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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals hidden populations of newborn stars at the heart of the colliding 'Antennae' galaxies. These two galaxies are known individually as NGC 4038 and 4039.
PIA06854:
Fire within the Antennae Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-06 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's three Great Observatories -- the Hubble Space Telescope, the SpitzerSpace Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory -- joined forces to probe the expanding remains of a supernova, called Kepler's supernova remnant.
PIA06907:
Three Great Eyes on Kepler's Supernova Remnant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-06 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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The images indicate that the bubble of gas that makes up the supernova remnant appears different in various types of light. Chandra reveals the hottest gas [colored blue and colored green], which radiates in X-rays.
PIA06908:
Kepler's Supernova Remnant: A View from Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-06 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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This image represents a view of NASA's Kepler's supernova remnant taken in X-rays, visible light, and infrared radiation, indicating that the bubble of gas that makes up the supernova remnant appears different in various types of light.
PIA06909:
Kepler's Supernova Remnant: A View from Hubble Space Telescope
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This composite image represent views of Kepler's supernova remnant taken in X-rays, visible light, and infrared radiation.
PIA06910:
Kepler's Supernova Remnant: A View from Spitzer Space Telescope
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a globular cluster previously hidden in the dusty plane of our Milky Way galaxy. Globular clusters are compact bundles of old stars that date back to the birth of our galaxy.
PIA06928:
Spitzer Digs Up Galactic Fossil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This artist's concept illustrates how planetary systems arise out of massive collisions between rocky bodies. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that these catastrophes continue to occur around stars even after they have developed full-sized planets.
PIA06939:
The Rocky World of Young Planetary Systems (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts a distant hypothetical solar system, similar in age to our own. Looking inward from the system's outer fringes, a ring of dusty debris can be seen, and within it, planets circling a star the size of our Sun.
PIA07096:
A Distant Solar System (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Artist's concept of a distant hypothetical solar system, about the same age as our own.
PIA07097:
A Distant Solar System (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope recently captured these infrared images of six older stars with known planets. The yellow, fuzzy blobs are stars circled by disks of dust, or 'debris disks,' like the one that surrounds our own Sun.
PIA07098:
Is There Anybody Home?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Bright, young disks can be imaged directly by visible-light telescopes, such as NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Older, fainter debris disks can be detected only by infrared telescopes like NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which sense the disks' dim heat.
PIA07099:
The Evolution of a Planet-Forming Disk (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-21 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image shows six of the three-dozen 'ultraviolet luminous galaxies' spotted in our corner of the universe by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. These massive galaxies greatly resemble newborn galaxies that were common in the early universe.
PIA07143:
Nearby Newborns
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-22 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a typical young galaxy, teeming with hot, newborn stars and exploding supernovas. The supernovas are seen as white flashes of light.
PIA07144:
Fires of Galactic Youth (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-21 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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Surveying thousands of nearby galaxies with its highly sensitive ultraviolet eyes, NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer spotted three dozen that greatly resemble youthful galaxies from billions of years ago.
PIA07142:
Baby Galaxies in the Adult Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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Blobs are intensely glowing clouds of hot hydrogen gas that envelop faraway galaxies. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to see the dusty galaxies tucked inside one well-known blob located 11 billion light-years away.
PIA07220:
Mysterious Blob Galaxies Revealed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates one possible answer to the puzzle of the 'giant galactic blobs.' NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on one well-known blob located 11 billion light-years away.
PIA07221:
At the Heart of Blobs (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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The Trifid Nebula is a giant star-forming cloud of gas and dust located 5,400 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius, seen here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA07226:
Stellar 'Incubators' Seen Cooking up Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This spectrum shows the light from a dusty, distant galaxy located 11 billion light-years away. The galaxy is invisible to optical telescopes, but NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured the light from it and dozens of other similar galaxies.
PIA07395:
Fingerprints in the Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept demonstrates that an invisible galaxy shrouded in dust can become glaringly bright when viewed in infrared light.
