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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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ESA's Planck has imaged the most distant light we can observe, called the cosmic microwave background, with unprecedented precision.
PIA16880:
Through the Universe's Looking Glass Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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Tones represents sound waves that traveled through the early universe, and were later 'heard' by ESA's Planck space telescope. The primordial sound waves have been translated into frequencies we can hear.
PIA16881:
Sounds of the Ancient Universe
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This graphic of Voyager 1 shows its location when it crossed into interstellar space.
PIA17441:
Observed Change in Density Shows Voyager is in Interstellar Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-07-02 Chandra X-ray Observatory
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Anomalous arms are seen in this composite image of NGC 4258 from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observator, NSF's Karl Jansky Very Large Array, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA18461:
Galactic Pyrotechnics on Display
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-06 CIBER
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This graphic illustrates how the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment, or CIBER, team measures a diffuse glow of infrared light filling the spaces between galaxies. The glow does not come from any known stars and galaxies.
PIA18854:
Masking Out Galaxies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-19 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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This plot of data from two space telescopes, NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton determines for the first time the shape of ultra-fast winds from supermassive black holes, or quasars.
PIA18918:
The Answer is Blowing in the Black Hole Wind
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-19 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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Supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies blast radiation and ultra-fast winds outward, as illustrated in this artist's conception based on NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescopes.
PIA18919:
How Black Hole Winds Blow (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-04 1160x876x3
The four stars and one planet of the 30 Ari system are illustrated in this diagram. This quadruple star system consists of two pairs of stars: 30 Ari B and 30 Ari A.
PIA18927:
Double Date: Two Pairs of Stars in One System
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-11-30 Black Hole 925x1197x3
This graphic shows the computer simulation of a black hole from start to finish. Plasma is falling slowly toward the black hole in a (at the upper left). The plasma has a magnetic field, shown by the white lines.
PIA04206:
Black Hole Simulation
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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 2004-12-09 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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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 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 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 2005-02-08 OTS 44 Spitzer Space Telescope
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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 2005-03-01 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 2005-04-20 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 2005-11-29 55 Cancri 3000x2400x3
Artist's concept compares a hypothetical solar system centered around a tiny 'sun' to a known solar system centered around a star 55 Cancri.
PIA03604:
Itsy Bitsy Solar System (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-12-20 IRS 46 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates a solar system that is a much younger version of our own. Dusty disks, like the one shown here circling the star, are thought to be the breeding grounds of planets, including rocky ones like Earth.
PIA03243:
Portrait of Our Dusty Past (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts the pulsar planet system discovered by Aleksander Wolszczan in 1992. Wolszczan used the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico to find three planets circling a pulsar called PSR B1257+12.
PIA08042:
Extreme Planets (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-12 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 2006-10-26 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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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 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 2007-01-26 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 2007-02-21 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 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have revealed that mature planetary systems -- dusty disks of asteroids, comets and possibly planets -- are more frequent around close-knit twin, or binary, stars than single stars like our sun.
PIA09228:
Alien Sunset (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-24 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 2007-08-06 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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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 2007-08-29 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 2007-10-03 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 2007-10-25 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 2007-11-06 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 2007-11-06 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 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 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 2008-10-27 Epsilon Eridani Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows the closest known planetary system to our own, called Epsilon Eridani. Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that the system hosts two asteroid belts.
PIA11375:
Double the Rubble (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-10 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept based on data from NASA's Spitzer shows the dimmest star-like bodies currently known -- twin brown dwarfs referred to as 2M 0939. The twins, which are about the same size, are drawn as if they were viewed close to one of the bodies.
PIA11447:
Not-So-Bright Bulbs (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes upon the dusty remains of shredded asteroids around several dead stars. This artist's concept illustrates a 'white dwarf,' surrounded by the bits and pieces of a disintegrating asteroid.
PIA11735:
Asteroid 'Bites the Dust' Around Dead Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-05 GD 40 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescopes shows that asteroid dust around a dead 'white dwarf' star contains silicates -- a common mineral on Earth.
PIA11736:
Silicates in Alien Asteroids
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detected a prebiotic, or potentially life-forming, molecule called hydrogen cyanide (HCN) in the planet-forming disks around yellow stars like our sun, but not in the disks around cooler, reddish stars.
