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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A growing black hole, called a quasar, is seen at the center of a faraway galaxy in this artist's concept. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes discovered swarms of similar quasars hiding in dusty galaxies in the distant universe.
PIA10093:
Bursting with Stars and Black Holes (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-14 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 300, located about seven million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor. It is a classic spiral galaxy with open arms and vigorous star formation throughout.
PIA10113:
NGC 300
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-14 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 1291, located about 33 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus. NGC 1291 is notable for its unusual inner bar and outer ring structure.
PIA10114:
NGC 1291
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-14 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 4569 in the constellation Virgo. It is one of the largest and brightest spiral galaxies found in the Virgo cluster of galaxies, the nearest major galaxy cluster to our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA10115:
NGC 4569
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-14 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 1316, located about 62 million light-years away in the constellation Fornax. The elliptical-shaped galaxy may be in the late stages of merging with a smaller companion galaxy.
PIA10116:
NGC 1316
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-01-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope provide strong evidence that the slender, bulgeless galaxies can, like their chubbier counterparts, harbor supermassive black holes at their cores in this artist concept.
PIA10221:
Galaxies of all Shapes Host Black Holes (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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This beautiful pair of interacting galaxies consists of NGC 5754, the large spiral on the right, and NGC 5752, the smaller companion in the bottom left corner of the image. This image is from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10391:
Interacting Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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NGC 454 is galaxy pair comprising a large red elliptical galaxy and an irregular gas-rich blue galaxy. This image is part of a large collection of images of merging galaxies taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10386:
NGC 454
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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NGC 6050/IC 1179 (Arp 272) is a remarkable collision between two spiral galaxies, NGC 6050 and IC 1179, and is part of the Hercules Galaxy Cluster, located in the constellation of Hercules. This image is from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10387:
Collision Between Two Spiral Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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AM 0500-620 consists of a highly symmetric spiral galaxy seen nearly face-on and partially backlit by a background galaxy. This image is part of a large collection of images of merging galaxies taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10388:
AM 0500-620 - Spiral Arms and Bright Knots
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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AM 1316-241 is made up of two interacting galaxiesa spiral galaxy (on the left of the frame) in front of an elliptical galaxy (on the right of the frame). This image is part of a large collection of images of merging galaxies taken by NASA's Hubble.
PIA10389:
AM 1316-241
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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NGC 520 is the product of a collision between two disk galaxies that started 300 million years ago. This image is part of a large collection of images of merging galaxies taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10390:
NGC 520
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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NGC 6090 is a beautiful pair of spiral galaxies with an overlapping central region and two long tidal tails formed from material ripped out of the galaxies by gravitational interaction. This image is from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10392:
NGC 6090 - a Pair of Spiral Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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NGC 6621/2 (VV 247, Arp 81) is a strongly interacting pair of galaxies, seen about 100 million years after their closest approach. This image is part of a large collection of images of merging galaxies taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10393:
NGC 6621/2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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Since its launch five years ago, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer has photographed hundreds of millions of galaxies in ultraviolet light. M106 is one of those galaxies, 22 light years away.
PIA10600:
Galaxy Evolution Explorer Celebrates Five Years in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope imaged the mysterious ring around magnetar SGR 1900+14 in infrared light.
PIA10711:
Ghostly Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image illustrates how a light echo works, and how an optical illusion of material moving outward is created.
PIA10723:
Dissecting a Light Echo Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-01 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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A delicate ribbon of gas floats eerily in our galaxy. This image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, is a very thin section of a supernova remnant caused by a stellar explosion that occurred more than 1,000 years ago.
PIA10926:
Hubble Sees Stars and a Stripe in Celestial Fireworks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The green and red splotch in this image is the most active star-making galaxy in the very distant universe. Nicknamed 'Baby Boom,' it was spotted 12.3 billion light-years away by a suite of telescopes, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10932:
Super Starburst Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows he 'Peony nebula' star, a blazing ball of gas shines with the equivalent light of 3.2 million suns.
