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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-25 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A colorful collection of galaxy specimens from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission showcases galaxies of several types, from elegant grand design spirals to more patchy flocculent spirals.
PIA14098:
The Galaxy Menagerie from WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-25 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This montage combines observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) spacecraft showing three examples of colliding galaxies from a new photo atlas of galactic 'train wrecks.'
PIA14097:
Galactic Train Wrecks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-23 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Star clusters such as the Pleiades are often considered some of the most beautiful objects in the sky. This image of the star cluster NGC 2259 is from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA14096:
Star Cluster Overshadowed by Infrared Objects
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-19 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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New results from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the Anglo-Australian Telescope atop Siding Spring Mountain in Australia confirm that dark energy is a smooth, uniform force that now dominates over the effects of gravity.
PIA14094:
Dark Energy and Gravity: Yin and Yang of the Universe (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-05 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, shows three different nebulae located in the constellation of Perseus. NGC 1491 is seen on the right side of the image, SH 2-209 is on the left side and BFS 34 lies in between.
PIA14092:
Nebulae: Not as Close as They Appear
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-25 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is a little like the Vincent van Gogh of the infrared sky, providing the world with picturesque images of the cosmos by representing infrared light through color. This image is the nebula NGC 2174.
PIA14091:
The 'van Gogh' of the Infrared Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-21 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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These postage-stamp images taken by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer are helping to solve a mystery -- why do the littlest of galaxies produce the biggest of star explosions, or supernovae?
PIA14090:
Little Galaxies Pack a Big Punch
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, shows a giant nebula around Lambda Orionis, inflating Orion's head to huge proportions.
PIA14040:
Orion's Big Head Revealed in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-14 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image is a map of the portion of the sky covered by the preliminary release of WISE data. WISE surveyed the entire sky in four infrared wavelengths in 2010. This map is centered on the Milky Way galaxy.
PIA14039:
Mapping the Infrared Universe: Part 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-13 Herschel Space Observatory
Infrared Telescope
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Dense filaments of gas in the IC5146 interstellar cloud can be seen clearly in this image taken in infrared light by the Herschel space observatory. The blue region is a stellar nursery known as the Cocoon nebula.
PIA14038:
Star-Studded Strings around Cocoon Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-08 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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In the Perseus spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy, opposite the galactic center, lies the nebula SH 2-235. As seen in infrared light, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer reveals SH 2-235 to be a huge star formation complex.
PIA13995:
WISE Eyes Evolution of Massive Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-08 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This artist's concept illustrates a young, red dwarf star surrounded by three planets. NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is helping to identify young, red dwarf stars that are close to us by detecting their ultraviolet light.
PIA13994:
Planets Under a Red Sun (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-04 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope took this image of a baby star sprouting two identical jets (green lines emanating from fuzzy star). The left jet was hidden behind a dark cloud, which Spitzer can see through.
PIA13930:
It's Twins! Spitzer Finds Hidden Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-04 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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This image layout shows two views of the same baby star from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Spitzer's view shows that this star has a second, identical jet shooting off in the opposite direction of the first.
PIA13929:
Undercover Jet Exposed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-01 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A rich collection of colorful astronomical objects is revealed in this picturesque image of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer; the cloud is found rising above the plane of the Milky Way in the night sky.
PIA13974:
WISE Unveils a Treasure Trove of Beauty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-29 Kuiper Belt 2100x1995x3
These artist's concepts show some of the best known objects found outside Neptune's orbit. Included are Pluto and fellow plutinos, Kuiper Belt Objects, and an Oort Cloud object.
PIA17308:
Transneptunian Object Sizes (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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There's something special going on in the nearby Circinus galaxy, as revealed by this image from NASA's WISE telescope. The Circinus galaxy is located in the constellation of Circinus and is obscured by the plane of our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA13942:
A Super Special Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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A view from the bustling center of our galactic metropolis. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope offers a fresh, infrared view of the frenzied scene at the center of our Milky Way, revealing what lies behind the dust.
PIA13932:
Stars Gather in 'Downtown' Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, features a region of star birth wrapped in a blanket of dust, colored green in this infrared view.
