PIA06755:
Ring of Stellar Death
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-28 NGC 281 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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This composite image of the star cluster NGC 28 contains X-ray data from Chandra, in purple, with infrared observations from Spitzer, in red, green, blue. NGC 281 is known informally as the 'Pacman Nebula' because of its appearance in optical images.
PIA14731:
The 'Pacman Nebula'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-11 NGC 300 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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Young hot blue stars dominate the outer spiral arms of nearby galaxy NGC 300, while the older stars congregate in the nuclear regions which appear yellow-green in this image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA07828:
Classic Galaxy with Glamour
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 3190 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of a diverse group of galaxy types. NGC 3190 is a dusty edge on spiral galaxy. NGC 3187 is highly distorted.
PIA07907:
Diverse Group of Galaxy Types, NGC 3190 Field
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-03 NGC 3242 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 3242, a planetary nebula frequently referred to as 'Jupiter's Ghost.' The small circular white and blue area at the center of the image is the well-known portion of the nebula.
PIA11968:
The Extended Region Around the Planetary Nebula NGC 3242
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 3344 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the large face on spiral galaxy NGC 3344. The inner spiral arms are wrapped so tightly that they are difficult to distinguish.
PIA07904:
Large Face on Spiral Galaxy NGC 3344
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 335 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (left) and visual image (right) of the face on barred and ringed spiral galaxy NGC 3351 (M95).
PIA07909:
Face on Barred and Ringed Spiral Galaxy NGC 3351
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-08 NGC 346 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This painterly portrait of a star-forming cloud, called NGC 346, is a combination of multiwavelength light from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the European Southern Observatory's New Technology Telescope, and the European Space Agency.
PIA11227:
Stellar Work of Art
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-06-20 NGC 362 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Far-ultraviolet Detector
Near-ultraviolet Detector
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer's ultraviolet eyes have captured a globular star cluster, called NGC 362, in our own Milky Way galaxy. In this new image, the cluster appears next to stars from a more distant neighboring galaxy, known as the Small Magella
PIA09653:
Galaxy Evolution Explorer Spies Band of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-01-10 NGC 3621 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates that a flat, spiral galaxy called NGC 3621 has a feeding, supermassive black hole lurking within it.
PIA10220:
Slender Galaxy with Robust Black Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-18 NGC 4258 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This composite image is of spiral galaxy M106 (NGC 4258); optical data from the Digitized Sky Survey is yellow, radio data from the Very Large Array is purple, X-ray data from Chandra is blue, and infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope is red.
PIA10204:
Anomalous Arms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-25 NGC 4625 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image shows the hidden spiral arms that were discovered around the galaxy called NGC 4625 (top) by the ultraviolet eyes of NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. An armless companion galaxy called NGC 4618 is pictured below.
PIA03541:
Look at my Arms!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-25 NGC 4625 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image highlights the hidden spiral arms (blue) that were discovered around the nearby galaxy NGC 4625 by the ultraviolet eyes of NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA03536:
Hello to Arms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-25 NGC 4625 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image shows two companion galaxies, NGC 4625 (top) and NGC 4618 (bottom), and their surrounding cocoons of cool hydrogen gas (purple). The huge set of spiral arms on NGC 4625 (blue) was discovered by the ultraviolet eyes of NASA's GALEX.
PIA03540:
Galactic Halos of Hydrogen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-16 NGC 4993 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has provisionally detected the faint afterglow of the explosive merger of two neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993.
PIA21910:
Spitzer Observes Neutron Star Collision
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 5128 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of NGC 5128 (Centaurus-A). This unusual galaxy is believed to be the result of a collision of two normal galaxies.
PIA07912:
NGC 5128 (Centaurus-A)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-06 NGC 6193 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
IRAC
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RCW 108 is a region where stars are actively forming within the Milky Way galaxy about 4,000 light years from Earth. This image is part of a large collection of images of merging galaxies taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA11226:
RCW 108: Massive Young Stars Trigger Stellar Birth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-16 NGC 6240 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope combined to make this image of a pair of colliding galaxies called NGC 6240 shows them in a rare, short-lived phase of their evolution just before they merge into a single, larger galaxy.
PIA11828:
Galaxies Collide to Create Hot, Huge Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-12 NGC 6543 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured the 'Cat's Eye' nebula, or NGC 6543, is a well-studied example of a 'planetary nebula.' Such objects are the glowing remnants of dust and gas expelled from moderate-sized stars during their last stages of life.
PIA11827:
Galactic Dust Bunnies Found to Contain Carbon After All
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-16 NGC 6791 Kepler
Photometer
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This image from NASA's Kepler mission shows the telescope's full field of view an expansive star-rich patch of sky in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra stretching across 100 square degrees, or the equivalent of two side-by-side dips of the Big Dipper.
PIA11984:
Kepler's Diamond Mine of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-16 NGC 6791 Kepler
Photometer
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This image zooms into a small portion of NASA's Kepler's full field of view -- an expansive, 100-square-degree patch of sky in our Milky Way galaxy. At the center of the field is a star with a known 'hot Jupiter' planet, named 'TrES-2.'