PIA07396:
Invisible Galaxies Come to Life! (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows what a fiery hot star and its close-knit planetary companion might look close up if viewed in visible and infrared light .
PIA07490:
Blinded by the Light (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows changes in the infrared light output of two star-planet systems (one above, one below) located hundreds of light-years away.
PIA07491:
The Language of Planetary Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 Hubble Space Telescope
Visible Light
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Lying at the southern edge of the rich Virgo cluster of galaxies, Messier 104, also called the Sombrero galaxy, is one of the most famous objects in the sky in this image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA15226:
Hubble Spies Spectacular Sombrero
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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Since its launch in 2003, NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer the space telescope originally designed to observe galaxies across the universe in ultraviolet light has discovered a festive sky blinking with flaring and erupting stars.
PIA07250:
It's Not a Bird or a Plane Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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A group of six streaking objects, the identities of which remain unknown, can be seen here flying across the telescope's sight in this image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA07251:
Surprise Ultraviolet Party in the Sky Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows microscopic crystals in the dusty disk surrounding a brown dwarf, or 'failed star.' The crystals, made up of a green mineral found on Earth called olivine, are thought to help seed the formation of planets.
PIA03048:
Sowing the Seeds of Planets? (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows two opposing bubbles being formed in opposite directions by the powerful outflows from massive groups of forming stars. The baby stars can be seen as specks of yellow where the two bubbles overlap.
PIA03544:
Black Widow Nebula Hiding in the Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This majestic false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows 'mountains' where stars are born. These towering pillars of cool gas and dust are illuminated at their tips with light from warm embryonic stars.
PIA03096:
Towering Infernos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows little 'dwarf galaxies' forming in the 'tails' of two larger galaxies that are colliding together.
PIA03605:
Dwarf Galaxies Swimming in Tidal Tails
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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Newborn stars, hidden behind thick dust, are revealed in this image of a section of the Christmas Tree cluster from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, a joint effort between Spitzer's infrared array camera and multiband imaging photometer instrument.
PIA03244:
Stellar Snowflake Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-09 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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From sparkling blue rings to dazzling golden disks and mined from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Survey of Nearby Galaxies data, these cosmic gems were collected with the telescope's sensitive ultraviolet instruments.
PIA03295:
GALEX Distributes Local Galactic Treasures at AAS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 Stardust
DC-8 Airborne Laboratory
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Stardust Capsule Return as seen from NASA's DC-8 Airborne Laboratory with a mission to explore the conditions during reentry from the light emitted by the fireball caused when the capsule streaked through the sky.
PIA03668:
Stardust Capsule Return
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer's large field of view and multi-wavelength infrared sight allowed it to form this complete view of the cluster, containing dozens of bright galaxies and hundreds of smaller ones.
PIA12835:
Fornax Galaxy Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer highlights the dust that speckles the Andromeda galaxy's spiral arms. The hot dust, which is being heated by newborn stars, traces the spidery arms all the way to the center of the galaxy.
PIA12834:
The Dirt on Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Galaxy NGC 4579 was captured by the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxy Survey, or Sings, Legacy project using the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared array camera. I
PIA08007:
Galaxy NGC 4579
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This artist's concept based on data fromNASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows delicate greenish crystals sprinkled throughout the violent core of a pair of colliding galaxies. The white spots represent a thriving population of stars of all sizes and ages.
PIA02180:
Galactic Hearts of Glass (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer highlights the Andromeda galaxy's older stellar population in blue. A pronounced warp in the disk of the galaxy, the aftermath of a collision with another galaxy, can be seen in the spiral arm.
PIA12833:
Warped Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Near Infrared Spectrometer
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The false-color composite image of the Stephan's Quintet galaxy cluster is made up of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a ground-based telescope in Spain.
PIA02587:
A Shocking Surprise in Stephan's Quintet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a galaxy that appears to be sizzling hot, with huge plumes of smoke swirling around it. The galaxy is known as Messier 82 or the 'Cigar galaxy.'
