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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first three-dimensional images of the Sun. The structure of the corona shows well in this image.
PIA09322:
Close-up View of an Active Region of the Sun, March 23, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first three-dimensional images of the Sun. The structure of the corona shows well in this image. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA09321:
Full Disk Image of the Sun, March 26, 2007 (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-27 Sol (our sun) Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
SECCHI/Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope
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NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first three-dimensional images of the Sun. The structure of the corona shows well in this image.
PIA09320:
Full Disk Image of the Sun, March 26, 2007
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-18 Rosette Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is of the Rosette nebula, a turbulent star-forming region located 5,000 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros.
PIA09268:
Infrared Rose Animation Icon
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Rosette nebula, a pretty star-forming region more than 5,000 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros.
PIA09267:
Every Rose has a Thorn
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope surveyed the danger zones around five O-stars in the Rosette nebula. This artist's animation illustrates how this process works.
PIA09266:
Highway to the Danger Zone (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-16 Pleiades Spitzer Space Telescope
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The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades star cluster, seem to float on a bed of feathers in a new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Clouds of dust sweep around the stars, swaddling them in a cushiony veil.
PIA09263:
The Seven Sisters Pose for Spitzer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-16 Pleiades Spitzer Space Telescope
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The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades star cluster, seem to float on a bed of feathers in a new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Clouds of dust sweep around the stars, swaddling them in a cushiony veil.
PIA09262:
Pink Pleiades
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's image depicts a faraway solar system like our own except for one big difference. Planets and asteroids circle around not one, but two suns. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such solar systems may be common in the universe.
PIA09229:
Two Suns Raise Family of Planetary Bodies (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have revealed that mature planetary systems -- dusty disks of asteroids, comets and possibly planets -- are more frequent around close-knit twin, or binary, stars than single stars like our sun.
PIA09228:
Alien Sunset (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This diagram illustrates that mature planetary systems like our own might be more common around twin, or binary, stars that are either really close together, or really far apart.
PIA09227:
Where Planets Take up Residence
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-07 Z Camelopardalis Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This artist's concept is of Z Camelopardalis (Z Cam), a stellar system featuring a collapsed, dead star, or white dwarf, and a companion star. This image shows one of the first regions of Mars measured after CRISM's cover was opened
PIA09221:
Explosions - Large and Small (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-07 Z Camelopardalis Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Far-ultraviolet Detector
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This composite image NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows Z Camelopardalis, or Z Cam, a double-star system featuring a collapsed, dead star, called a white dwarf, and a companion star, as well as a ghostly shell around the system.
PIA09220:
Scene of Multiple Explosions Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-07 Z Camelopardalis Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Far-ultraviolet Detector
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This enhanced image from the far-ultraviolet detector on NASA's Galaxy Evolution shows a ghostly shell of ionized gas around Z Camelopardalis, a binary, or double-star system featuring a collapsed, dead star known as a white dwarf, and a companion star.
PIA09219:
Ghostly Remnant of an Explosive Past Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept, based on spectral observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star.
PIA09200:
Exotic Atmospheres (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called 'hot Jupiter' called HD 189733b, might be smothered with high clouds.
PIA09199:
Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called 'hot Jupiter' called HD 189733b, might be smothered with high clouds.
PIA09198:
Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- called a spectrum -- tells astronomers that a distant gas planet, a so-called 'hot Jupiter' called HD 189733b, might be smothered with high clouds.
PIA09197:
Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds
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This diagram illustrates how astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope can capture the elusive spectra of hot-Jupiter planets. Spectra are an object's light spread apart into its basic components, or wavelengths.
PIA09196:
How to Pluck a Spectrum from a Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-13 Hubble Space Telescope
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This image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, shows the colorful 'last hurrah' of a star like our Sun. The star is ending its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which formed a cocoon around the star's remaining core.
PIA09194:
The Colorful Demise of a Sun-like Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-12 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.
PIA09178:
Comets Kick up Dust in Helix Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Tipped toward Earth and illuminated by the star, these rings look like ellipses in images taken with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The massive star at the center, which lies within the constellation Sagittarius, is about 7,200 light-years from Earth.