PIA13933:
A Celestial Shamrock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-10 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer captured this image of the star Alpha Camelopardalis, or Alpha Cam speeding through the sky like a motorcyclist zipping through rush-hour traffic. The supergiant star Alpha Cam is the bright star in the middle.
PIA13908:
Speed-Demon Star Creates a Shock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-04 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, captured this image of a star-forming cloud of dust and gas located in the constellation of Monoceros. Sh2-284 is relatively isolated at the very end of an outer spiral arm of our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA13904:
Pointing a Finger at Star Formation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infrared light from the Sunflower galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 63. Spitzer's view highlights the galaxy's dusty spiral arms.
PIA13901:
Sunflower Galaxy Glows with Infrared Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This view of the Sunflower galaxy highlights a variety of infrared wavelengths captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA13900:
Spitzer's Sunflower Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-01 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This large mosaic image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, features the wreckage of an exploded star, as well as other stars nearing the end of their lives.
PIA13885:
Beyond the Veil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-19 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer captured this colorful image of the nebula BFS 29 surrounding the star CE-Camelopardalis, found hovering in the band of the night sky comprising the Milky Way.
PIA13459:
Supergiant Star Near Giraffe's Hind Foot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-18 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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On the morning of February 1, 2011, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, took its last snapshot of the sky. WISE's final picture shows thousands of stars in a patch of the Milky Way galaxy in the constellation Perseus.
PIA13458:
WISE's Last Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-17 Herschel Space Observatory
Infrared Telescope
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A region of the sky called the 'Lockman Hole,' located in the constellation of Ursa Major, is one of the areas surveyed in infrared light by the Herschel Space Observatory.
PIA13864:
Herschel's View of 'Lockman Hole'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This view of the North America nebula combines both visible and infrared light observations, taken by the Digitized Sky Survey and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Clusters of young stars (about one million years old) can be found throughout the image.
PIA13845:
North America Nebula in Different Lights
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
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This visible light/infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a swirling landscape of stars known as the North America nebula. Clusters of young stars (about one million years old) can be found throughout the image.
PIA13844:
An Extended Stellar Family
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a swirling landscape of stars known as the North America nebula. Clusters of young stars (about one million years old) can be found throughout the image.
PIA13843:
The Case of the Disappearing Continent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-02 Kepler
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This artist's concept shows Kepler-11 -- the most tightly packed planetary system yet discovered.
PIA13833:
Kepler-11 Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-01 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, shows four galaxies in the Virgo cluster: Messier 59, Messier 60, NGC 4647, and NGC 4638. It also shows the tracks of three asteroids, which appear in this image as trails of green dots.
PIA13456:
Asteroids in Virgo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-01 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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During its one-year mission, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, mapped the entire sky in infrared light. Among the multitudes of astronomical bodies that have been discovered by the NEOWISE portion of the WISE mission are 20 comets.
PIA13457:
Comets WISE -- A Family Portrait
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The blue star near the center of this image is Zeta Ophiuchi. Zeta Ophiuchi is actually a very massive, hot, bright blue star plowing its way through a large cloud of interstellar dust and gas in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA13455:
Zeta Ophiuchi -- Runaway Star Plowing through Space Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Maffei 2 is the poster child for an infrared galaxy that is almost invisible to optical telescopes. But this infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope penetrates the dust to reveal the galaxy in all its glory.
PIA13789:
The Hidden Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Explorer features two stunning galaxies engaged in an intergalactic dance. The galaxies, Messier 81 and Messier 82, swept by each other a few hundred million years ago.
PIA13454:
WISE Beholds a Pair of Dancing Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-12 Subaru Telescope
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Astronomers have discovered a massive cluster of young galaxies forming in the distant universe. The growing galactic metropolis is known as COSMOS-AzTEC3. This image was taken Japan's Subaru telescope atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
PIA13782:
Galactic City at the Edge of the Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to show that a 'standard candle' used to measure cosmological distances is shrinking, a finding that affects precise measurements of the age, size and expansion rate of our universe.
PIA13781:
Standard Candle in the Wind
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-11 Planck
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This map illustrates the numerous star-forming clouds, called cold cores, that European Space Agency's Planck observed throughout our Milky Way galaxy. Planck detected around 10,000 of these cores, thousands of which had never been seen before.
