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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception symbolically represents complex organic molecules, known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, seen in the early universe. These large molecules, comprised of carbon and hydrogen, are considered among the building blocks of life.
PIA03538:
Ingredients for Life (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, charts light from a faraway galaxy located 10 billion light years from Earth. It tracks mid-infrared light from an extremely luminous galaxy when the universe was only 1/4 of its current age.
PIA03537:
Charting Ingredients for Life
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-25 NGC 4625 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image shows the hidden spiral arms that were discovered around the galaxy called NGC 4625 (top) by the ultraviolet eyes of NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. An armless companion galaxy called NGC 4618 is pictured below.
PIA03541:
Look at my Arms!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-25 NGC 4625 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image shows two companion galaxies, NGC 4625 (top) and NGC 4618 (bottom), and their surrounding cocoons of cool hydrogen gas (purple). The huge set of spiral arms on NGC 4625 (blue) was discovered by the ultraviolet eyes of NASA's GALEX.
PIA03540:
Galactic Halos of Hydrogen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-25 NGC 4625 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image highlights the hidden spiral arms (blue) that were discovered around the nearby galaxy NGC 4625 by the ultraviolet eyes of NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA03536:
Hello to Arms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-13 Cygnus W. M. Keck Observatory
Keck I Telescope
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This frame from an artist's animation shows the clockwork-like orbits of a triple-star system called HD 188753, which was discovered to harbor a gas giant, or 'hot Jupiter,' planet.
PIA03521:
Circus Family of Stars (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-13 Cygnus W. M. Keck Observatory
Keck I Telescope
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This frame from an artist's animation shows the view from a hypothetical moon in orbit around the first known planet to reside in a tight-knit triple-star system. HD 188553 Ab is a gas giant planet, about 1.14 times the mass of Jupiter.
PIA03520:
Land of Three Suns (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-10 Cassiopeia A Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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This false-color image from three of NASA's Great Observatories provides one example of a star that died in a fiery supernova blast. Called Cassiopeia A, this supernova remnant is located 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.
PIA03519:
Cassiopeia A: Death Becomes Her Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-10 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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These images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken one year apart, show the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (yellow ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (reddish orange).
PIA03518:
A Year in the Life of an Infrared Echo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-10 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This Spitzer Space Telescope composite shows the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (white ball) and surrounding clouds of dust (gray, orange and blue). It consists of two processed images taken one year apart.
PIA03517:
Dead Star Rumbles
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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A group of six streaking objects, the identities of which remain unknown, can be seen here flying across the telescope's sight in this image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA07251:
Surprise Ultraviolet Party in the Sky Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-31 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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Since its launch in 2003, NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer the space telescope originally designed to observe galaxies across the universe in ultraviolet light has discovered a festive sky blinking with flaring and erupting stars.
PIA07250:
It's Not a Bird or a Plane Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-31 GJ 3685A Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image taken by NASA'S Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows one of the largest flares, or star eruptions, ever recorded at ultraviolet wavelengths. This star is called GJ 3685A.
PIA07249:
Dwarf Star Erupts in Giant Flare Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-30 Carina Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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These false-color image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the 'South Pillar' region of the star-forming region called the Carina Nebula.
PIA03515:
All Pillars Point to Eta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 5128 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of NGC 5128 (Centaurus-A). This unusual galaxy is believed to be the result of a collision of two normal galaxies.
PIA07912:
NGC 5128 (Centaurus-A)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 IC 1613 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image (left) and visual image (right) from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the irregular dwarf galaxy IC 1613.
PIA07911:
Irregular Dwarf Galaxy IC 1613
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 1291 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image (left) and visual image (right) from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the barred ring galaxy NGC 1291. The VIS image is dominated by the inner disk and bar. The UV image is dominated by the low surface brightness outer arms.
PIA07910:
Barred Ring Galaxy NGC 1291
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 335 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (left) and visual image (right) of the face on barred and ringed spiral galaxy NGC 3351 (M95).
PIA07909:
Face on Barred and Ringed Spiral Galaxy NGC 3351
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 1851 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the globular cluster NGC 1851 in the southern constellation Columba.