PIA10955:
'Peony Nebula' Star Settles for Silver Medal Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-10 Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA's Hubble peers into a small portion of the nebula near the star cluster NGC 2074. The region is a firestorm of raw stellar creation, perhaps triggered by a nearby supernova explosion. It lies about 170,000 light-years away near the Tarantula
PIA10957:
Hubble Unveils Colorful and Turbulent Star-Birth Region on 100,000th Orbit Milestone
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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The 'Ghost of Mirach' galaxy is shown in visible light on the left, and in ultraviolet as seen by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer on the right. The fields of view are identical in both pictures, with the Ghost of Mirach - a galaxy called NGC 404.
PIA11393:
'Ghost of Mirach' Rears its Spooky Head
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, detected tiny quartz-like crystals sprinkled in young planetary systems. The crystals, which are types of silica minerals called cristobalite and tridymite.
PIA11417:
Quartz-like Crystals Found in Planetary Disks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This composite image of the Tycho supernova remnant combines infrared and X-ray observations obtained with NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space observatories, respectively.
PIA11435:
Vivid View of Tycho's Supernova Remnant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-08 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, or the Swan nebula.
PIA11445:
Celestial Sea of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept based on data from NASA's Spitzer shows the dimmest star-like bodies currently known -- twin brown dwarfs referred to as 2M 0939. The twins, which are about the same size, are drawn as if they were viewed close to one of the bodies.
PIA11447:
Not-So-Bright Bulbs (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the nasty effects of living near a group of massive stars: radiation and winds from the massive stars (white spot in center) are blasting planet-making material away from stars like our sun.
PIA11726:
Devastated Stellar Neighborhood
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes upon the dusty remains of shredded asteroids around several dead stars. This artist's concept illustrates a 'white dwarf,' surrounded by the bits and pieces of a disintegrating asteroid.
PIA11735:
Asteroid 'Bites the Dust' Around Dead Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This photograph from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the young star cluster NGC 2362. By studying it, astronomers found that gas giant planet formation happens very rapidly and efficiently, within less than 5 million years.
PIA11747:
Baby Jupiters Must Gain Weight Fast
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This figure charts 30 hours of observations taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of a strongly irradiated exoplanet (an planet orbiting a star beyond our own). Spitzer measured changes in the planet's heat, or infrared light.
PIA11390:
Light from Red-Hot Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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These computer-generated images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope chart the development of severe weather patterns on the highly eccentric exoplanet HD 80606b during the days after its closest approach to its parent star.
PIA11391:
Severe Exoplanetary Storm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a computer simulation of the planet HD 80606b from an observer located at a point in space lying between the Earth and the HD 80606 system.
PIA11392:
Tour of Planet with Extreme Temperature Swings Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-02-18 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Digitized Sky Survey
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The unique ultraviolet vision of NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer revealed, for the first time, dwarf galaxies forming out of nothing more than pristine gas likely leftover from the early universe.
PIA11805:
Seeing Baby Dwarf Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detected a prebiotic, or potentially life-forming, molecule called hydrogen cyanide (HCN) in the planet-forming disks around yellow stars like our sun, but not in the disks around cooler, reddish stars.
PIA11979:
Cool Stars May Have Different Prebiotic Chemical Mix
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a young, hypothetical planet around a cool star. A soupy mix of potentially life-forming chemicals can be seen pooling around the base of the jagged rocks.
PIA11980:
Chemical Soups Around Cool Stars (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-16 Kepler
Photometer
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This star chart illustrates the large patch of sky that NASA's Kepler mission will stare at for the duration of its three-and-a-half-year lifetime.
PIA11983:
Where Kepler Sees
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the spiral galaxy NGC 2841, located about 46 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major. The galaxy is helping astronomers solve one of the oldest puzzles in astronomy.
PIA12001:
Why Are Galaxies So Smooth?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates how silicate crystals like those found in comets can be created by an outburst from a growing star. The image shows a young sun-like star encircled by its planet-forming disk of gas and dust. Animation available.
PIA12008:
Silicate Crystal Formation in the Disk of an Erupting Star (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-02 Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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Eerie, dramatic pictures from NASA's Hubble telescope show newborn stars emerging from 'eggs' -- dense, compact pockets of interstellar gas called evaporating gaseous globules or EGGs.
