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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-26 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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Magenta spots in this image from NASA's NuSTAR show two black holes in the Circinus galaxy, located 13 million light-years from Earth in the Circinus constellation.
PIA17560:
Black Holes of the Circinus Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-26 Hubble Space Telescope
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Warping occurs naturally in nature in a phenomenon called strong gravitational lensing as shown in this image simulated from original images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA17559:
Warped Galaxies Quiz
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Subaru Telescope
IRAC
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The big blob-like structure shown here, named Himiko after the legendary ancient queen of Japan, turns out to be three galaxies thought to be in the process of merging into one.
PIA17558:
Three-headed Galactic Blob
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The new AllWISE catalog will bring distant galaxies that were once invisible out of hiding, as illustrated in this image. At right, a portion of the sky available before the AllWISE project; at left, the same part of the sky in a new AllWISE image.
PIA17557:
AllWISE Brings Galaxies Out of Hiding
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-14 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Very Large Array (VLA)
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New detailed radio data from the NRAO's Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) revealed that the large perpendicular extension of UGC 10288's halo (blue) is really a distant background galaxy with radio jets.
PIA17556:
Two Galaxies Masquerading as One
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
ALMA
IRAC
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Combined observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed the throes of stellar birth in the well-studied object known as HH 46/47.
PIA17555:
Bubbly Newborn Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
GALEX Telescope
WISE Telescope
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Evidence from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and Galaxy Evolution Explorer missions provide support for the 'inside-out' theory of galaxy evolution, which holds that star formation starts at the core of the galaxy and spreads outward.
PIA17554:
Galaxies Grow from Inside Out
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-30 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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An infrared portrait of the Witch Head nebula from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows billowy clouds where new stars are brewing.
PIA17553:
'Witch Head' Brews Baby Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This trio of ghostly images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the disembodied remains of dying stars called planetary nebulas. Planetary nebulas are a late stage in a sun-like star's life.
PIA17552:
Death Beckons Three Aging Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-25 Hubble Space Telescope
ALMA
Hubble Space Telescope
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The Boomerang nebula, called the 'coldest place in the universe,' reveals its true shape to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope. The background blue structure, is seen in visible light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA17551:
Ghostly 'Boomerang'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-25 Kepler
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This artist's concept illustrates the fate of two different planets: the one on the left is similar to Earth, made up largely of silicate-based rocks with oceans coating its surface.
PIA17550:
A Tale of Two Worlds: Silicate Versus Carbon Planets (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-30 Kepler
Spitzer Space Telescope
Kepler Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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Kepler-7b (right), which is 1.5 times the radius of Jupiter (left), is the first exoplanet to have its clouds mapped. The cloud map was produced using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes.
PIA17445:
Partially Cloudy Skies on Kepler-7b (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This schematic shows our solar bubble moving through nearby interstellar space, or the space between stars.
PIA17463:
Heliosphere Traveling Through Interstellar Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space. Interstellar space is dominated by the plasma, or ionized gas, that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars millions of years ago.
PIA17462:
Voyager 1 Entering Interstellar Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
Oschin Schmidt Telescope
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The image taken by the Oschin Schmidt Telescope, shows the star AC +79 3888, also known as Gliese 445. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, which is on a trajectory out of our solar system, is headed toward an encounter with AC +79 3888 (circled in red).
PIA17461:
Heading toward Gliese 445
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows the outer layers of our solar bubble, or heliosphere, and nearby interstellar space. NASA's Voyager 1 is currently exploring a region of interstellar space.
PIA17460:
Moving into Interstellar Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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The artist's concept on left is based on theoretical models predicting the direction and strength of magnetic field lines coming from the sun and interstellar space.
PIA17442:
Mystery of the Interstellar Magnetic Field (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This graphic of Voyager 1 shows its location when it crossed into interstellar space.
PIA17441:
Observed Change in Density Shows Voyager is in Interstellar Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager spacecraft against a backdrop of stars.