PIA13779:
Clumps of Cold Stuff Across the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-10 Kepler
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Artist's concept of the first rocky world discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The planet, called Kepler 10-b, is shown in front of its host star.
PIA13776:
NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Its First Rocky Planet (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-06 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This colorful picture is a mosaic of Messier 8, or the Lagoon nebula, taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. This nebula is composed of clouds of gas and dust in which new stars are forming.
PIA13453:
WISE Catches the Lagoon Nebula in Center of Action
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-05 Herschel Space Observatory
Infrared Telescope
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This mosaic of the Andromeda spiral galaxy highlights explosive stars in its interior, and cooler, dusty stars forming in its many rings. This is a combination of observations from the Herschel Space Observatory and the XMM-Newton telescope.
PIA13771:
Andromeda is So Hot 'n' Cold
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-04 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows of one of our closest neighboring galaxies, Messier 33. Also named the Triangulum galaxy, M33 is one of largest members in our small neighborhood of galaxies -- the Local Group.
PIA13452:
WISE Spies a Galactic Neighbor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-27 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes in front of the Sun's face in this image from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13737:
Phobos Passes in Front of Sun's Face, Nov. 9, 2010 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-27 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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The sun descends to the Martian horizon and sets in this image from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. A movie is available at the Photojournal.
PIA13736:
Sunset Watched by Opportunity, November 2010 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-22 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows the Lambda Centauri nebula, a star-forming cloud in our Milky Way galaxy, also known as the Running Chicken nebula.
PIA13451:
Chasing Chickens in the Lambda Centauri Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-15 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Explorer, the mission team put together this image showing just a sample of the millions of galaxies that have been imaged by WISE during its survey of the entire sky.
PIA13450:
A Collage of Nearby Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-09 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This oddly colorful nebula is the supernova remnant IC 443 as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer; the Jellyfish nebula is particularly interesting because it provides a look into how stellar explosions interact with their environment.
PIA13449:
An Explosion of Infrared Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows the searing-hot gas planet WASP-12b (orange orb) and its star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope discovered that the planet has more carbon than oxygen, making it the first carbon-rich planet ever observed.
PIA13691:
Hot, Carbon-Rich Planet (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates the presence of molecules in the planet WASP-12b -- a super-hot gas giant that orbits tightly around its star.
PIA13690:
Signature of a Carbon-Rich Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-02 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This mosaic image taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, features three nebulae that are part of the giant Orion Molecular Cloud. Included in this view are the Flame nebula, the Horsehead nebula and NGC 2023.
PIA13448:
A Flame in Orion's Belt
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Very Large Array (VLA)
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This diagram shows findings of results of observations made primarily by NASA's Spitzer Telescopes and the Very Large Array radio telescope and illuminates new details about a celestial 'sandbar' connecting two massive islands of galaxies.
PIA13638:
Bent Galactic Jets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-24 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey captured this view of a runaway star racing away from its original home. Surrounded by a glowing cloud of gas and dust, the star AE Aurigae appears on fire. Appropriately, the cloud is called the Flaming Star nebula.
PIA13447:
WISE Catches a Runaway Star in Flames
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-19 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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A brilliant burst of star formation is revealed in this image combining observations from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes. The collision of two spiral galaxies has triggered this luminous starburst.
PIA13632:
Shrouded Starburst
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image composite shows two views of a puffy, dying star, or planetary nebula, known as NGC 1514. At left is a view from a ground-based, visible-light telescope; the view on the right shows the object in infrared light from NASA's WISE telescope.
PIA13446:
A Dying Star in a Different Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-17 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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A colorful creature in a starry sea stands out in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer; infrared light that has been assigned visible colors we see with our eyes. The jellyfish-looking object is actually a very close pair of dying stars.
PIA13445:
Cosmic Ocean Dweller
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-11 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the distribution of dark matter in the center of the giant galaxy cluster Abell 1689, containing about 1,000 galaxies and trillions of stars.