PIA12108:
Embryonic Stars Emerge from Interstellar "Eggs"
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WFPC2
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Several hundred never before seen galaxies are visible in this 'deepest-ever' view of the universe, called the Hubble Deep Field, made with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA12110:
Hubble Deep Field Image Unveils Myriad Galaxies Back to the Beginning of Time
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image is one of the first to be taken during Spitzer's warm mission -- a new phase that began after the telescope, which operated for more than five-and-a-half years, ran out of liquid coolant.
PIA12164:
Spitzer's First Warm Images
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-19 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer spacecraft and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory combined data making this diagram illustratrating the extent to which astronomers have been underestimating the proportion of small to big stars in certain galaxies.
PIA12174:
Adding up Stars in a Galaxy
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These two photographs were made by combining data from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer spacecraft and the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile to learn that not all galaxies make stars of different sizes in the same quantities.
PIA12175:
A Lesson in Counting Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-17 Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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One of Planck's first images is shown as a strip superimposed over a two dimensional projection of the whole sky as seen in visible light.
PIA12206:
Planck's First Glimpse at the Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a lump of material in a swirling, planet- forming disk. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that either another star or a planet could be pushing planetary material together, as illustrated here.
PIA12210:
Lump of Planetary Stuff (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-02 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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Some of the coldest and darkest dust in space shines brightly in this infrared image from the Herschel Observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important participation from NASA.
PIA12251:
Awash with Infrared Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-02 Herschel Space Observatory
SPIRE
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This image from the Herschel Observatory, a European Space Agency mission, reveals some of the coldest and darkest material in our galaxy. The yellow filaments show the coldest dust dotted with the youngest embryonic stars.
PIA12252:
Dark Wombs of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-02 Herschel Space Observatory
SPIRE
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In this infrared view from the Herschel Observatory, a European Space Agency mission, blue shows the warmest dust, and red, the coolest. The choppy clouds of gas and dust are just starting to condense into new stars.
PIA12253:
Dark Star-Making Factory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a nearly invisible ring around Saturn -- the largest of the giant planet's many rings. It was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA12257:
Saturn's Infrared Ring (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a nearly invisible ring around Saturn -- the largest of the giant planet's many rings. It was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA12256:
The King of Rings (Artist Concept)
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This image showcases the Saturnian system, beginning with the planet itself and panning out to its newest addition -- an enormous ring discovered in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA12258:
Saturn Family Tour
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-07 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This picture highlights a slice of Saturn's largest ring. The ring (red band) was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which detected infrared light, or heat, from the dusty ring material.
PIA12259:
Infrared Ring around Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-03 IRAS
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Nearly the entire sky, as seen in infrared wavelengths and projected at one-half degree resolution, is shown in this image, assembled from six months of data from the NASA's Infrared Astronomical Satellite, or IRAS.
PIA12335:
Infrared Astronomical Satellite's View of the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-10 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, NASA's Great Observatories -- Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Chandra X-ray Observatory -- have produced a matched trio of images of the central region of our Milky Way.
PIA12348:
Great Observatories' Unique Views of the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-17 IRAS
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The image on the left shows an infrared view of the center of our Milky Way galaxy as seen by the 1983 Infrared Astronomical Satellite, which surveyed the whole sky with only 62 pixels. The image on the right shows an infrared view similar to what NASA's
PIA12465:
The Next Generation of Infrared Views
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-17 IRAS
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This infrared view of the whole sky highlights the flat plane of our Milky Way galaxy (line across middle of image). NASA's WISE, will take a similar infrared census of the whole sky, only with much improved resolution and sensitivity.
PIA12467:
All-Sky Infrared Survey
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Are brown dwarfs born like stars, as in this rendering, or do they form like planets orbiting another star? A study by researchers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has led to the preliminary conclusion that they are formed much like a star.
PIA12376:
Dusty Beginnings of a Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows two young brown dwarfs, objects that fall somewhere between planets and stars in terms of their temperature and mass.
PIA12377:
Twin Brown Dwarfs Wrapped in a Blanket
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Every 27 years, a bright star called Epsilon Aurigae fades over period of two years, then brightens back up again. A companion is known to be surrounded by a dusty disk, as illustrated in this artist's concept.