PIA11979:
Cool Stars May Have Different Prebiotic Chemical Mix
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a young, hypothetical planet around a cool star. A soupy mix of potentially life-forming chemicals can be seen pooling around the base of the jagged rocks.
PIA11980:
Chemical Soups Around Cool Stars (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-28 VB 10 2400x3000x3
This artist's diagram compares our solar system (below) to the VB 10 star system. Astronomers successfully used the astrometry planet-hunting method for the first time to discover a gas planet, called VB 10b, around a very tiny star, VB 10.
PIA12014:
Bizarre Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-28 VB 10 3000x2400x3
This artist's concept shows the smallest star known to host a planet. The planet, called VB 10b, was discovered using astrometry, a method in which the wobble induced by a planet on its star is measured precisely on the sky.
PIA12015:
A Planet as Big as its Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a lump of material in a swirling, planet- forming disk. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that either another star or a planet could be pushing planetary material together, as illustrated here.
PIA12210:
Lump of Planetary Stuff (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a nearly invisible ring around Saturn -- the largest of the giant planet's many rings. It was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA12257:
Saturn's Infrared Ring (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-07 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows a nearly invisible ring around Saturn -- the largest of the giant planet's many rings. It was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
PIA12256:
The King of Rings (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-23 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Are brown dwarfs born like stars, as in this rendering, or do they form like planets orbiting another star? A study by researchers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has led to the preliminary conclusion that they are formed much like a star.
PIA12376:
Dusty Beginnings of a Star
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-01-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Every 27 years, a bright star called Epsilon Aurigae fades over period of two years, then brightens back up again. A companion is known to be surrounded by a dusty disk, as illustrated in this artist's concept.
PIA12484:
Mystery of the Fading Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-17 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception illustrates one of the most primitive supermassive black holes known (central black dot) at the core of a young, star-rich galaxy.
PIA12966:
Prehistoric Black Hole (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its core. The black hole is shooting out jets of radio waves.
PIA13168:
Backward Black Hole Shoots Powerful Jets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept shows hundreds of brown dwarfs (deep red), expected to be added to the population of known stars in our solar neighborhood. Our sun and other known stars appear white, yellow or red.
PIA13217:
Coolest Orbs on the Block (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-14 4000x2666x3
Astronomers have obtained the first clear look at a dusty disk closely encircling a massive baby star; this artist's concept shows what such a massive disk might look like.
PIA13275:
Disk Around a Massive Baby Star (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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These data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show the signatures of buckyballs in space. Buckyballs, also called C60 or buckministerfullerenes, after architect Buckminister Fuller's geodesic domes.
PIA13287:
Jiggling Soccer-Ball Molecules in Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-22 Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has at last found buckyballs (resembling soccer balls) in space shown in this artist's concept using Hubble's picture of the NGC 2440 nebula. Hubble image cred: NASA, ESA, STScI
PIA13288:
Space Balls (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-26 NGC 6791 Kepler
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This artist's concept illustrates the two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The star system is oriented edge-on, as seen by Kepler, such that both planets cross in front, or transit, their star, named Kepler-9.
PIA13351:
Worlds on the Edge (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A giant star in a faraway galaxy recently ended its life with a dust-shrouded whimper instead of the more typical bang in this artist's concept based on data from Spitzer's Space Telescope.
PIA13478:
Giant Star Goes Supernova, Smothered by its own Dust (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept based on data found by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows upsilon Andromedae b, a hot gas giant that whips around its star every 4.6 days. Because it is so close to its star, it is tidally locked.
PIA13493:
Planetary Hot Spot Not Under the Glare of Star (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-12-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows the searing-hot gas planet WASP-12b (orange orb) and its star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope discovered that the planet has more carbon than oxygen, making it the first carbon-rich planet ever observed.
PIA13691:
Hot, Carbon-Rich Planet (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-10 Kepler
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Artist's concept of the first rocky world discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The planet, called Kepler 10-b, is shown in front of its host star.
PIA13776:
NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Its First Rocky Planet (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-01-11 Planck
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This map illustrates the numerous star-forming clouds, called cold cores, that European Space Agency's Planck observed throughout our Milky Way galaxy. Planck detected around 10,000 of these cores, thousands of which had never been seen before.