PIA17049:
Voyager in Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows the general locations of NASA's two Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 1 (top) has sailed beyond our solar bubble into interstellar space. Voyager 2 (bottom) is still exploring the outer layer of the solar bubble.
PIA17048:
One Voyager Out, One Voyager In (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
Very Long Baseline Array
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Radio telescopes cannot see Voyager 1 in visible light, but rather 'see' the spacecraft signal in radio light. This image of Voyager 1's signal on Feb. 21, 2013. At the time, Voyager 1 was 11.5 billion miles (18.5 billion kilometers) away.
PIA17047:
Voyager Signal Spotted By Earth Radio Telescopes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. NASA's spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history.
PIA17046:
Voyager Goes Interstellar (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
Plasma Wave Instrument
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This visual represents sounds captured of interstellar space by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft. Voyager 1's plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma.
PIA17045:
Voyager Captures Sounds of Interstellar Space Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The locations of brown dwarfs discovered by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, and mapped by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, are shown in this diagram as red circles.
PIA17259:
Brown Dwarf Backyardigans
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept portrays a free-floating brown dwarf, or failed star. A new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows that several of these objects are warmer than previously thought.
PIA17258:
Free-floating Failed Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-05 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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NASA's NuSTAR's serendipitous discovery in this field lies to the left of a galaxy, called IC751, at which the telescope originally intended to look.
PIA17440:
Black Holes Shine for NuSTAR
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this new view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA17256:
The Barred Sculptor Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Massive stars can wreak havoc on their surroundings, as can be seen in this new view of the Carina nebula from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA17257:
The Tortured Clouds of Eta Carinae
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
IRAC
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This image shows two of the galaxy clusters observed by NASA's WISE and Spitzer Space Telescope missions. Galaxy clusters are among the most massive structures in the universe.
PIA17253:
Monster in the Middle: Brightest Cluster Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-31 Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this artist's impression, a pair of stars peeks out from a tilted disk twirling around them, allowing astronomers to monitor their 'blinking' pattern.
PIA17252:
Dusty Hula Hoop Rings 'Blinking' Stellar Duo (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-17 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows a Super Venus planet on the left, and a Super Earth on the right. Researchers use a concept known as the habitable zone to distinguish between these two types of planets, which exist beyond our solar system.
PIA17250:
Toxic Wasteland or Lush Paradise? (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 6744, one of the galaxies most similar to our Milky Way in the local universe.
PIA17247:
Big Brother to the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows NGC 4565, one of the nearest and brightest galaxies not included in the famous list by 18th-century comet hunter Charles Messier.
PIA17246:
Galaxy's Pencil-Thin Profile
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) shows Messier 94, also known as NGC 4736, in ultraviolet light. It is located 17 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici.
PIA17245:
Ultraviolet Ring of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-27 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a region called the 'depletion region' or 'magnetic highway' at the outer limits of our heliosphere, the bubble the sun blows around itself.
PIA17034:
Transitional Regions at the Heliosphere's Outer Limits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-27 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun.
PIA17033:
Voyagers in the Heliosheath (Cropped)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-11 Herschel Space Observatory
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This illustration shows a newfound reservoir of stellar fuel discovered by the Herschel space observatory.
PIA17243:
Mapping Invisible Pools of Gas in Our Galaxy (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-11 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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The Sculptor galaxy is seen in a new light, in this composite image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Southern Observatory in Chile.
PIA17244:
Sculptor Galaxy Shines with X-rays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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There are nearly 200 galaxies within the marked circles in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are part of the Perseus-Pisces supercluster of galaxies located 250 million light-years away.
PIA17241:
Galaxies in Hiding
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
IRAC
WISE Telescope
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In what may look to some like an undersea image of coral and seaweed, a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is showing the birth and death of stars.
PIA17019:
Life and Death Intermingled
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
IRAC
WISE Telescope
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Dozens of newborn stars sprouting jets from their dusty cocoons have been spotted in images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This view shows a portion of sky near Canis Major.