PIA12484:
Mystery of the Fading Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, reveals the stars and dust in this galaxy as never seen before. This nearby satellite galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy is some 200,000 light-years away.
PIA12485:
Little Galaxy Explored
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This picture of the open star cluster NGC 7380 is a mosaic of images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission spanning an area on the sky of about 5 times the size of the full Moon.
PIA12868:
NGC 7380
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars.
PIA12959:
Cosmic Rosebud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Planck
High Frequency Instrument
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Filamentary structures in our Milky Way galaxy are apparent at large scales, as shown in this ESA image from Planck image, on the right, and small scales as seen the Herschel image on the left.
PIA12963:
Milky Way Dust at Different Scales
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Planck
IRAS
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This three-color combination constructed from ESA Planck's two highest frequency channels and an image obtained with the NASA's Infrared Astronomical Satellite shows local dust structures within 500 light-years of the sun.
PIA12964:
Tendrils of Cold Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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These two data plots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show a primitive supermassive black hole (top) compared to a typical one; usually, dust tori are missing and only gas disks are observed in primitive black holes.
PIA12965:
How to Spot a Primitive Black Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception illustrates one of the most primitive supermassive black holes known (central black dot) at the core of a young, star-rich galaxy.
PIA12966:
Prehistoric Black Hole (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-29 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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A composite image from NASA's Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes shows the dusty remains of a collapsed star, a supernova remnant called G54.1+0.3. The white source at the center is a dead star called a pulsar.
PIA12982:
Dusty Dead Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The image shows the Orion nebula, a happening place where stars are born.
PIA13005:
Orion's Dreamy Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-05 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This mosaic from NASA's WISE Telescope is of the Soul Nebula. It is an open cluster of stars surrounded by a cloud of dust and gas located about 6,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia, near the Heart Nebula.
PIA13014:
Soul Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A leggy cosmic creature comes out of hiding in this new infrared view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The spiral beauty, called IC 342 and sometimes the 'hidden galaxy,' is shrouded behind our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
PIA13021:
Hiding Out Behind the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-12 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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This image from ESA's Herschel Space Observatory shows of a portion of the Rosette nebula, a stellar nursery about 5,000 light-years from Earth in the Monoceros, or Unicorn, constellation.
PIA13028:
Big Babies in the Rosette Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-14 Hale Telescope
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This image taken with the Palomar Observatory's Hale Telescope, shows the light from three planets orbiting a star 120 light-years away. The planets' star, called HR8799, is located at the spot marked with an 'X.'
PIA13034:
Portrait of Distant Planets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates a hot, Neptune-sized planet called GJ 436b. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found evidence that GJ 436b, orbiting a star beyond our sun lacks methane -- an ingredient common to many planets in our own solar system.
PIA13054:
Exotic Exoplanet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-23 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 of an area of the sky over 12 times the size of the full Moon on the border of the constellations Sagittarius and Corona Australis.
PIA13064:
Star Clusters Young and Old, Near and Far
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-26 Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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The big Hunter in the sky is seen in a new light by Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA participation. The long-wavelength image shows most of the constellation Orion, highlighting turbid clouds of cold material.
PIA13066:
Planck's View of Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-30 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This heroic image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is of a special cloud of dust and gas in the constellation Canis Major catalogued as NGC 2359, or more commonly known as Thor's Helmet.
PIA13083:
Thor's Helmet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-06 Herschel Space Observatory
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SPIRE
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This image from NASA's Herschel, in the constellation of Vulpecula, shows an entire assembly line of newborn stars. The diffuse glow reveals the widespread cold reservoir of raw material that our Milky Way galaxy has in stock for building stars.
PIA13100:
Assembly Line of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-06 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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This image from NASA's Herschel, was taken looking towards a region of our Milky Way galaxy in the Eagle constellation, closer to the galactic center than our sun. Here, we see the outstanding end products of the stellar assembly line.
PIA13101:
Bursting with Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-06 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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The large bubble is an embryonic star that looks set to turn into one of the brightest stars in our Milky Way galaxy in this infrared image from the Herschel Space Telescope.