PIA13779:
Clumps of Cold Stuff Across the Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows how a normal spiral galaxy around our local universe (left) might have looked back in the distant universe, when astronomers think galaxies would have been filled with larger populations of hot, bright stars (right).
PIA14107:
Galaxies Near and Far (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-20 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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This artist's concept illustrates what the flaring black hole called GX 339-4 might look like. Infrared observations from NASA's WISE reveal the best information yet on the chaotic and extreme environments of this black hole's jets.
PIA14730:
Flaring Black Hole (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception illustrates a storm of comets around a star near our own, called Eta Corvi. Evidence for this barrage comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared detectors.
PIA14739:
It's Raining Comets (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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This chart compares the first Earth-size planets found around a sun-like star to planets in our own solar system, Earth and Venus. NASA's Kepler mission discovered the newfound planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f.
PIA14886:
Earth-class Planets Line Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the nebula nicknamed 'the Dragonfish.' This turbulent region, jam-packed with stars, is home to some of the most luminous massive stars in our Milky Way galaxy.
PIA14885:
Dragonfish Coming At You in Infrared
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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Kepler-20e is the first planet smaller than the Earth discovered to orbit a star other than the sun. A year on Kepler-20e only lasts 6 days, as it is much closer to its host star than the Earth is to the sun.
PIA14888:
Kepler-20e -- The Smallest Exoplanet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-20 Kepler-20 Kepler
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Kepler-20f is the closest object to the Earth in terms of size ever discovered. With an orbital period of 20 days and a surface temperature of 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 degrees Celsius), it is too hot to host life, as we know it.
PIA14889:
Kepler-20f -- An Earth-size World (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-11 Kepler
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This artist's concept, based on data from NASA's Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes, depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system -- so compact, in fact, that it's more like Jupiter and its moons than a star and its planets.
PIA15257:
Mini Planetary System (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-11 Kepler
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Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes recently discovered the three smallest exoplanets known to circle another star, called KOI-961.01, KOI-961.02 and KOI-961.03.
PIA15258:
Sizing Up Exoplanets
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-11 Kepler
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This artist's conception compares the KOI-961 planetary system to Jupiter and the largest four of its many moons. The KOI-961 planetary system hosts the three smallest planets known to orbit a star beyond our sun.
PIA15259:
'Honey I Shrunk the Planetary System' (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the solid form of buckyballs in space for the first time. To form a solid particle, the buckyballs must stack together, as illustrated in this artist's concept showing the very beginnings of the process.
PIA15266:
Building a Buckyball Particle in Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-17 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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This composite of 30 Doradus, the Tarantula Nebula, contains data from Chandra (blue), Hubble (green), and Spitzer (red). Located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, the Tarantula Nebula is one of the largest star-forming regions close to the Milky Way.
PIA14415:
A New View of the Tarantula Nebula
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-21 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts a comet-like tail of a possible disintegrating super Mercury-size planet candidate as it transits, or crosses, its parent star, named KIC 12557548. The results are based on data from NASA's Kepler mission.
PIA15629:
Possible Disintegrating Planet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-31 1259x944x3
Artist's concept illustrates a quasar, or feeding black hole, similar to APM 08279+5255, where astronomers discovered huge amounts of water vapor. Gas and dust likely form a torus around the central black hole, with clouds of charged gas above and below.
PIA16114:
Quasar Drenched in Water Vapor (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-15 4800x2700x3
Astronomers have discovered two gas giant planets orbiting stars in the Beehive cluster, a collection of about 1,000 tightly packed stars.
PIA15802:
Starry Starry Skies (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-18 1439x1080x3
Researchers are brewing up icy, organic concoctions in the lab to mimic materials at the edge of our solar system and beyond. The lab is shown at right, and a very young solar system, with its swirling planet-forming disk is at left.
PIA15805:
Ice from the Solar System's Edge (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This illustration shows three possible scenarios for the evolution of asteroid belts. At the top, a Jupiter-size planet migrates through the asteroid belt, scattering material and inhibiting the formation of life on planets.
PIA16212:
Scenarios for the Evolution of Asteroid Belts
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-07 Chandra X-ray Observatory
Isaac Newton Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
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The Milky Way and other galaxies in the universe harbor many young star clusters and associations that each contain hundreds to thousands of hot, massive, young stars known as O and B stars.