PIA02917:
Smokin' Hot Galaxy (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Like great friends, galaxies stick together. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have spotted a handful of great galactic pals bonding back when the universe was a mere 4.6 billion years old.
PIA02038:
Great Galactic Buddies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts a type of dead star called a pulsar and the surrounding disk of rubble discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The pulsar, called 4U 0142+61, was once a massive star until about 100,000 years ago.
PIA08040:
Stellar Rubble May be Planetary Building Blocks (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
W. M. Keck Observatory
IRAC
Keck I Telescope
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This plot shows that a pulsar, the remnant of a stellar explosion, is surrounded by a disk of its own ashes. The disk, revealed by the two data points at the far right from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is the first ever found around a pulsar.
PIA08041:
Circle of Ashes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts the pulsar planet system discovered by Aleksander Wolszczan in 1992. Wolszczan used the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico to find three planets circling a pulsar called PSR B1257+12.
PIA08042:
Extreme Planets (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The immense Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31, is captured in full in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. Andromeda is the closest large galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy, and is located 2.5 million light-years from our sun.
PIA12832:
Our Neighbor Andromeda
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-26 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes combined to make these shape-shifting galaxies taking on the form of a giant mask. The icy blue eyes are actually the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163, and the mask is their spiral arms.
PIA08097:
Eyes in the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Something appears to be peering through a shiny red mask, in this new false-colored image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The mysterious blue eyes are actually starlight from the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163.
PIA08098:
Ready for the Cosmic Ball
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
Visible Light
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope caught a glimpse of the Cepheus constellation, thirty thousand light-years away; astronomers think they've found a massive star whose death barely made a peep.
PIA08453:
The (Almost) Invisible Aftermath of a Massive Star's Death
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This infrared image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows a star-forming cloud teeming with gas, dust and massive newborn stars.
PIA12831:
Stellar Storm of Infrared Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-06 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the supernova remnant 1E0102.2-7219 sits next to the nebula N76 in a bright, star-forming region of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA08516:
Dusty Death of a Massive Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Mosaic-I Camera
Mayall 4-Meter Telescope
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Astronomers have discovered nearly 300 galaxy clusters and groups, including almost 100 located 8 to 10 billion light-years away, using the space-based Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based Mayall 4-meter telescope.
PIA08509:
Galaxies Gather at Great Distances
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IRAC
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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have spotted a 'dust factory' 30 million light-years away in the spiral galaxy M74. The factory is located at the scene of a massive star's explosive death, or supernova.
PIA08533:
Supernova Dust Factory in M74
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-21 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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This new false-colored image from NASA's Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes shows a giant jet of particles that has been shot out from the vicinity of a type of supermassive black hole called a quasar.
PIA08617:
Black Hole Spills Kaleidoscope of Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept demonstrates how a dusty planet-forming disk can slow down a whirling young star, essentially saving the star from spinning itself to death. Evidence for this phenomenon comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08626:
Stars Can't Spin Out of Control (Artist's Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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Located 10 million light-years away in the southern constellation Sculptor, the Silver Dollar galaxy, or NGC 253, is one of the brightest spiral galaxies in the night sky as seen in this edge-on view from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA08646:
Triple Scoop from Galaxy Hunter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-23 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This artist's concept depicts a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy. NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer found evidence that black holes (once they grow to a critical size) stifle the formation of new stars in elliptical galaxies.
PIA08696:
An Unwelcome Place for New Stars (artist concept)
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This diagram illustrates research from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer showing that black holes (once they reach a critical size) can put the brakes on new star formation in elliptical galaxies.
PIA08697:
Big Black Holes Mean Bad News for Stars (diagram)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This vibrant image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our own Milky Way galaxy.
PIA07136:
Our Chaotic Neighbor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This vibrant image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (detected by the multiband imaging photometer) shows the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our own Milky Way galaxy.
PIA07137:
What's Old is New in the Large Magellanic Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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The many 'personalities' of our great galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, are exposed in this new composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08787:
Amazing Andromeda Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a blistering world revolving around its nearby 'sun.' NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope observed a planetary system like this one, as the planet's sunlit and dark hemispheres swung alternately into the telescope's view.