PIA17018:
Stars Shoot Jets in Cosmic Playground
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a striking example of what is called a hierarchical bubble structure, in which one giant bubble, carved into the dust of space by massive stars, has triggered the formation of smaller bubbles.
PIA17017:
Bubbles Within Bubbles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-29 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This artist's concept catastrophic collisions between asteroids located in the belt between Mars and Jupiter and how they have formed families of objects on similar orbits around the sun.
PIA17016:
Asteroid Family's Shattered Past (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This cloud of glowing gas is the Iris nebula, also called NGC 7023.as seen in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It lies 1,300 light-years away in the Cepheus constellation.
PIA17015:
Infrared Iris
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-24 899x709x3
Created with the help of supercomputers, this frame from a simulation shows the formation of a massive galaxy during the first 2 billion years of the universe.
PIA17014:
Cosmic Swirly Straws Feed Galaxy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-22 Herschel Space Observatory
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ESA's Herschel Space Observatory first spotted the colliding duo in images taken with longer-wavelength infrared light (left) with a close-up view at right, with merging galaxies circled.
PIA17013:
The Making of a Giant Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-22 Herschel Space Observatory
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This frame from a simulation shows the merging of two massive galaxies. The merging galaxies are split into two views: a visible-light view on the left, and infrared view on the right.
PIA17012:
Mega Galaxy Merger Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows galaxy Messier 94, also known as NGC 4736? At first glance one might see a number of them, astronomers believe there is just one.
PIA17011:
Galactic Wheels within Wheels
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-09 Hale Telescope
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This image shows the HR 8799 planets with starlight optically suppressed and data processing conducted to remove residual starlight. Project 1640, NASA's JPL used the Palomar Observatory near San Diego to obtain detailed spectra of the four planets.
PIA17010:
Planetary Family Portrait
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-07 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's concept illustrates the frenzied activity at the core of our Milky Way galaxy. The galactic center hosts a supermassive black hole in the region known as Sagittarius A*, or Sgr A*, with a mass of about four million times that of our sun.
PIA17009:
Hustle and Bustle at Center of Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-23 Hubble Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The tiny red spot in this image is one of the most efficient star-making galaxies ever observed, converting gas into stars at the maximum possible rate. The galaxy is shown here is from NASA's WISE, which first spotted the rare galaxy in infrared light.
PIA17005:
Galaxy Packs Big Star-Making Punch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-19 Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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Backlit wisps along the Horsehead Nebula's upper ridge are being illuminated by Sigma Orionis, a young five-star system just off the top of this image from the Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA16008:
Hubble Sees a Horsehead of a Different Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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The artist's concept depicts Kepler-62e, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star smaller and cooler than the sun, located about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra.
PIA17004:
Kepler-62e (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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The artist's concept depicts Kepler-69c, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star like our sun, located about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
PIA17003:
Super-Venus (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts in the foreground planet Kepler-62f, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of its star, which is seen peeking out from behind the right edge of the planet.
PIA17002:
Morning Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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The artist's concept depicts Kepler-62f, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star smaller and cooler than the sun, located about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra.
PIA17001:
Kepler-62f, a Small Habitable Zone World (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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This diagram compares the planets of the inner solar system to Kepler-69, a two-planet system about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
PIA17000:
Kepler-69 and the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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This diagram compares the planets of the inner solar system to Kepler-62, a five-planet system about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. At seven billion years old, the star is somewhat older than the sun.
PIA16889:
Kepler-62 and the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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Relative sizes of Kepler habitable zone planets discovered as of 2013 April 18. Except for Earth, these are artists' renditions.
PIA16888:
Lining Kepler Habitable Zone Planets Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-17 Herschel Space Observatory
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This artist's impression shows the 'starburst' galaxy HFLS3. The galaxy appears as little more than a faint, red smudge in images from the Herschel space observatory.
PIA16887:
Artist's Impression of Starburst Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-04 Kepler
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This chart shows data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, which looks for planets by monitoring changes in the brightness of stars. As planets orbit in front of a star, they block the starlight, causing periodic dips.