PIA07908:
Globular Cluster NGC 1851 in the Southern Constellation Columba
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 3190 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of a diverse group of galaxy types. NGC 3190 is a dusty edge on spiral galaxy. NGC 3187 is highly distorted.
PIA07907:
Diverse Group of Galaxy Types, NGC 3190 Field
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 Virgo Galaxy Cluster Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of a small area of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies.
PIA07906:
Virgo Galaxy Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 Stephan's Quintet,NGC 7331 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the interacting group of galaxies known as Stephan's Quintet (NGC 7317, NGC 7318A, NGC 7318B, NGC 7319, NGC 7320, lower left).
PIA07905:
Interacting Group of Galaxies Known as Stephan's Quintet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 3344 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the large face on spiral galaxy NGC 3344. The inner spiral arms are wrapped so tightly that they are difficult to distinguish.
PIA07904:
Large Face on Spiral Galaxy NGC 3344
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 M83 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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Ultraviolet images such as this one from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer suggest the M83 has unusual pockets of star formation separated by large distances from the spiral arms in the main disk of the galaxy.
PIA07903:
"Southern Pinwheel" Galaxy M83
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 Helix Nebula Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is of the planetary nebula NGC 7293 also known as the Helix Nebula.
PIA07902:
Planetary Nebula NGC 7293 also Known as the Helix Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGC 1365 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365, which is a member of the Fornax Cluster of Galaxies.
PIA07901:
Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1365
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 NGS 1097 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the interacting pair NGC 1097, a barred spiral galaxy, and the small elliptical companion galaxy NGC 1097A.
PIA07900:
A Barred Spiral Galaxy, and the Small Elliptical Companion Galaxy NGC 1097A
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-05 Hubble Space Telescope
Visible Light
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Lying at the southern edge of the rich Virgo cluster of galaxies, Messier 104, also called the Sombrero galaxy, is one of the most famous objects in the sky in this image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA15226:
Hubble Spies Spectacular Sombrero
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-04 Messier 104 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on one of the most famous objects in the sky, Messier 104, also called the Sombrero galaxy.
PIA07899:
Spitzer Spies Spectacular Sombrero Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-26 M11 Deep Impact
Impactor Targeting Sensor (ITS)
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On April 7, 2005, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft's Impactor Target Sensor camera recorded this image of M11, the Wild Duck cluster, a galactic open cluster located 6 thousand light years away.
PIA07878:
Wild Duck Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-20 HD 69830 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Evidence for this possible belt was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope when it spotted warm dust around the star, presumably from asteroids smashing together. This is an artist's concept.
PIA07854:
Band of Rubble (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-20 HD 69830 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star system with an asteroid belt 25 times as massive as the one in our own solar system.
PIA07853:
Alien Asteroid Belt Compared to our Own (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-20 HD 69830 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope demonstrates that the dust around a nearby star called HD 69830 (upper line) has a very similar composition to that of Comet Hale-Bopp.
PIA07852:
Super-Comet or Big Asteroid Belt?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-18 RCW 79 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope sees RCW 79 in the southern Milky Way, 17,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus.
PIA07841:
A Bubble Bursts
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-11 NGC 300 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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Young hot blue stars dominate the outer spiral arms of nearby galaxy NGC 300, while the older stars congregate in the nuclear regions which appear yellow-green in this image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA07828:
Classic Galaxy with Glamour
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows changes in the infrared light output of two star-planet systems (one above, one below) located hundreds of light-years away.
PIA07491:
The Language of Planetary Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows what a fiery hot star and its close-knit planetary companion might look close up if viewed in visible and infrared light .
PIA07490:
Blinded by the Light (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept demonstrates that an invisible galaxy shrouded in dust can become glaringly bright when viewed in infrared light.
PIA07396:
Invisible Galaxies Come to Life! (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This spectrum shows the light from a dusty, distant galaxy located 11 billion light-years away. The galaxy is invisible to optical telescopes, but NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured the light from it and dozens of other similar galaxies.
PIA07395:
Fingerprints in the Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-02-11 Ring Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope finds a delicate flower in the Ring Nebula, as shown in this image. The outer shell of this planetary nebula looks surprisingly similar to the delicate petals of a camellia blossom.