PIA01936:
Fire and Ice Planet (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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The top graph consists of infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It tells astronomers that a distant planet, called Upsilon Andromedae b, always has a giant hot spot on the side that faces the star, while the other side is cold and dark.
PIA01937:
The Light and Dark Sides of a Distant Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a Jupiter-like planet soaking up the scorching rays of its nearby 'sun.' This NASA Spitzer Space Telescope illustration portrays how the planet would appear to infrared eyes, showing temperature variations across its surface.
PIA01938:
Exotic World Blisters Under the Sun (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows what astronomers are referring to as a 'snake' (upper left) and its surrounding stormy environment.
PIA01318:
Where Galactic Snakes Live
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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The potential planet-forming disk (or 'protoplanetary disk') of a sun-like star is being violently ripped away by the powerful winds of a nearby hot O-type star in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA01319:
A Star's Close Encounter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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A star's spectacular death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D. This composite image uses data from three of NASA's Great Observatories. The Chandra X-ray, Hubble Space, and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA01320:
Dead Star Creates Celestial Havoc
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have teamed up to expose the chaos that baby stars are creating 1,500 light-years away in a cosmic cloud called the Orion nebula.
PIA01322:
Chaos at the Heart of Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-05 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This artist's concept shows a supermassive black hole at the center of a remote galaxy digesting the remnants of a star.
PIA01884:
Black Hole Grabs Starry Snack (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This is a composite image of N49, the brightest supernova remnant in optical light in the Large Magellanic Cloud; the image combines data from the Chandra X-ray Telescope (blue) and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (red).
PIA09071:
Stellar Debris in the Large Magellanic Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (left panel) shows the 'bow shock' of a dying star named R Hydrae, or R Hya, in the constellation Hydra.
PIA09070:
Red Giant Plunging Through Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Infant stars are glowing gloriously in this image of the Serpens star-forming region, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The reddish-pink dots are baby stars deeply embedded in the cosmic cloud of gas and dust that collapsed to create it.
PIA09072:
Seeing Stars in Serpens
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates the universe's early years, from its explosive formation to its dark ages to its first stars and mini-galaxies. Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found patches of infrared light splattered across the sky.
PIA09099:
Stars Spring up Out of the Darkness (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This is an image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of stars and galaxies in the Ursa Major constellation. This infrared image covers a region of space so large that light would take up to 100 million years to travel across it.
PIA09100:
The Universe's First Fireworks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This majestic view taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells an untold story of life and death in the Eagle nebula, an industrious star-making factory located 7,000 light-years away in the Serpens constellation.
PIA09107:
Cosmic Epic Unfolds in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This image composite highlights the pillars of the Eagle nebula, as seen in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (bottom) and visible light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top insets).
PIA09109:
Unwrapping the Pillars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This set of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Eagle nebula in different hues of infrared light. Each view tells a different tale.
PIA09108:
Eagle Nebula Flaunts its Infrared Feathers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-16 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescope combined to show a pair of interacting galaxies might be experiencing the galactic equivalent of a mid-life crisis.
PIA09106:
Older Galaxy Pair Has Surprisingly Youthful Glow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This is an artist's concept of a hypothetical 10-million-year-old star system. The bright blur at the center is a star much like our sun. The other orb in the image is a gas-giant planet like Jupiter.
PIA09117:
Gas Giants Form Quickly (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a gas-giant planet orbiting very close to its parent star, creating searingly hot conditions on the planet's surface.
PIA09118:
Forecasting Weather on Distant Worlds (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Tipped toward Earth and illuminated by the star, these rings look like ellipses in images taken with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The massive star at the center, which lies within the constellation Sagittarius, is about 7,200 light-years from Earth.
PIA09119:
Luminous Blue Variable: Destined To Be a Supernova?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-13 Hubble Space Telescope
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This image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, shows the colorful 'last hurrah' of a star like our Sun. The star is ending its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which formed a cocoon around the star's remaining core.
