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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-06 55 Cancri PlanetQuest
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This artist's concept shows four of the five planets that orbit 55 Cancri, a star much like our own. The most recently discovered planet, and the fourth out from the star, looms large in the foreground.
PIA10108:
Plentiful Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-06 55 Cancri PlanetQuest
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This artist's concept illustrates two planetary systems -- 55 Cancri (top) and our own. Blue lines show the orbits of planets, including the dwarf planet Pluto in our solar system.
PIA10107:
Our Solar System's Cousin? (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-06 55 Cancri PlanetQuest
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This plot tells astronomers that a fifth planet is in orbit around the star 55 Cancri, making the star the record-holder for hosting the most known exoplanets.
PIA10106:
Wave of a Planet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A growing black hole, called a quasar, is seen at the center of a faraway galaxy in this artist's concept. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes discovered swarms of similar quasars hiding in dusty galaxies in the distant universe.
PIA10093:
Bursting with Stars and Black Holes (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-25 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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These two images show 'stacked' Chandra images for two different classes of distant, massive galaxy detected with NASA's Spitzer. Image stacking is a procedure used to detect emission from objects that is too faint to be detected in single images.
PIA10092:
Stacks of Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-25 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes have uncovered a long-lost population of active supermassive black holes, or quasars located deep in the bellies of distant, massive galaxies (circled in blue).
PIA10091:
Missing Black Holes Found!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A big galaxy is stealing gas right off the 'back' of its smaller companion in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The stolen gas is hot, but it might eventually cool down to make new stars and planets.
PIA10087:
Wanted: Galactic Thief Who Steals Gas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrometer (IRS)
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals vast reservoirs of hot gas in a galaxy about a billion light-years away called 3C 326 North.
PIA10086:
Cosmic Caper Unfolds in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such quasar winds might have forged these dusty particles in the very early universe.
PIA10019:
Dust in the Quasar Wind (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This plot of data captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals dust entrained in the winds rushing away from a quasar, or growing black hole. The quasar is called PG2112+059
PIA09932:
A Wealth of Dust Grains in Quasar Winds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-10-03 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a binary-star, or two-star, system, called HD 113766, where astronomers suspect a rocky Earth-like planet is forming around one of the stars.
PIA09931:
Birth of an Earth-like Planet (Artist Xoncept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-09-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows young stars plus diffuse emission from dust. The Corona Australis region (containing, at its heart, the Coronet cluster) is one of the nearest and most active regions of ongoing star formation.
PIA09926:
Infrared Coronet Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-09-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This composite image shows the Coronet in X-rays from Chandra and infrared from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (orange, green, and cyan). The Spitzer data show young stars plus diffuse emission from dust.
PIA09925:
Coronet: A Star-Formation Neighbor
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-29 NGC 1333 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a fledgling solar system like the one depicted in this artist's concept, and discovered deep within it enough water vapor to fill the oceans on Earth five times.
PIA09967:
Water's Early Journey in a Solar System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-29 NGC 1333 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This diagram illustrates the earliest journeys of water in a young, forming star system. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to probe a crucial phase of this stellar evolution.
PIA09966:
Steamy Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-29 NGC 1333 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This plot of infrared data, called a spectrum, shows the strong signature of water vapor deep within the core of an embryonic star system, called NGC 1333-IRAS 4B.
The data were captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09965:
Spitzer Sees Water Loud and Clear
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-24 Helix Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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An expanded image of the Helix nebula lends a festive touch to the fourth anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09962:
Spitzer Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with Celestial Fireworks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer discovered an exceptionally long comet-like tail of material trailing behind Mira -- a star that has been studied thoroughly for about 400 years.
PIA09961:
Mira's Tail There All Along
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This artist's concept illustrates a star flying through our galaxy at supersonic speeds, leaving a 13-light-year-long trail of glowing material in its wake. The star, named Mira (pronounced my-rah) after the latin word for 'wonderful.'
PIA09960:
A Real Shooting Star (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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A close-up view of a star racing through space faster than a speeding bullet can be seen in this image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The star is called Mira (pronounced My-rah).
PIA09959:
Anatomy of a Shooting Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Mira Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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New ultraviolet images from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows a speeding star that is leaving an enormous trail of 'seeds' for new solar systems. The star, named Mira (pronounced my-rah) after the latin word for 'wonderful.'