PIA09119:
Luminous Blue Variable: Destined To Be a Supernova?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a gas-giant planet orbiting very close to its parent star, creating searingly hot conditions on the planet's surface
PIA09118:
Forecasting Weather on Distant Worlds (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-26 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This is an artist's concept of a hypothetical 10-million-year-old star system. The bright blur at the center is a star much like our sun. The other orb in the image is a gas-giant planet like Jupiter.
PIA09117:
Gas Giants Form Quickly (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-16 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescope combined to show a pair of interacting galaxies might be experiencing the galactic equivalent of a mid-life crisis.
PIA09106:
Older Galaxy Pair Has Surprisingly Youthful Glow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This image composite highlights the pillars of the Eagle nebula, as seen in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (bottom) and visible light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top insets).
PIA09109:
Unwrapping the Pillars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This set of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Eagle nebula in different hues of infrared light. Each view tells a different tale.
PIA09108:
Eagle Nebula Flaunts its Infrared Feathers
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This majestic view taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells an untold story of life and death in the Eagle nebula, an industrious star-making factory located 7,000 light-years away in the Serpens constellation.
PIA09107:
Cosmic Epic Unfolds in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This is an image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of stars and galaxies in the Ursa Major constellation. This infrared image covers a region of space so large that light would take up to 100 million years to travel across it.
PIA09100:
The Universe's First Fireworks
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This artist's concept illustrates the universe's early years, from its explosive formation to its dark ages to its first stars and mini-galaxies. Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found patches of infrared light splattered across the sky.
PIA09099:
Stars Spring up Out of the Darkness (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Infant stars are glowing gloriously in this image of the Serpens star-forming region, captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The reddish-pink dots are baby stars deeply embedded in the cosmic cloud of gas and dust that collapsed to create it.
PIA09072:
Seeing Stars in Serpens
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This is a composite image of N49, the brightest supernova remnant in optical light in the Large Magellanic Cloud; the image combines data from the Chandra X-ray Telescope (blue) and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (red).
PIA09071:
Stellar Debris in the Large Magellanic Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (left panel) shows the 'bow shock' of a dying star named R Hydrae, or R Hya, in the constellation Hydra.
PIA09070:
Red Giant Plunging Through Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-05 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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This artist's concept shows a supermassive black hole at the center of a remote galaxy digesting the remnants of a star.
PIA01884:
Black Hole Grabs Starry Snack (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-11-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have teamed up to expose the chaos that baby stars are creating 1,500 light-years away in a cosmic cloud called the Orion nebula.
PIA01322:
Chaos at the Heart of Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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A star's spectacular death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D. This composite image uses data from three of NASA's Great Observatories. The Chandra X-ray, Hubble Space, and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA01320:
Dead Star Creates Celestial Havoc
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows what astronomers are referring to as a 'snake' (upper left) and its surrounding stormy environment.
PIA01318:
Where Galactic Snakes Live
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-26 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the scattered remains of an exploded star named Cassiopeia A. Spitzer's infrared detectors 'picked' through these remains and found that much of the star's original layering had been preserved.
PIA01903:
Lighting up a Dead Star's Layers
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This artist's concept shows the explosion of a massive star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that the star exploded with some degree of order.
PIA01902:
Order Amidst Chaos of Star's Explosion (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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This artist concept shows that NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that this star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A, exploded with some degree of order, preserving chunks of its onion-like layers as it blasted apart.
PIA01901:
Once an Onion, Always an Onion (Artist Concept)
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This artist's concept shows a Jupiter-like planet soaking up the scorching rays of its nearby 'sun.' This NASA Spitzer Space Telescope illustration portrays how the planet would appear to infrared eyes, showing temperature variations across its surface.
PIA01938:
Exotic World Blisters Under the Sun (Artist Concept)
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The top graph consists of infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It tells astronomers that a distant planet, called Upsilon Andromedae b, always has a giant hot spot on the side that faces the star, while the other side is cold and dark.
PIA01937:
The Light and Dark Sides of a Distant Planet
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This artist's concept shows a blistering world revolving around its nearby 'sun.' NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope observed a planetary system like this one, as the planet's sunlit and dark hemispheres swung alternately into the telescope's view.