PIA16886:
White Dwarfs: Small and Strong
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-04 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts an ultra-dense dead star, called a white dwarf, passing in front of a small red star. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler was able to detect gravitational lensing by measuring a strangely subtle dip in the star's brightness.
PIA16885:
Dead Star Warps Light of Red Star (Artist's Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-03 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
IRAC
Visible-Light
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The tip of the 'wing' of the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy is dazzling in this new view from NASA's Great Observatories. The SMC, is a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years way that orbits our own Milky Way spiral galaxy.
PIA16884:
Taken Under the 'Wing' of the Small Magellanic Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-29 Herschel Space Observatory
PACS
SPIRE
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W3 is an enormous stellar nursery about 6,200 light-years away in the Perseus Arm, one of the Milky Way galaxy's main spiral arms as seen by ESA's Herschel space observatory.
PIA16883:
Churning Out Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This artist's concept depicts the 'life' of a photon, or particle of light, as it travels across space and time, from the very early universe ESA's Planck satellite.
PIA16882:
A Journey of Light Through Space and Time Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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Tones represents sound waves that traveled through the early universe, and were later 'heard' by ESA's Planck space telescope. The primordial sound waves have been translated into frequencies we can hear.
PIA16881:
Sounds of the Ancient Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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ESA's Planck has imaged the most distant light we can observe, called the cosmic microwave background, with unprecedented precision.
PIA16880:
Through the Universe's Looking Glass Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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ESA's Planck mission has imaged the oldest light in our universe. The top map shows Planck's all-sky map of the cosmic microwave background, whereas the bottom map shows the largest-scale features of the map.
PIA16877:
Peculiar Features in Patterns of Ancient Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This illustration summarizes the almost 14-billion-year-long history of our universe. It shows the main events that occurred between the initial phase of the cosmos.
PIA16876:
The Story of Our Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This full-sky map from ESA's Planck mission shows matter between Earth and the edge of the observable universe. Regions with less mass show up as lighter areas while regions with more mass are darker.
PIA16875:
Map of Matter in the Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This graphic illustrates the evolution of satellites designed to measure ancient light leftover from the big bang that created our universe 13.8 billion years ago; NASA's COBE Explorer (left) and WMAP (middle), and ESA's Planck (right).
PIA16874:
The Universe Comes into Sharper Focus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This map shows the oldest light in our universe, as detected with the greatest precision yet by ESA's Planck mission. The ancient light, called the cosmic microwave background, was imprinted on the sky when the universe was 370,000 years old.
PIA16873:
Best Map Ever of the Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-19 Herschel Space Observatory
Herschel Telescope
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Astronomers have discovered some of the youngest stars ever seen thanks to the Herschel space observatory; dense envelopes of gas and dust surround the fledging stars known as protostars, make their detection difficult until now.
PIA16839:
Infant Stars Peek Out from Dusty Cradles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-11 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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WISE J104915.57-531906, center of the larger image, was taken by the NASA's WISE. This is the closest star system discovered since 1916, and the third closest to our sun. It is 6.5 light-years away.
PIA16872:
Two Brown Dwarfs in Our Backyard
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-05 Rosette Nebula Herschel Space Observatory
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Artist's impression of Herschel is set against an image captured by the observatory, showing baby stars forming in the Rosette nebula. The bright spots are dusty cocoons containing massive forming stars, each one up to ten times the mass of our own sun.
PIA16871:
Herschel's Cool Universe (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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This image taken by the ultraviolet-light monitoring camera on the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton telescope shows the beautiful spiral arms of the galaxy NGC1365.
PIA16699:
NuSTAR's Improved View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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Scientists measure the spin rates of supermassive black holes by spreading the X-ray light into different colors. The light comes from accretion disks that swirl around black holes, as shown in both of the artist's concepts.
PIA16697:
Two Models of Black Hole Spin (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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Black holes are tremendous objects whose immense gravity can distort and twist space-time, the fabric that shapes our universe as this chart from NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescope illustrates.