PIA16438:
A Nearby Stellar Cradle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-03 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows the different expected directions of the magnetic fields in interstellar space (black lines) and the magnetic field emanating from our sun (white lines) as NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft travels northward out of the heliosphere.
PIA16485:
Solar and Interstellar Magnetic Fields (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-07 934x935x3
Two young binary stars may be the source of mysterious clock-like bursts of light from an object called LRLL 54361 that lies inside the star-forming region IC 348, located 950 light-years away.
PIA16689:
Artist's Impression of Pulsating Object LRLL 54361
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star like our sun, approximately 210 light-years away in the constellation Lyra.
PIA16693:
A Tiny Planet (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Kepler
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NASA's Kepler mission compares artist's concepts of the planets in the Kepler-37 system to the moon and planets in the solar system. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon.
PIA16694:
A Moon-size Line Up (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
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This artist's concept illustrates a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun. Supermassive black holes are enormously dense objects buried at the hearts of galaxies.
PIA16695:
Black Holes: Monsters in Space (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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Black holes are tremendous objects whose immense gravity can distort and twist space-time, the fabric that shapes our universe as this chart from NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescope illustrates.
PIA16696:
How to Measure the Spin of a Black Hole (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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Scientists measure the spin rates of supermassive black holes by spreading the X-ray light into different colors. The light comes from accretion disks that swirl around black holes, as shown in both of the artist's concepts.
PIA16697:
Two Models of Black Hole Spin (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-27 NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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This image taken by the ultraviolet-light monitoring camera on the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton telescope shows the beautiful spiral arms of the galaxy NGC1365.
PIA16699:
NuSTAR's Improved View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-21 Planck
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This artist's concept depicts the 'life' of a photon, or particle of light, as it travels across space and time, from the very early universe ESA's Planck satellite.
PIA16882:
A Journey of Light Through Space and Time Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-04 Kepler
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This chart shows data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, which looks for planets by monitoring changes in the brightness of stars. As planets orbit in front of a star, they block the starlight, causing periodic dips.
PIA16886:
White Dwarfs: Small and Strong
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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Relative sizes of Kepler habitable zone planets discovered as of 2013 April 18. Except for Earth, these are artists' renditions.
PIA16888:
Lining Kepler Habitable Zone Planets Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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This diagram compares the planets of the inner solar system to Kepler-62, a five-planet system about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. At seven billion years old, the star is somewhat older than the sun.
PIA16889:
Kepler-62 and the Solar System
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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This diagram compares the planets of the inner solar system to Kepler-69, a two-planet system about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
PIA17000:
Kepler-69 and the Solar System
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The artist's concept depicts Kepler-62f, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star smaller and cooler than the sun, located about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra.
PIA17001:
Kepler-62f, a Small Habitable Zone World (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-04-18 Kepler
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This artist's concept depicts in the foreground planet Kepler-62f, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of its star, which is seen peeking out from behind the right edge of the planet.
PIA17002:
Morning Star (Artist Concept)
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The artist's concept depicts Kepler-69c, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star like our sun, located about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
PIA17003:
Super-Venus (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space. NASA's spacecraft, which rose from Earth on a September morning 36 years ago, has traveled farther than anyone, or anything, in history.
PIA17046:
Voyager Goes Interstellar (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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The artist's concept on left is based on theoretical models predicting the direction and strength of magnetic field lines coming from the sun and interstellar space.
PIA17442:
Mystery of the Interstellar Magnetic Field (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This artist's concept shows the outer layers of our solar bubble, or heliosphere, and nearby interstellar space. NASA's Voyager 1 is currently exploring a region of interstellar space.
PIA17460:
Moving into Interstellar Space (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-12 Sol (our sun) Voyager
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This schematic shows our solar bubble moving through nearby interstellar space, or the space between stars.
PIA17463:
Heliosphere Traveling Through Interstellar Space
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-25 Kepler
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This artist's concept illustrates the fate of two different planets: the one on the left is similar to Earth, made up largely of silicate-based rocks with oceans coating its surface.
PIA17550:
A Tale of Two Worlds: Silicate Versus Carbon Planets (Artist Concept)
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