PIA01936:
Fire and Ice Planet (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The potential planet-forming disk (or 'protoplanetary disk') of a sun-like star is being violently ripped away by the powerful winds of a nearby hot O-type star in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA01319:
A Star's Close Encounter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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The many 'personalities' of our great galactic neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, are exposed in this new composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08787:
Amazing Andromeda Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-06 Pleiades Cassini-Huygens
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The stars of the Pleiades cluster, also known by the names 'M45' and 'the Seven Sisters,' shine brightly in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
PIA08260:
The Seven Sisters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This vibrant image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (detected by the multiband imaging photometer) shows the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our own Milky Way galaxy.
PIA07137:
What's Old is New in the Large Magellanic Cloud
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This vibrant image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our own Milky Way galaxy.
PIA07136:
Our Chaotic Neighbor
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This diagram illustrates research from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer showing that black holes (once they reach a critical size) can put the brakes on new star formation in elliptical galaxies.
PIA08697:
Big Black Holes Mean Bad News for Stars (diagram)
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This artist's concept depicts a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy. NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer found evidence that black holes (once they grow to a critical size) stifle the formation of new stars in elliptical galaxies.
PIA08696:
An Unwelcome Place for New Stars (artist concept)
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This image composite outlines the region near Orion's sword that was surveyed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (white box). The Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making factory, is the brightest spot near the hunter's sword.
PIA08656:
Infrared Spotlight on Orion's Sword
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This image composite shows a part of the Orion constellation surveyed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The shape of the main image was designed by astronomers to roughly follow the shape of Orion cloud A, an enormous star-making factory.
PIA08655:
A Slice of Orion
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory compare infrared and visible views of the famous Orion nebula and its surrounding cloud, an industrious star-making region located near the hunter constellation's sword.
PIA08654:
The Infrared Hunter
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making factory, 1,450 light-years from Earth. The nebula is close enough to appear to the naked eye as a fuzzy star in the sword of the constellation.
PIA08653:
The Sword of Orion Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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Located 10 million light-years away in the southern constellation Sculptor, the Silver Dollar galaxy, or NGC 253, is one of the brightest spiral galaxies in the night sky as seen in this edge-on view from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA08646:
Triple Scoop from Galaxy Hunter
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This artist's concept demonstrates how a dusty planet-forming disk can slow down a whirling young star, essentially saving the star from spinning itself to death. Evidence for this phenomenon comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08626:
Stars Can't Spin Out of Control (Artist's Animation) Animation Icon
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Spitzer Space Telescope
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This new false-colored image from NASA's Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes shows a giant jet of particles that has been shot out from the vicinity of a type of supermassive black hole called a quasar.
PIA08617:
Black Hole Spills Kaleidoscope of Color
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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have spotted a 'dust factory' 30 million light-years away in the spiral galaxy M74. The factory is located at the scene of a massive star's explosive death, or supernova.
PIA08533:
Supernova Dust Factory in M74
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Spitzer Space Telescope
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Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the supernova remnant 1E0102.2-7219 sits next to the nebula N76 in a bright, star-forming region of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA08516:
Dusty Death of a Massive Star
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Astronomers have discovered nearly 300 galaxy clusters and groups, including almost 100 located 8 to 10 billion light-years away, using the space-based Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based Mayall 4-meter telescope.
PIA08509:
Galaxies Gather at Great Distances
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This image shows the Andromeda galaxy, first as seen in visible light by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, then as seen in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08506:
Fade to Red Animation Icon
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope caught a glimpse of the Cepheus constellation, thirty thousand light-years away; astronomers think they've found a massive star whose death barely made a peep.
PIA08453:
The (Almost) Invisible Aftermath of a Massive Star's Death
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Something appears to be peering through a shiny red mask, in this new false-colored image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The mysterious blue eyes are actually starlight from the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163.
PIA08098:
Ready for the Cosmic Ball
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-26 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes combined to make these shape-shifting galaxies taking on the form of a giant mask. The icy blue eyes are actually the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163, and the mask is their spiral arms.