PIA09194:
The Colorful Demise of a Sun-like Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This diagram illustrates how astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope can capture the elusive spectra of hot-Jupiter planets. Spectra are an object's light spread apart into its basic components, or wavelengths.
PIA09196:
How to Pluck a Spectrum from a Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called 'hot Jupiter' called HD 189733b, might be smothered with high clouds.
PIA09197:
Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds
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This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called 'hot Jupiter' called HD 189733b, might be smothered with high clouds.
PIA09198:
Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds
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This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called 'hot Jupiter' called HD 189733b, might be smothered with high clouds.
PIA09199:
Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds
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This artist's concept, based on spectral observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star.
PIA09200:
Exotic Atmospheres (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This diagram illustrates that mature planetary systems like our own might be more common around twin, or binary, stars that are either really close together, or really far apart.
PIA09227:
Where Planets Take up Residence
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have revealed that mature planetary systems -- dusty disks of asteroids, comets and possibly planets -- are more frequent around close-knit twin, or binary, stars than single stars like our sun.
PIA09228:
Alien Sunset (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's image depicts a faraway solar system like our own except for one big difference. Planets and asteroids circle around not one, but two suns. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such solar systems may be common in the universe.
PIA09229:
Two Suns Raise Family of Planetary Bodies (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-01 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is celebrates its fourth year in space with some of M81's 'hottest' stars. In this ultraviolet image, the magnificent M81 spiral galaxy is shown at the center.
PIA09337:
Galaxy Mission Completes Four Star-Studded Years in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Two rambunctious young stars are destroying their natal dust cloud with powerful jets of radiation, in an infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09338:
Spitzer Digs Up Hidden Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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Arp 148 is nicknamed 'Mayall's object' and is located in the constellation of Ursa Major, the Great Bear, about 500 million light-years away. This image is part of a large collection of images of merging galaxies taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10385:
Arp 148& - Mayall's Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist concept based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, depicts a quadruple-star system called HD 98800. The system is approximately 10 million years old, and is located 150 light-years away in the constellation TW Hydrae.
PIA09939:
Evidence for Strange Stellar Family (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-09-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This composite image shows the Coronet in X-rays from Chandra and infrared from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (orange, green, and cyan). The Spitzer data show young stars plus diffuse emission from dust.
PIA09925:
Coronet: A Star-Formation Neighbor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-09-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows young stars plus diffuse emission from dust. The Corona Australis region (containing, at its heart, the Coronet cluster) is one of the nearest and most active regions of ongoing star formation.
PIA09926:
Infrared Coronet Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a binary-star, or two-star, system, called HD 113766, where astronomers suspect a rocky Earth-like planet is forming around one of the stars.
PIA09931:
Birth of an Earth-like Planet (Artist Xoncept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This plot of data captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals dust entrained in the winds rushing away from a quasar, or growing black hole. The quasar is called PG2112+059
PIA09932:
A Wealth of Dust Grains in Quasar Winds
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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such quasar winds might have forged these dusty particles in the very early universe.
PIA10019:
Dust in the Quasar Wind (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrometer (IRS)
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals vast reservoirs of hot gas in a galaxy about a billion light-years away called 3C 326 North.
PIA10086:
Cosmic Caper Unfolds in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A big galaxy is stealing gas right off the 'back' of its smaller companion in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The stolen gas is hot, but it might eventually cool down to make new stars and planets.
PIA10087:
Wanted: Galactic Thief Who Steals Gas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes have uncovered a long-lost population of active supermassive black holes, or quasars located deep in the bellies of distant, massive galaxies (circled in blue).
PIA10091:
Missing Black Holes Found!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-25 Chandra X-ray Observatory
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These two images show 'stacked' Chandra images for two different classes of distant, massive galaxy detected with NASA's Spitzer. Image stacking is a procedure used to detect emission from objects that is too faint to be detected in single images.
PIA10092:
Stacks of Light
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