PIA09958:
Mira Soars Through the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-06 CL0958+4702 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates one of the largest smash-ups of galaxies ever observed. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted the four galaxies shown here (yellow blobs) in the process of tangling and ultimately merging into a single gargantuan galaxy.
PIA09957:
Galactic Pile-Up (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-06 CL0958+4702 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical planet around a star tossed out of an ongoing four-way collision between big galaxies.
PIA09956:
Fantastic Four Galaxies with Planet (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-06 CL0958+4702 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted a four-way collision, or merger, in a giant cluster of galaxies, called CL0958+4702, located nearly five billion light-years away.
PIA09955:
Fearsome Foursome
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist concept based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, depicts a quadruple-star system called HD 98800. The system is approximately 10 million years old, and is located 150 light-years away in the constellation TW Hydrae.
PIA09939:
Evidence for Strange Stellar Family (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-11 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that a toasty gas exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system, contains water vapor.
PIA09715:
Exoplanet Forecast: Hot and Wet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-06-20 NGC 362 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Far-ultraviolet Detector
Near-ultraviolet Detector
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer's ultraviolet eyes have captured a globular star cluster, called NGC 362, in our own Milky Way galaxy. In this new image, the cluster appears next to stars from a more distant neighboring galaxy, known as the Small Magella
PIA09653:
Galaxy Evolution Explorer Spies Band of Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-06-13 N132D Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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Supernovae are the explosive deaths of the universe's most massive stars. This false-color composite from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory shows the remnant of N132D, the wispy pink shell of gas at center.
PIA09604:
A Supernova's Shockwaves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-06-01 Messier 81 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
GALEX Telescope
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
Visible Light
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The perfectly picturesque spiral galaxy known as Messier 81, or M81, looks sharp in this new composite from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes and NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.
PIA09579:
M81 Galaxy is Pretty in Pink
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Two large elliptical galaxies, NGC 4889 and NGC 4874 are shown in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09561:
Dwarfs in Coma Cluster
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-17 Barnard 30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars 'hatching' in the head of the hunter constellation, Orion.
PIA09412:
Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-17 Barnard 30 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars 'hatching' in the head of the hunter constellation, Orion. The region featured in this Spitzer image is called Barnard 30.
PIA09411:
Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 149026b Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a 'hot Jupiter' called HD 149026b, is about 3 times hotter than the rocky surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system.
PIA09378:
Blacker than Black (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were able to create the first-ever map of the surface of a planet beyond our solar system. The planet, a hot and cloudy gas giant is called HD 189733b.
PIA09377:
How to Map a Very Faraway Planet (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This image shows the first-ever map of the surface of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. Showing temperature variations across the cloudy tops of a gas giant called HD 189733b, the infrared data is taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09376:
First Map of Alien World (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Visible Light
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Two rambunctious young stars are destroying their natal dust cloud with powerful jets of radiation, in an infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA09338:
Spitzer Digs Up Hidden Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-01 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer is celebrates its fourth year in space with some of M81's 'hottest' stars. In this ultraviolet image, the magnificent M81 spiral galaxy is shown at the center.
PIA09337:
Galaxy Mission Completes Four Star-Studded Years in Space
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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 satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09333:
Left Limb of North Pole of the Sun, March 20, 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 satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.
PIA09332:
Left Limb of North Pole of the Sun, March 20, 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 satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09331:
South Pole of the Sun, March 20, 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 satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. .
PIA09330:
South Pole of the Sun, March 20, 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 satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09329:
North Pole of the Sun, March 20, 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 satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.
PIA09328:
North Pole of the Sun, March 20, 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 satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09327:
Right Limb of the South Pole of the Sun, March 18, 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 satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.
PIA09326:
Right Limb of the South Pole of the Sun, March 18, 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 satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09325:
Closer View of the Equatorial Region of the Sun, March 24, 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 satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting.
PIA09324:
Closer View of the Equatorial Region of the Sun, March 24, 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 satellites have provided the first 3-dimensional images of the Sun. This view will aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics to improve space weather forecasting. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA09323:
Close-up View of an Active Region of the Sun, March 23, 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.
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
IRAC
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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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IRAC
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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
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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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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IRAC
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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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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
IRAC
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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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Far-ultraviolet Detector
Near-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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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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
IRAC
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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
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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
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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
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-23 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-23 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-15 Orion Spitzer Space Telescope
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-15 Orion Spitzer Space Telescope
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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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