PIA08097:
Eyes in the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-24 M82 Galaxy Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Visible Light
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NASA's Spitzer, Hubble and Chandra space observatories teamed up to create this multi-wavelength, false-colored view of the M82 galaxy. The lively 
portrait celebrates Hubble's 'sweet sixteen' birthday.
PIA08093:
Great Observatories Present Rainbow of a Galaxy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts the pulsar planet system discovered by Aleksander Wolszczan in 1992. Wolszczan used the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico to find three planets circling a pulsar called PSR B1257+12.
PIA08042:
Extreme Planets (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
W. M. Keck Observatory
IRAC
Keck I Telescope
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This plot shows that a pulsar, the remnant of a stellar explosion, is surrounded by a disk of its own ashes. The disk, revealed by the two data points at the far right from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is the first ever found around a pulsar.
PIA08041:
Circle of Ashes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts a type of dead star called a pulsar and the surrounding disk of rubble discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The pulsar, called 4U 0142+61, was once a massive star until about 100,000 years ago.
PIA08040:
Stellar Rubble May be Planetary Building Blocks (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Like great friends, galaxies stick together. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have spotted a handful of great galactic pals bonding back when the universe was a mere 4.6 billion years old.
PIA02038:
Great Galactic Buddies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a galaxy that appears to be sizzling hot, with huge plumes of smoke swirling around it. The galaxy is known as Messier 82 or the 'Cigar galaxy.'
PIA02917:
Smokin' Hot Galaxy (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Near Infrared Spectrometer
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The false-color composite image of the Stephan’s Quintet galaxy cluster is made up of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a ground-based telescope in Spain.
PIA02587:
A Shocking Surprise in Stephan's Quintet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This artist's concept based on data fromNASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows delicate greenish crystals sprinkled throughout the violent core of a pair of colliding galaxies. The white spots represent a thriving population of stars of all sizes and ages.
PIA02180:
Galactic Hearts of Glass (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Galaxy NGC 4579 was captured by the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxy Survey, or Sings, Legacy project using the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared array camera. I
PIA08007:
Galaxy NGC 4579
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-15 Sol (our sun) SOHO
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Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) was launched in December 1995 by an Atlas Centaur rocket and became operational in March 1996.
PIA18170:
SOHO Spacecraft (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-02-08 R 66 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrometer (IRS)
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This illustration compares the size of a gargantuan star and its surrounding dusty disk (top) to that of our solar system. Monstrous disks like this one were discovered around two 'hypergiant' stars by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA08006:
Supersized Disk (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-19 Helix Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
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Six hundred and fifty light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, a dead star about the size of Earth, is refusing to fade away peacefully. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes have captured the complex structure of the Helix nebula.
PIA03678:
The Mark of a Dying Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-17 Stardust
DC-8 Airborne Laboratory
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Stardust Capsule Return as seen from NASA's DC-8 Airborne Laboratory with 
a mission to explore the conditions during reentry from the light emitted 
by the fireball caused when the capsule streaked through the sky
PIA03668:
Stardust Capsule Return
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-11 G29-38 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrometer (IRS)
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This artist's concept illustrates a comet being torn to shreds around a dead star, or white dwarf, called G29-38. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a cloud of dust around this white dwarf that may have been generated from comet disruption.
PIA03652:
Comet 'Bites the Dust' Around Dead Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-11 Cartwheel Galaxy Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
GALEX Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
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This false-color composite image shows the Cartwheel galaxy as seen by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, where the first ripple appears as an ultraviolet-bright blue outer ring.
PIA03296:
A Stellar Ripple
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-10 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
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Our Milky Way is a dusty place. So dusty that we cannot see the center of the galaxy in visible light. Thanks to NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's excellent resolution, the dusty features within the galactic center are seen in unprecedented detail.
PIA03653:
The Milky Way Center Aglow with Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-10 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
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This dazzling infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows hundreds of thousands of stars crowded into the swirling core of our spiral Milky Way galaxy.
PIA03654:
A Cauldron of Stars at the Galaxy's Center
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-09 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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From sparkling blue rings to dazzling golden disks and mined from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer Survey of Nearby Galaxies data, these cosmic gems were collected with the telescope's sensitive ultraviolet instruments.