PIA07343:
Ring Beholds a Delicate Flower Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-02-08 OTS 44 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows that an extraordinarily low-mass brown dwarf, or 'failed star,' called OTS 44, is circled by a disc of planet-building dust.
PIA07337:
Planetary Building Blocks Found in Surprising Place
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on an extraordinarily low-mass brown dwarf called OTS 44 and found a swirling disc of planet-building dust shown in this artist concept.
PIA07336:
'Mini-Me' Solar System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-02-08 OTS 44 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a brown dwarf surrounded by a swirling disc of planet-building dust. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted such a disc around a surprisingly low-mass brown dwarf, or 'failed star.'
PIA07335:
Birth of an Unusual Planetary System (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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The Trifid Nebula is a giant star-forming cloud of gas and dust located 5,400 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius, seen here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA07226:
Stellar 'Incubators' Seen Cooking up Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-12 Trifid Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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The Trifid Nebula is a giant star-forming cloud of gas and dust located 5,400 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius, seen here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA07225:
New Views of a Familiar Beauty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-11 Encke Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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This image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the comet Encke riding along its pebbly trail of debris (long diagonal line) between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
PIA07222:
Riding a Trail of Debris
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates one possible answer to the puzzle of the 'giant galactic blobs.' NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on one well-known blob located 11 billion light-years away.
PIA07221:
At the Heart of Blobs (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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Blobs are intensely glowing clouds of hot hydrogen gas that envelop faraway galaxies. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to see the dusty galaxies tucked inside one well-known blob located 11 billion light-years away.
PIA07220:
Mysterious Blob Galaxies Revealed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-10 Vega Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope recently captured these images of the star Vega, located 25 light years away in the constellation Lyra.
PIA07218:
Tiny Particles, So Far Away
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-10 Vega Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist concept illustrates how a massive collision of objects perhaps as large as the planet Pluto smashed together to create the dust ring around the nearby star Vega.
PIA07217:
Massive Smash-up at Vega (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-22 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a typical young galaxy, teeming with hot, newborn stars and exploding supernovas. The supernovas are seen as white flashes of light.
PIA07144:
Fires of Galactic Youth (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-21 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This image shows six of the three-dozen 'ultraviolet luminous galaxies' spotted in our corner of the universe by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. These massive galaxies greatly resemble newborn galaxies that were common in the early universe.
PIA07143:
Nearby Newborns
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-21 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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Surveying thousands of nearby galaxies with its highly sensitive ultraviolet eyes, NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer spotted three dozen that greatly resemble youthful galaxies from billions of years ago
PIA07142:
Baby Galaxies in the Adult Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Bright, young disks can be imaged directly by visible-light telescopes, such as NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Older, fainter debris disks can be detected only by infrared telescopes like NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which sense the disks' dim heat.
PIA07099:
The Evolution of a Planet-Forming Disk (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope recently captured these infrared images of six older stars with known planets. The yellow, fuzzy blobs are stars circled by disks of dust, or 'debris disks,' like the one that surrounds our own Sun.
PIA07098:
Is There Anybody Home?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Artist's concept of a distant hypothetical solar system, about the same age as our own.
PIA07097:
A Distant Solar System (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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This artist's concept depicts a distant hypothetical solar system, similar in age to our own. Looking inward from the system's outer fringes, a ring of dusty debris can be seen, and within it, planets circling a star the size of our Sun.
PIA07096:
A Distant Solar System (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This artist's concept illustrates how planetary systems arise out of massive collisions between rocky bodies. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that these catastrophes continue to occur around stars even after they have developed full-sized planets.
PIA06939:
The Rocky World of Young Planetary Systems (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a globular cluster previously hidden in the dusty plane of our Milky Way galaxy. Globular clusters are compact bundles of old stars that date back to the birth of our galaxy.
PIA06928:
Spitzer Digs Up Galactic Fossil
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-06 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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This image represents a view of NASA's Kepler's supernova remnant taken in X-rays, visible light, and infrared radiation, indicating that the bubble of gas that makes up the supernova remnant appears different in various types of light.
PIA06909:
Kepler's Supernova Remnant: A View from Hubble Space Telescope
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-06 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This composite image represent views of Kepler's supernova remnant taken in X-rays, visible light, and infrared radiation.