PIA13102:
Galactic Bubble
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-11 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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The dark hole seen in the green cloud at the top of this image, captured by ESA's Herschel Telescope, was likely carved out by multiple jets and blasts of radiation.
PIA13109:
Big Hole Revealed in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope contributed to the infrared component of the observations of a surprisingly large collections of galaxies (red dots in center). Shorter-wavelength infrared and visible data are provided by Japan's Subaru telescope.
PIA13134:
Galactic Metropolis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, showcases the Tadpole nebula, and asteroids that just happened to be cruising by.
PIA13110:
Asteroid Caught Marching Across Tadpole Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image is one of six images taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, showing that tight-knit twin, or binary stars might be triggered to form by asymmetrical envelopes.
PIA13149:
Blobs House Twin Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-20 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The Seagull nebula, seen in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, draws its common name from it resemblance to a gull in flight.
PIA13111:
Seagull Nebula -- Running with the Big Dog
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has captured a huge mosaic of two bubbling clouds in space, known as the Heart and Soul nebulae.
PIA13112:
Heart and Soul
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its core. The black hole is shooting out jets of radio waves.
PIA13168:
Backward Black Hole Shoots Powerful Jets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-07 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This mosaic image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is located in a constellation in the southern sky, Pavo, which is Latin for peacock.
PIA13114:
NGC 6744 -- A Sibling of the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer features comet 65/P Gunn. Comets are balls of dust and ice left over from the formation of the solar system. The comet's tail is seen here in red trailing off to the right of the comet's nucleus.
PIA13115:
WISE Catches Comet 65P/Gunn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-17 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer found a tail behind a galaxy called IC 3418. This star-studded tail was created as the galaxy plunged into gas in a family of galaxies known as the Virgo cluster.
PIA13192:
Now You See a Tail, Now You Don't
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Some might see a blood-red jellyfish, while others might see a pair of lips. In fact, the red-colored object in this new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is a sphere of stellar innards.
PIA13116:
Jumbo Jellyfish or Massive Star?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope using infrared light shows what astronomers think is one of the coldest brown dwarfs discovered so far (red dot in middle of frame).
PIA13216:
Cool as a Stellar Cucumber
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept shows hundreds of brown dwarfs (deep red), expected to be added to the population of known stars in our solar neighborhood. Our sun and other known stars appear white, yellow or red.
PIA13217:
Coolest Orbs on the Block (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-28 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows the nearby galaxy M83. This is a spiral galaxy approximately 15 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra, sometimes referred to as the southern Pinwheel galaxy.
PIA13117:
Southern Pinwheel
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-06 Planck
Planck LFI-HFI
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This image of the microwave sky was synthesized using data spanning the range of light frequencies detected by ESA's Planck. A vast portion of the sky is dominated by the diffuse emission from gas and dust in our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA13239:
Planck's View of the Whole Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-06 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Sending chills down the spine of all arachnophobes is the Tarantula nebula, seen in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer; the nebula is the largest star-forming region known in our entire Local Group of galaxies.
PIA13118:
WISE Spies the Tarantula Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This visible-light view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope highlights the bright M17 nebula, as well as the glowing hot gas filling the 'bubble' to its left.
PIA13240:
Dragon's Lair
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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A dragon-shaped cloud of dust seems to fly out from a bright explosion in this infrared light image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These views have revealed that this dark cloud, called M17 SWex, is forming stars at a furious rate.
PIA13241:
The Invisible Dragon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-12 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer takes in several interesting objects in the constellation Cassiopeia which are not easily seen in visible light. The red circle visible at upper left is SN 1572, often called Tycho's Supernova.
PIA13119:
Tycho's Supernova Remnant
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Astronomers have obtained the first clear look at a dusty disk closely encircling a massive baby star; this artist's concept shows what such a massive disk might look like.
PIA13275:
Disk Around a Massive Baby Star (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This star-forming region, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is dominated by the bright, young star IRAS 13481-6124; it is the first massive baby star for which astronomers could obtain a detailed look at the dusty disk closely encircling it.
PIA13276:
Massive Young Star and its Cradle
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