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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-21 Messier 101 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The tangled arms of the Pinwheel galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 101, are decked out in red in this new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10967:
Pinwheel Looks 'Fab' in Infrared
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IRAC
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows he 'Peony nebula' star, a blazing ball of gas shines with the equivalent light of 3.2 million suns.
PIA10955:
'Peony Nebula' Star Settles for Silver Medal Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
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The green and red splotch in this image is the most active star-making galaxy in the very distant universe. Nicknamed 'Baby Boom,' it was spotted 12.3 billion light-years away by a suite of telescopes, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10932:
Super Starburst Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-01 Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
WFPC2
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A delicate ribbon of gas floats eerily in our galaxy. This image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, is a very thin section of a supernova remnant caused by a stellar explosion that occurred more than 1,000 years ago.
PIA10926:
Hubble Sees Stars and a Stripe in Celestial Fireworks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-06-03 Milky Way Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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More than 800,000 frames from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were stitched together to create this infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way.
PIA10750:
Spitzer Finds Clarity in the Inner Milky Way
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IRAC
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More than 444,580 frames from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were stitched together to create this portrait of the raging star-formation occurring in the inner Milky Way.
PIA10749:
Inner Milky Way Raging with Star Formation
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This artist's concept illustrates the new view of the Milky Way. The galaxy's two major arms can be seen attached to the ends of a thick central bar, while the two now-demoted minor arms are less distinct and located between the major arms.
PIA10748:
Our Milky Way Gets a Makeover (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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This composite image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the remnant of a star that exploded, called Cassiopeia A (center) and its surrounding 'light echoes' -- dances of light through dusty clouds, created when stars blast apart.
PIA10725:
Dance of the Light Echoes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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A seething cauldron of light appears to bubble and ooze around the remains of a giant star that astronomers have been watching tear itself apart for the last 300 years. Different observations taken over three years by NASA' Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10724:
Cauldron of Light Animation Icon
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This image illustrates how a light echo works, and how an optical illusion of material moving outward is created.
PIA10723:
Dissecting a Light Echo Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope imaged the mysterious ring around magnetar SGR 1900+14 in infrared light.
PIA10711:
Ghostly Ring
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-28 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
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Since its launch five years ago, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer has photographed hundreds of millions of galaxies in ultraviolet light. M106 is one of those galaxies, 22 light years away.
PIA10600:
Galaxy Evolution Explorer Celebrates Five Years in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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NGC 6621/2 (VV 247, Arp 81) is a strongly interacting pair of galaxies, seen about 100 million years after their closest approach. This image is part of a large collection of images of merging galaxies taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10393:
NGC 6621/2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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NGC 6090 is a beautiful pair of spiral galaxies with an overlapping central region and two long tidal tails formed from material ripped out of the galaxies by gravitational interaction. This image is from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10392:
NGC 6090 - a Pair of Spiral Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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This beautiful pair of interacting galaxies consists of NGC 5754, the large spiral on the right, and NGC 5752, the smaller companion in the bottom left corner of the image. This image is from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10391:
Interacting Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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NGC 520 is the product of a collision between two disk galaxies that started 300 million years ago. This image is part of a large collection of images of merging galaxies taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10390:
NGC 520
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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AM 1316-241 is made up of two interacting galaxies—a spiral galaxy (on the left of the frame) in front of an elliptical galaxy (on the right of the frame). This image is part of a large collection of images of merging galaxies taken by NASA's Hubble.
PIA10389:
AM 1316-241
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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AM 0500-620 consists of a highly symmetric spiral galaxy seen nearly face-on and partially backlit by a background galaxy. This image is part of a large collection of images of merging galaxies taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10388:
AM 0500-620 - Spiral Arms and Bright Knots
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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NGC 6050/IC 1179 (Arp 272) is a remarkable collision between two spiral galaxies, NGC 6050 and IC 1179, and is part of the Hercules Galaxy Cluster, located in the constellation of Hercules. This image is from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10387:
Collision Between Two Spiral Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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NGC 454 is galaxy pair comprising a large red elliptical galaxy and an irregular gas-rich blue galaxy. This image is part of a large collection of images of merging galaxies taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10386:
NGC 454
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-24 Hubble Space Telescope
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Arp 148 is nicknamed 'Mayall's object' and is located in the constellation of Ursa Major, the Great Bear, about 500 million light-years away. This image is part of a large collection of images of merging galaxies taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10385:
Arp 148& - Mayall's Object
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-16 Messier 83 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
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This ultraviolet image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the Southern Pinwheel galaxy, also know as Messier 83 or M83. It is located 15 million light-years away in the southern constellation Hydra.
PIA10374:
Ultraviolet Extensions
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-16 Messier 83 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
GALEX Telescope
Very Large Array (VLA)
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The outlying regions around the Southern Pinwheel galaxy, or M83, are highlighted in this composite image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array in New Mexico.