PIA03295:
GALEX Distributes Local Galactic Treasures at AAS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-09 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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The Helix nebula exhibits complex structure on the smallest visible scales. It is composed of gaseous shells and disks puffed out by a dying sun-like star.
PIA03294:
The Infrared Helix
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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Newborn stars, hidden behind thick dust, are revealed in this image of a section of the Christmas Tree cluster from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, created in joint effort between Spitzer's infrared array camera and multiband imaging photometer instrument
PIA03244:
Stellar Snowflake Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-20 IRS 46 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates a solar system that is a much younger version of our own. Dusty disks, like the one shown here circling the star, are thought to be the breeding grounds of planets, including rocky ones like Earth.
PIA03243:
Portrait of Our Dusty Past (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-20 IRS 46 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that some of the most basic ingredients of DNA and protein are concentrated in a dusty planet-forming disk circling a young sun-like star called IRS 46.
PIA03242:
Life's Starting Materials Found in Dusty Disk
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-13 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
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In visible light, the bulk of our Milky Way galaxy's stars are eclipsed behind thick clouds of galactic dust and gas. But to the infrared eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, distant stars and dust clouds shine with unparalleled clarity and color.
PIA03239:
A Glimpse of the Milky Way
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-01 Crab Nebula Hubble Space Telescope
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The Crab Nebula is one of the most intricately structured and highly 
dynamical objects ever observed. The new Hubble image of the Crab was 
assembled from 24 individual exposures taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble 
Space Telescope
PIA03606:
Most Detailed Image of the Crab Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This false-color infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows little 'dwarf galaxies' forming in the 'tails' of two larger galaxies that are colliding together.
PIA03605:
Dwarf Galaxies Swimming in Tidal Tails
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-29 55 Cancri 3000x2400x3
Artist's concept compares a hypothetical solar system centered around a tiny 'sun' to a known solar system centered around a star 55 Cancri.
PIA03604:
Itsy Bitsy Solar System (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-15 Perseus Spitzer Space Telescope
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Located 1,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, a reflection nebula called NGC 1333 epitomizes the beautiful chaos of a dense group of stars being born. This image is from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA03545:
Chaotic Star Birth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This majestic false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows 'mountains' where stars are born. These towering pillars of cool gas and dust are illuminated at their tips with light from warm embryonic stars.
PIA03096:
Towering Infernos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-02 Hubble Space Telescope
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows two opposing bubbles being formed in opposite directions by the powerful outflows from massive groups of forming stars. The baby stars can be seen as specks of yellow where the two bubbles overlap.
PIA03544:
Black Widow Nebula Hiding in the Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The Tadpole galaxy is the result of a recent galactic interaction in the local universe. These spectacular images were taken by NASA's Spitzer Wide-area Infrared Extragalactic (SWIRE) Legacy project.
PIA03543:
A SWIRE Picture is Worth Billions of Years
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-20 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows microscopic crystals in the dusty disk surrounding a brown dwarf, or 'failed star.' The crystals, made up of a green mineral found on Earth called olivine, are thought to help seed the formation of planets.
PIA03048:
Sowing the Seeds of Planets? (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-13 M33 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows M33, the Triangulum Galaxy, is a perennial favorite of amateur and professional astronomers alike, due to its orientation and relative proximity to us.
PIA03033:
Anatomy of a Triangulum
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-13 M31 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured this stunning infrared view of the famous galaxy Messier 31, also known as Andromeda.
PIA03031:
Amazing Andromeda in Red
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-27 HUDF-JD2 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image demonstrates how data from two of NASA's Great Observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes, are used to identify one of the most distant galaxies ever seen. This galaxy is named named HUDF-JD2.
PIA03542:
Big Galaxy in Baby Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-03 AMS08 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
MIPS
Very Large Array (VLA)
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This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a distant galaxy (yellow) that houses a quasar, a super-massive black hole circled by a ring, or torus, of gas and dust.
PIA08001:
Gorilla Black Hole in the Mist
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