PIA16696:
How to Measure the Spin of a Black Hole (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
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This artist's concept illustrates a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun. Supermassive black holes are enormously dense objects buried at the hearts of galaxies.
PIA16695:
Black Holes: Monsters in Space (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler mission compares artist's concepts of the planets in the Kepler-37 system to the moon and planets in the solar system. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon.
PIA16694:
A Moon-size Line Up (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star like our sun, approximately 210 light-years away in the constellation Lyra.
PIA16693:
A Tiny Planet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-07 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a police strobe light.
PIA16690:
Protostar LRLL 54361
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Two young binary stars may be the source of mysterious clock-like bursts of light from an object called LRLL 54361 that lies inside the star-forming region IC 348, located 950 light-years away.
PIA16689:
Artist's Impression of Pulsating Object LRLL 54361
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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 2013-01-28 M31 Herschel Space Observatory
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SPIRE
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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 2013-01-28 M31 Herschel Space Observatory
SPIRE
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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 2013-01-22 Herschel Space Observatory
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The red supergiant star Betelgeuse (center) is surrounded by a clumpy envelope of material in its immediate vicinity in this view from the Herschel Space Observatory.
PIA16680:
Betelgeuse's Enigmatic Environment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-10 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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Computer simulations of the collision between NGC 6872 and IC 4970 reproduce the basic features of the galaxies as we see them today.
PIA16614:
Simulation of Galactic Collision (Simulation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-10 ESO Very Large Telescope
Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This composite of the giant barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 is 522,000 light-years across, making it about five times the size of the Milky Way.
PIA16613:
Dwarf Galaxy Spotted
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-09 Herschel Space Observatory
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ESA's Herschel Space Observatory captured asteroid Apophis in its field of view during the approach to Earth on Jan. 5 and 6, 2013.
PIA16675:
Herschel's Three-Color View of Asteroid Apophis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Herschel Space Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates an asteroid belt around the bright star Vega. Evidence for this warm ring of debris was found using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory.
PIA16610:
Rocky Ring of Debris Around Vega (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-08 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception illustrates the brown dwarf named 2MASSJ22282889-431026. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes observed the object to learn more about its turbulent atmosphere.
PIA16609:
Forecast for Exotic Weather (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-07 Cassiopeia A NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This new view of the historical supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, located 11,000 light-years away, was taken by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. While the star is long dead, its remains are still bursting with action.
PIA16606:
Sizzling Remains of a Dead Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-07 NuSTAR
NuSTAR
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This new view of spiral galaxy IC 342, also known as Caldwell 5, includes data from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. IC 342 lies 7 million light-years away in the Camelopardalis constellation.
PIA16605:
Blazing Black Holes Spotted in Spiral Beauty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The giant star Zeta Ophiuchi, a young, large and hot star located around 370 light-years away, is having a 'shocking' effect on the surrounding dust clouds in this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA16604:
Massive Star Makes Waves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-13 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Very Large Space Telescope (VLT)
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The spiral galaxy NGC 3627, located about 30 million light years from Earth as seen by four NASA telescopes; inset shows the central region, which contains a bright X-ray source that is likely powered by material falling onto a supermassive black hole.
PIA15806:
NGC 3627: Revealing Hidden Black Holes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-06 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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A galaxy cluster 7.7 billion light-years away has been discovered using infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The discovery image is shown in the main panel.
PIA16601:
WISE Finds a Galactic Metropolis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This image from a set of animations show NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft exploring a new region in our solar system called the 'magnetic highway'.
PIA16486:
Voyager 1 Explores the "Magnetic Highway" Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows the different expected directions of the magnetic fields in interstellar space (black lines) and the magnetic field emanating from our sun (white lines) as NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft travels northward out of the heliosphere.
PIA16485:
Solar and Interstellar Magnetic Fields (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows plasma flows around NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft as it approaches interstellar space. Voyager 1's low-energy charged particle instrument detects the speed of the wind of plasma, or hot ionized gas, streaming off the sun.
PIA16483:
Plasma Flow Near Voyager 1 (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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