PIA13616:
Shedding 'Bent' Light on Dark Matter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-09 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The green dot in the middle of this image might look like an emerald amidst glittering diamonds, but is a dim star belonging to a class called brown dwarfs; it is the first ultra-cool brown dwarf discovered by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA13444:
Collecting Brown Dwarfs in the Night Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Herschel Space Observatory
Infrared Telescope
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This image composite shows a warped and magnified view of a galaxy discovered by the Herschel Space Observatory, one of five such galaxies uncovered by the infrared telescope. The galaxy, referred to as 'SDP 81' is the yellow dot in the left image.
PIA13571:
Analyzing the Pieces of a Warped Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-02 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer has uncovered a striking population of young stellar objects in a complex of dense, dark clouds in the southern constellation of Circinus.
PIA13443:
Star Formation in the Circinus Molecular Cloud Complex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-27 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer captured this colorful image of the reflection nebula IRAS 12116-6001. This cloud of interstellar dust cannot be seen directly in visible light, but WISE's detectors observed the nebula at infrared wavelengths.
PIA13442:
Dark Reflections in the Southern Cross
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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An infrared photo of the Small Magellanic Cloud taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is shown in this artist's illustration; an example of a planetary nebula, and a magnified depiction of buckyballs.
PIA13551:
Extragalactic Space Balls (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-20 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The aptly named Cocoon nebula is featured in this image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. This cloud of dust and gas is located in the constellation Cygnus, and is wrapped in a dark cloud of dust called Barnard 168.
PIA13441:
Cosmic Cocoon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows how astronomers located a hot spot on a distant gas planet named upsilon Andromedae b. Termed an exoplanet, it orbits a star beyond our sun, and whips around very closely to its star.
PIA13495:
How to Find a Planetary Hot Spot
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This frame from an animation based on NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope data illustrates an unexpected warm spot on the surface of a gaseous exoplanet.The bright orange patches are the hottest part of the planet.
PIA13494:
Weird Warm Spot on Exoplanet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept based on data found by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows upsilon Andromedae b, a hot gas giant that whips around its star every 4.6 days. Because it is so close to its star, it is tidally locked.
PIA13493:
Planetary Hot Spot Not Under the Glare of Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-13 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The Sculptor galaxy, or NGC 253, is seen in a rainbow of infrared colors in this mosaic by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The Sculptor galaxy can be seen by observers in the southern hemisphere with a pair of good binoculars.
PIA13440:
The Many Infrared 'Personalities' of the Sculptor Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A giant star in a faraway galaxy recently ended its life with a dust-shrouded whimper instead of the more typical bang in this artist's concept based on data from Spitzer's Space Telescope.
PIA13478:
Giant Star Goes Supernova, Smothered by its own Dust (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-29 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer captured this image of a hidden star-forming cloud of dust and gas located in the constellation of Cepheus. What appears to the naked eye as the blackness of space is in fact a dark nebula.
PIA13129:
The Dark Heart of the King
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This series of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dark mass of gas and dust, called a core, where new stars and planets will likely spring up. This particular core lies deep within a larger dark cloud called L183.
PIA13409:
An Unexpected Scattering of Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Gripped in the claw of the constellation Scorpius sits the reflection nebula DG 129, a cloud of gas and dust that reflects light from nearby, bright stars. This infrared view of the nebula was captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA13128:
In the Grip of the Scorpion's Claw
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-21 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Nebulae are enormous clouds of dust and gas occupying the space between the stars. Simply called LBN 114.55+00.22, is seen here in an image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
PIA13127:
A Nebula by Any Other Name
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-09 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Galaxy Messier 74, with its spiral arms seen face-on, is in the center of this image captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, while an asteroid tracks its way across the sky.
PIA13376:
A Spiral Galaxy is Visited by a Trojan War Hero
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-09-01 Herschel Space Observatory
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SPIRE
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This ESA Herschel image shows IRC+10216, also known as CW Leonis, a star rich in carbon where astronomers were surprised to find water. This color-coded image shows the star, surrounded by a clumpy envelope of dust.
PIA13358:
Water Around a Carbon Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-26 NGC 6791 Kepler
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This artist's concept illustrates the two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The star system is oriented edge-on, as seen by Kepler, such that both planets cross in front, or transit, their star, named Kepler-9.
PIA13351:
Worlds on the Edge (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-25 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Unicorns and roses are usually the stuff of fairy tales, but a new cosmic image taken by NASA's WISE mission shows the Rosette nebula in the constellation Monoceros, or the Unicorn.
