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11.24.15

Swarm of Comets

This illustration shows a star behind a shattered comet which blocked the light of the star as they passed in front o... view image

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06.19.14

The Spacious Structure of Asteroid 2011 MD

Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal new information about the structure of 2011 MD, a small aster... view image

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06.19.14

I Spy a Little Asteroid With My Infrared Eye

This image of asteroid 2011 MD was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in Feb. 2014, over a period of 20 hours. T... view image

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06.19.14

Solid as a Rock? Porosity of Asteroids

Asteroids can differ in the degree of porosity, or the amount of empty space that makes up their structures. At one e... view image

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06.19.14

How to Measure the Size of an Asteroid

Observations of infrared light coming from asteroids provide a better estimate of their true sizes than visible-light... view image

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05.15.14

Spitzer's Archive of Asteroids

A new software tool lets astronomers quickly comb through existing datasets to recover detections of newly-discovered... view image

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09.10.13

Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail

Don Quixote's coma and tail -- features of comets -- as revealed in infrared light by Spitzer. The coma appears as a ... view image

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09.10.13

Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail

This image represents a more elaborate image processing step, in which the glow of the coma has been removed based on... view image

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09.10.13

Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail

With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that what was thought to be a large aste... view image

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07.23.13

Spitzer Eyes Comet ISON

These images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of Comet ISON were taken on June 13, when ISON was 310 million miles... view image

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01.08.13

Rocky Ring of Debris Around Vega

This artist's concept illustrates an asteroid belt around the bright star Vega. view image

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10.19.11

It's Raining Comets

This artist's conception illustrates a storm of comets around a star near our own, called Eta Corvi. view image

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09.02.10

Rendezvous with Eros

This image, taken by NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission in 2000, shows a close-up view of Eros, an asteroi... view image

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01.05.09

Asteroid 'Bites the Dust' Around Dead Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes upon the dusty remains of shredded asteroids around several dead... view image

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10.27.08

Epsilon Eridani: Double the Rubble

This artist's conception shows the closest known planetary system to our own, called Epsilon Eridani. Observations fr... view image

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10.10.08

Anatomy of a Busted Comet

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured the picture on the left of comet Holmes in March 2008, five months after the ... view image

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05.10.06

A Million Comet Pieces

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the broken Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 skimming alo... view image

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05.05.06

Comet Stepping Stones

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows three of the many fragments making up Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachm... view image

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01.11.06

Comet 'Bites the Dust' Around Dead Star

This artist's concept illustrates a comet being torn to shreds around a white dwarf called G29-38. NASA's Spitzer Spa... view image

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09.07.05

How to Make Comet Soup

Hungry for a comet? Perhaps not, but astronomers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Deep Impact m... view image

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09.07.05

Ingredients of a Comet

Astronomers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Deep Impact mission are putting together a recipe ... view image

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09.07.05

Tempel 1's Secret Ingredients Revealed

This graph shows the two spectra acquired by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope before (middle) and after (bottom) it obs... view image

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07.18.05

Jupiter-Family Comets Johnson and Shoemaker-Levy 3

These infrared images of the Jupiter-family comets Johnson (top) and Shoemaker-Levy 3 (bottom) were both taken with S... view image

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06.02.05

Space Eyes See Comet Tempel 1

These artist's concepts of Tempel 1 simulate an optical view of the comet (left), next to the simulated infrared view... view image

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04.20.05

Super-Comet or Big Asteroid Belt

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope demonstrates that the dust around a nearby star called HD 6983... view image

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01.11.05

Riding a Trail of Debris

This image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the comet Encke riding along its pebbly trail of debris (lon... view image

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11.10.04

Kuiper Belt Object 2002 AW197

Spitzer View of Kuiper Belt object 2002 AW197 view image

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03.15.04

Sedna's Night Sky Location

This shows where the newly discovered planet-like body, dubbed "Sedna," would lie in the evening skies at around 8:00... view image

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03.15.04

Orbit Comparisons

These four panels show the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," which lies in the far... view image

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03.15.04

Size Comparisons

The artist's rendition shows the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," in relation to other bodies in ... view image

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03.15.04

Artist's Conception of Sedna

Artist's conception of Sedna, a planet-like object so far away that the Sun appears as an extremely bright star inste... view image

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12.18.03

Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1

NASA's new Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an image of an unusual comet that experiences frequent outbursts, whi... view image

 

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