PIA11985:
Host to 'Hot Jupiter'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-16 NGC 6791 Kepler
Photometer
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This image zooms into a small portion of NASA's Kepler's full field of view, an expansive, 100-square-degree patch of sky in our Milky Way galaxy. An eight-billion-year-old cluster of stars 13,000 light-years from Earth, called NGC 6791, is seen here.
PIA11986:
Cluster of Stars in Kepler's Sight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-26 NGC 6791 Kepler
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This artist's concept illustrates the two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The star system is oriented edge-on, as seen by Kepler, such that both planets cross in front, or transit, their star, named Kepler-9.
PIA13351:
Worlds on the Edge (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-28 NGC 7331 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured these infrared images of a nearby spiral galaxy that resembles our own Milky Way. The targeted galaxy, known as NGC 7331 and sometimes referred to as our galaxy's twin.
PIA06322:
Morphology of Our Galaxy's 'Twin'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-24 NGC 7331 Chandra X-ray Observatory
SDSS
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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This image from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (insets) shows spiral galaxy NGC 7331, center, where astronomers observed the unusual supernova SN 2014C.
PIA21088:
Supernova SN 2014C (Optical and X-Ray)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-24 NGC 7331 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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Supernova SN 2014C of a spiral galaxy called NGC 7331 is seen in the image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.
PIA21089:
Supernova SN 2014C (X-ray)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-12 NGC 7538 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538.
PIA18452:
A Puzzling Cosmic Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGS 1097 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the interacting pair NGC 1097, a barred spiral galaxy, and the small elliptical companion galaxy NGC 1097A.
PIA07900:
A Barred Spiral Galaxy, and the Small Elliptical Companion Galaxy NGC 1097A
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-10 OGLE-2015-BLG-1319 Spitzer Space Telescope
SWIFT
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This illustration depicts a brown dwarf. NASA's Spitzer and Swift missions observed a microlensing event as the star passed between Earth and a much more distant star in our galaxy.
PIA21076:
Brown Dwarf Microlensing (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-10 Omega Centauri Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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A cluster brimming with millions of stars glistens like an iridescent opal in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Called Omega Centauri, the sparkling orb of stars is like a miniature galaxy.
PIA10372:
Omega Centauri Looks Radiant in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-15 Orion Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making factory, 1,450 light-years from Earth. The nebula is close enough to appear to the naked eye as a fuzzy star in the sword of the constellation.
PIA08653:
The Sword of Orion Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-15 Orion Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory compare infrared and visible views of the famous Orion nebula and its surrounding cloud, an industrious star-making region located near the hunter constellation's sword.
PIA08654:
The Infrared Hunter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-15 Orion Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image composite shows a part of the Orion constellation surveyed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The shape of the main image was designed by astronomers to roughly follow the shape of Orion cloud A, an enormous star-making factory.
PIA08655:
A Slice of Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-15 Orion Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image composite outlines the region near Orion's sword that was surveyed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (white box). The Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making factory, is the brightest spot near the hunter's sword.
PIA08656:
Infrared Spotlight on Orion's Sword
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-05 Orion Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The Orion nebula is featured in this sweeping image from NASA's WISE. The constellation of Orion is prominent in the evening sky throughout the world from about December through April of each year.
PIA16684:
The Cosmic Hearth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-12 Orion Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
HIFI
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The dusty side of the Sword of Orion is illuminated in this striking infrared image from the European Space Agency's Hershel Space Observatory.
PIA21073:
Ionized Carbon Atoms in Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-02 Orion Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found a bow shock around a very young star in the nearby Orion nebula, an intense star-forming region of gas and dust.
PIA04227:
Orion Nebula and Bow Shock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-02-08 OTS 44 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a brown dwarf surrounded by a swirling disc of planet-building dust. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted such a disc around a surprisingly low-mass brown dwarf, or 'failed star.'
PIA07335:
Birth of an Unusual Planetary System (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-02-08 OTS 44 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on an extraordinarily low-mass brown dwarf called OTS 44 and found a swirling disc of planet-building dust shown in this artist concept.
PIA07336:
'Mini-Me' Solar System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-02-08 OTS 44 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows that an extraordinarily low-mass brown dwarf, or 'failed star,' called OTS 44, is circled by a disc of planet-building dust.
PIA07337:
Planetary Building Blocks Found in Surprising Place
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-15 Perseus Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Located 1,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, a reflection nebula called NGC 1333 epitomizes the beautiful chaos of a dense group of stars being born. This image is from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA03545:
Chaotic Star Birth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-18 Perseus Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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A jet of gas firing out of a very young star can be seen ramming into a wall of material in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA11173:
Laser-Sharp Jet Splits Water
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-16 Perseus Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is a view within the constellation Cassiopeia of another portion of the vast star forming complex that makes up part of the Perseus spiral arm of the Milky Way Galaxy.
PIA13044:
IC 1795
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-26 Perseus Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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A low activity, star-formation region in the constellation Perseus, as seen by the European Space Agency's Planck.
PIA13065:
Planck Sees Perseus
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