PIA06910:
Kepler's Supernova Remnant: A View from Spitzer Space Telescope
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-06 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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The images indicate that the bubble of gas that makes up the supernova remnant appears different in various types of light. Chandra reveals the hottest gas [colored blue and colored green], which radiates in X-rays.
PIA06908:
Kepler's Supernova Remnant: A View from Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-10-06 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's three Great Observatories -- the Hubble Space Telescope, the SpitzerSpace Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory -- joined forces to probe theexpanding remains of a supernova, called Kepler's supernova remnant.
PIA06907:
Three Great Eyes on Kepler's Supernova Remnant
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-09 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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This detailed view of NGC 6543, the Cat's Eye Nebula, from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope includes intricate structures, including concentric gas shells, jets of high-speed gas, and unusual shock-induced knots of gas.
PIA16009:
Dying Star Creates Fantasy-like Sculpture of Gas and Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals hidden populations of newborn stars at the heart of the colliding 'Antennae' galaxies. These two galaxies are known individually as NGC 4038 and 4039.
PIA06854:
Fire within the Antennae Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals hidden populations of newborn stars at the heart of the colliding 'Antennae' galaxies. These two galaxies are known individually as NGC 4038 and 4039.
PIA06853:
Life at the Intersection of Colliding Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-09 NGC 246 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dying star (center) surrounded by a cloud of glowing gas and dust.
PIA06755:
Ring of Stellar Death
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-28 NGC 7331 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured these infrared images of a nearby spiral galaxy that resembles our own Milky Way. The targeted galaxy, known as NGC 7331 and sometimes referred to as our galaxy's twin.
PIA06322:
Morphology of Our Galaxy's 'Twin'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-06-01 Centaurus A Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows in unprecedented detail the galaxy Centaurus A's last big meal: a spiral galaxy seemingly twisted into a parallelogram-shaped structure of dust.
PIA06007:
The Making of a Galactic Parallelogram
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-27 RCW 49 Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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One of the most prolific birthing grounds in our Milky Way galaxy, a nebula called RCW 49, is exposed in superb detail for the first time in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA05989:
Stellar Jewels Shine in New Spitzer Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-27 Spitzer Space Telescope
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In this artist's conception, a possible newfound planet spins through a clearing in a nearby star's dusty, planet-forming disc. This clearing was detected around the star CoKu Tau 4 by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA05988:
Out of the Dust, A Planet is Born (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-24 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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The Galaxy Evolution Explorer specializes in surveying galaxies in ultraviolet light. The telescope surveyed thousands of galaxies before finding three-dozen of these newborns.
PIA05979:
Happy Anniversary to a Galactic Explorer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Sometimes, the best way to understand how something works is to take it apart. The same is true for galaxies like NGC 300, which NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has divided into its various parts.
PIA05879:
Dissection of a Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-05-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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In the quest to better understand the birth of stars and the formation of new worlds, astronomers have used NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to examine the massive stars contained in a cloudy region called Sharpless 140.
PIA05878:
A Natal Microcosm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Hidden behind a shroud of dust in the constellation Cygnus is a stellar nursery called DR21 as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA05732:
Nursery of Giants
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Hidden behind a shroud of dust in the constellation Cygnus is an exceptionally bright source of radio emission called DR21 in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA05733:
Stormy Clouds of Star Birth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope allow us to peek behind the cosmic veil and pinpoint one of the most massive natal stars yet seen in our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA05734:
Spitzer Makes "Invisible" Visible
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image from NASA Spitzer Space Telescope shows an exceptionally bright source of radio emission in the constellation Cygnus in a steller nursery called DR21.
PIA05735:
Star Formation in the DR21 Region (A)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-04-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows an exceptionally bright source of radio emission called DR21.
PIA05736:
Star Formation in the DR21 Region (B)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-15 Sedna Samuel Oschin Telescope
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This image shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' in relation to the rest of the solar system in 2004.
PIA05565:
Sedna Orbit Animation Animation Icon
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These four panels show the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' which lies in the farthest reaches of our solar system.