PIA13126:
WISE Captures the Unicorn's Rose
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates an imminent planetary collision around a pair of double stars. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such collisions could be common around a certain type of tight double, or binary, star system.
PIA13347:
Before the Smashup (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates a tight pair of stars and a surrounding disk of dust, most likely the shattered remains of planetary smashups. Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the scientists found dusty evidence for such collisions.
PIA13346:
Circle of Planetary Ashes (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-19 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the inner region of Abell 1689, an immense cluster of galaxies located 2.2 billion light-years away. The cluster's gravitational field is warping light from background galaxies, causing them to appear as arcs.
PIA13339:
Fun House Mirror in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Astronomers have found that stars are forming more rapidly in the center of a distant galaxy cluster than at its edges, which is completely reversed from galaxy clusters seen in the local universe.
PIA13335:
Ancient Galaxy Cluster Still Producing Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has captured a favorite observing target of amateur astronomers, Omega Centauri. This celestial cluster of stars can be found in the constellation Centaurus.
PIA13125:
Omega Centauri
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-11 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Hubble Space Telescope
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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Astronomers have found unexpected rings and arcs of ultraviolet light around a selection of galaxies, four of which are shown here as viewed by NASA's and the European Space Agency's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA13318:
Ultraviolet Ring Around the Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-10 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer highlights the Small Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years away. Located in the constellation Tucana, the Small Magellanic Cloud looks like a wispy cloud encircling the south celestial pole.
PIA13124:
WISE's View of a Wispy Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image of two tangled galaxies has been released by NASA's Great Observatories. The Antennae galaxies are shown in this composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA13316:
NASA's Great Observatories Witness a Galactic Spectacle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-03 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has seen a cluster of newborn stars enclosed in a cocoon of dust and gas in the constellation Camelopardalis.
PIA13123:
WISE Reveals a Hidden Star Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a wispy, vast structure in the constellation Perseus with a small bubble right in its center puffed out by spasms of fresh-formed, heavyweight stars.
PIA13304:
Awash in Green and Red
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A star-forming region shines from the considerable distance of more than 30,000 light-years away in the upper left of this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This image is a combination of data from Spitzer and the Two Micron All Sky Survey.
PIA13303:
Beastly Stars and a Bubble
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image shows an outflow of gas from a new star as it jets from a space object dubbed IRAS 21078+5211. The reddish blob in its center, as picked up by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope contrasts nicely with the clouds, colored green, that surround it.
PIA13302:
A Shocking Outflow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Two extremely bright stars illuminate a greenish mist in this image from the new 'GLIMPSE360' survey from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The fog is comprised of hydrogen and carbon compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
PIA13301:
Bright Lights, Green City
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-27 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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New stars are forming inside this giant cloud of dust and gas as seen in infrared light by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, spanning across the constellation Vela.
PIA13122:
WISE Peers into the Stellar Darkness
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's image illustrates vibrating buckyballs -- spherical molecules of carbon discovered in space for the first time by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA13290:
Buckyballs Jiggle Like Jello (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image illustrates that buckyballs -- discovered in space by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- closely resemble old fashioned, black-and-white soccer balls, only on much smaller scales.
PIA13289:
Mini Soccer Balls in Space Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-22 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has at last found buckyballs (resembling soccer balls) in space shown in this artist's concept using Hubble's picture of the NGC 2440 nebula. Hubble image cred: NASA, ESA, STScI
PIA13288:
Space Balls (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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These data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show the signatures of buckyballs in space. Buckyballs, also called C60 or buckministerfullerenes, after architect Buckminister Fuller's geodesic domes.
PIA13287:
Jiggling Soccer-Ball Molecules in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image shows the famous Pleiades cluster of stars as seen through the eyes of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer; they are what astronomers call an open cluster of stars, loosely bound to each other to eventually go their separate ways.
PIA13121:
Seven Sisters Get WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-16 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This image is an all-sky infrared map consisting of data taken by previous missions: the Infrared Astronomical Satellite; NASA's Cosmic Background Explorer; and the Two-Micron All-Sky Survey.
PIA13120:
WISE Eyes the Whole Sky Animation Icon
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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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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 2010-07-12 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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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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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