PIA10373:
Beyond the Borders of a Galaxy
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-10 Omega Centauri Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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A cluster brimming with millions of stars glistens like an iridescent opal in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Called Omega Centauri, the sparkling orb of stars is like a miniature galaxy.
PIA10372:
Omega Centauri Looks Radiant in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-03-27 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's impression shows a gas-giant exoplanet transiting across the face of its star. Infrared analysis by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of this type of system provided the breakthrough.
PIA10364:
NASA's Spitzer Finds Water Vapor on Hot, Alien Planet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-03-27 HD 189733b Hubble Space Telescope
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A team of astronomers has made the first detection ever of an organic molecule in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting another star. The breakthrough was made with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10363:
Astronomers Detect First Organic Molecule on an Exoplanet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-02-12 Abell 1689 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
NICMOS
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A massive cluster of yellowish galaxies is seemingly caught in a spider web of eerily distorted background galaxies in the left-hand image, taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA10237:
Astronomers Uncover One of the Youngest and Brightest Galaxies in the Early Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-02-11 Rho Ophiuchi Spitzer Space Telescope
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Newborn stars peek out from beneath their natal blanket of dust in this dynamic image of the Rho Ophiuchi dark cloud from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This nebula is about 407 light years away from Earth.
PIA10182:
Young Stars in Their Baby Blanket of Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-02-11 Rho Ophiuchi Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Multiband Imaging Photometer (MIPS)
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Newborn stars peek out from beneath their natal blanket of dust in this dynamic image of the Rho Ophiuchi dark cloud from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10181:
Young Stars in Their Baby Blanket of Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-01-25 Abell 1763 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that filamentary galaxies form stars at twice the rate of their densely clustered counterparts. This is a representation of galaxies in and surrounding a galaxy cluster called Abell 1763.
PIA10227:
Celestial Cities and the Roads That Connect Them
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-01-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope provide strong evidence that the slender, bulgeless galaxies can, like their chubbier counterparts, harbor supermassive black holes at their cores in this artist concept.
PIA10221:
Galaxies of all Shapes Host Black Holes (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-01-10 NGC 3621 Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates that a flat, spiral galaxy called NGC 3621 has a feeding, supermassive black hole lurking within it.
PIA10220:
Slender Galaxy with Robust Black Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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The elements and molecules that flew out of the Cassiopeia A star when it exploded about 300 years ago can be seen clearly for the first time in this plot of data, called a spectrum, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA10207:
Dissecting the Wake of a Supernova Explosion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-20 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
Infrared Spectrograph (IRS)
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope used its infrared camera to image this beautiful bulb which might look like a Christmas ornament but is the blown-out remains of a stellar explosion, or supernova.
PIA10206:
Cosmic Ornament of Gas and Dust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-18 NGC 4258 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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This composite image is of spiral galaxy M106 (NGC 4258); optical data from the Digitized Sky Survey is yellow, radio data from the Very Large Array is purple, X-ray data from Chandra is blue, and infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope is red.
PIA10204:
Anomalous Arms
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-13 M51 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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A composite image of M51, also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, shows the majesty of its structure in a dramatic new way through several of NASA's orbiting observatories
PIA10200:
A Classic Beauty
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-29 L1157 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A rare, infrared view of a developing star and its flaring jets taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows us what our own solar system might have looked like billions of years ago.
PIA10119:
Baby Picture of our Solar System Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-14 Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX)
Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 1316, located about 62 million light-years away in the constellation Fornax. The elliptical-shaped galaxy may be in the late stages of merging with a smaller companion galaxy.
PIA10116:
NGC 1316
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Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 4569 in the constellation Virgo. It is one of the largest and brightest spiral galaxies found in the Virgo cluster of galaxies, the nearest major galaxy cluster to our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA10115:
NGC 4569
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Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 1291, located about 33 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus. NGC 1291 is notable for its unusual inner bar and outer ring structure.
PIA10114:
NGC 1291
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Ultraviolet/Visible Camera
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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 300, located about seven million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor. It is a classic spiral galaxy with open arms and vigorous star formation throughout.
PIA10113:
NGC 300
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Evidence from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer supports the long-held notion that many galaxies begin life as smaller spirals before transforming into larger, elliptical-shaped galaxies.
PIA15656:
Portrait of a Galaxy's Life
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-08 HH 46/47 Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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In this processed Spitzer Space Telescope image, baby star HH 46/47 can be seen blowing two massive 'bubbles.' The star is 1,140 light-years away from Earth.
PIA10111:
Bubbly Little Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-06 55 Cancri PlanetQuest
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This artist's concept takes us on a journey to 55 Cancri, a star with a family of five known planets - the most planets discovered so far around a star besides our own.
PIA10109:
Journey to a Star Rich with Planets (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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IRAC
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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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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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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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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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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A newly 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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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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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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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' 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)
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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