PIA05569:
Sedna Orbit Comparisons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-15 Sedna Samuel Oschin Telescope
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These three panels show the first detection of the faint distant object dubbed 'Sedna.' Imaged on November 14th from 6:32 to 9:38 Universal Time, Sedna was identified by the slight shift in position noted in these three pictures taken at different times.
PIA05568:
Sedna Discovery Image
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The artist's rendition shows the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' in relation to other bodies in the solar system, including Earth and its Moon; Pluto; and Quaoar, a planetoid beyond Pluto.
PIA05567:
Sedna Size Comparisons (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-15 Sedna Samuel Oschin Telescope
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In this artist's visualization, the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed 'Sedna,' is shown where it resides at the outer edges of the known solar system.
PIA05566:
Artist's Concept of Sedna
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-13 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This panel illustrates the transit of the martian moon Phobos across the Sun. It is made up of images taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
PIA05554:
Martian Moon Eclipses Sun, in Stages
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-12 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Navigation Camera
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Observing the sky with the green filter of it panoramic camera, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit came across a surprise: a streak across the sky, probably the brightest object in the sky at the time.
PIA05557:
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a... Spacecraft?
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, shows the transit of Mars' moon Deimos across the Sun. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA05556:
Deimos Crosses Face of Sun Animation Icon
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Panoramic Camera
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, shows the transit of Mars' moon Phobos across the Sun. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA05553:
Martian Moon Blocks Sun Animation Icon
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In this five-minute exposure taken from the surface of Mars by NASA's Spirit rover, stars appear as streaks due to the rotation of the planet, and instantaneous cosmic-ray hits appear as points of light.
PIA05551:
Stars and Cosmic Rays Observed from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-11 Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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Stars in the upper portion of the constellation Orion the Hunter, including the bright shoulder star Betelgeuse and Orion's three-star belt, appear in this image taken from the surface of Mars by the panoramic camera on NASA's rover Spirit.
PIA05546:
Stars in Orion as Seen from Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-08 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
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The panoramic camera on NASA's Opportunity combines the first photographs of solar eclipses by Mars' two moons, Deimos and Phobos. Deimos appears as a speck in front of the Sun and Phobos grazes its edge.
PIA05518:
Martian Eclipses: Deimos and Phobos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows the wispy filamentary structure of Henize 206, is a four-color composite mosaic created by combining data from an infrared array camera (IRAC).
PIA05517:
Star Formation in Henize 206
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-12 Cepheus Spitzer Space Telescope
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A cluster of newborn stars herald their birth in this interstellar Valentine's Day commemorative picture obtained with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These bright young stars are found in a rosebud-shaped (and rose-colored) nebulosity known as NGC 7129.
PIA05266:
Spitzer Telescope Sends Rose for Valentine's Day
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-02-03 Hubble Space Telescope
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The nearby dwarf galaxy NGC 1569 is a hotbed of vigorous star birth activity, which blows huge bubbles that riddle the galaxy's main body. The image was taken by the WPF2 camera, designed and built by JPL, on NASA's Hubble.
PIA05202:
Supernova Blast Bonanza in Nearby Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-13 Tarantula Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, formerly known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, has captured in stunning detail the spidery filaments and newborn stars of theTarantula Nebula, a rich star-forming region also known as 30 Doradus.
PIA05062:
The Tarantula Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-10 Sol (our sun) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Panoramic Camera
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This image shows the Sun as it appears on Mars throughout the day. Scientists monitor the dimming of the setting Sun to assess how much dust is in the martian atmosphere. The pictures were taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's panoramic camera.
PIA05041:
Martian Sunsets More Than Just Pretty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an image of an unusual comet that experiences frequent outbursts, which produce abrupt changes in brightness.
PIA04943:
Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann I
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope has obtained the first infrared images of the dust disc surrounding Fomalhaut, the 18th brightest star in the sky.
PIA04942:
Circumstellar Disk Around Fomalhaut
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the building blocks of life in the distant universe, albeit in a violent milieu.
PIA04941:
Spectrum from Faint Galaxy IRAS F00183-7111
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has lifted the cosmic veil to see an otherwise hidden newborn star, while detecting the presence of water and carbon dioxide ices, as well as organic molecules.
PIA04940:
Spectrum from Embedded Star in Herbig-Haro 46/47
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