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10.16.17

Infrared View of NGC 4993, Host Galaxy to a Neutron Star Merger

NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has provisionally detected the faint afterglow of the explosive merger of two neutron s... view image

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10.16.17

Flicker of A Neutron Star Merger in Infrared Light

NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has provisionally detected the faint afterglow of the explosive merger of two neutron s... view image

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10.16.17

Spitzer Sees Flicker of Neutron Star Collision

NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has provisionally detected the faint afterglow of the explosive merger of two neutron s... view image

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09.28.16

'Pandora's Cluster' Seen by Spitzer

This image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, also called Pandora's Cluster, was taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope. The... view image

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01.07.16

Galaxy Cluster IDCS J1426

Astronomers have made the most detailed study yet of an extremely massive young galaxy cluster using three of NASA's ... view image

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11.03.15

A Giant Gathering of Galaxies

The galaxy cluster called MOO J1142+1527 can be seen here as it existed when light left it 8.5 billion years ago. The... view image

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09.10.15

What Feeds the Beast in a Galaxy Cluster? (annotated)

A massive cluster of galaxies, called SpARCS1049+56, can be seen in this multi-wavelength view from NASA's Hubble and... view image

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09.10.15

What Feeds the Beast in a Galaxy Cluster?

A massive cluster of galaxies, called SpARCS1049+56, can be seen in this multi-wavelength view from NASA's Hubble and... view image

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12.12.14

Galactic Gathering Gives Sparkling Light Display

At this time of year, holiday parties often include festive lights. When galaxies get together, they also may be surr... view image

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12.05.14

A Flood of Gas (Annotated)

A new feature in the evolution of galaxies has been captured in this image of galactic interactions. view image

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10.22.14

Ring of Stellar Fire

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken in infrared light, shows where the action is taking place in g... view image

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10.22.14

Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared

The ghostly structures highlighting the peculiar patterns of orbiting stars in the center of the galaxy NGC 1292 stan... view image

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10.15.14

Sluggish Galaxy Grows Stars Slowly

A small galaxy, called Sextans A, is shown here in a multi-wavelength mosaic captured by the European Space Agency's ... view image

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06.12.14

Foreground Clusters Magnify Distant Galaxies

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with the Hubble Space Telescope to conduct the Spitzer UltRaFaint Survey... view image

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05.21.14

Mapping the Densest Dusty Cloud Cores

Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. The ... view image

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05.21.14

Dark Clouds on the Milky Way's Horizon

The large cloud looms in the very center of this image of the galactic plane from Spitzer. A new study takes advantag... view image

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04.23.14

Professional and Amateur Quartet of Galaxies

A new collaboration combines data from amateur astronomers with data from NASA mission archives. view image

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03.27.14

Distant Galaxies Lensed by Cluster J0717

J0717 isn't just a large cluster of galaxies; astronomers are using it like a giant telephoto lens attachment to stud... view image

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03.20.14

GLIMPSE the Galaxy All the Way Around

A new panorama from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows us our galaxy's plane all the way around us in infrared light. view image

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02.26.14

M82 Galaxy with Supernova

The supernova SN 2014J is seen in this image near its peak brightness in the first week of February 2014. It appears ... view image

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02.26.14

Seeing Through a Veil of Dust

The closest supernova of its kind to be observed in the last few decades has sparked a global observing campaign invo... view image

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02.26.14

The Cigar Galaxy M82

This image shows M82, also known as the "Cigar galaxy," in infrared light, as observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telesc... view image

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12.18.13

Galactic Metropolis

The large white and yellow dots in this picture are stars in our galaxy, while the rest of the smaller dots are dista... view image

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11.14.13

A Galaxy on the Edge

The thin edge of a distant spiral galaxy appears in sharp relief in the new image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.... view image

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11.14.13

Two Galaxies Masquerading as One

What might look like a colossal jet shooting away from a galaxy turns out to be an illusion. New data from the Nation... view image

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08.22.13

The Barred Sculptor Galaxy

The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this new view from NASAs Spitzer... view image

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06.05.13

Galaxies in Hiding

There are nearly 200 galaxies within the marked circles in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are ... view image

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06.05.13

Galaxies in Hiding

There are nearly 200 galaxies in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are part of the Perseus-Pisces... view image

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05.16.13

Galactic Wheels within Wheels

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the double-ringed galaxy Messier 94. Just outside the b... view image

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12.14.12

Revealing Hidden Black Holes

This composite image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 3627, located about 30 million light years from Earth. view image

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10.24.12

Spitzer Sees Stray Starlight

When galaxies grow, they merge and become gravitationally tangled in a violent process that results in streams of sta... view image

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10.03.12

Climbing the Cosmic Distance Ladder

Astronomers using NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope have greatly improved the cosmic distance ladder used to measure the ... view image

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09.26.12

An Artist's View of the Heart of a Quasar

Quasars, as pictured here in this artist's concept, are bright, energetic regions around giant, active black holes in... view image

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09.19.12

A Glimmer from a Dark Cosmic Era

With the combined power of NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astr... view image

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08.02.12

The Swirling Arms of the M100 Galaxy

The galaxy Messier 100, or M100, shows its swirling spiral in this infrared image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.... view image

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08.02.12

Hot and Cold in the M100 Galaxy

The galaxy Messier 100, or M100, shows its swirling spiral in this infrared image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.... view image

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05.23.12

A Pinwheel Galaxy Rainbow

This image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, or M101, combines data in the infrared, visible, ultraviolet and x-rays from four ... view image

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04.24.12

The Sombrero Galaxy's Split Personality

The infrared vision of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed that the Sombrero galaxy -- named after its appear... view image

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04.24.12

Sombrero Galaxy Not So Flat After All

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal the Sombrero galaxy is not simply a regular flat disk gal... view image

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03.07.12

An Audience-Favorite Nebula

If astronomy had its own Academy Awards, then this part of the Milky Way would have been the Favorite Nebula pick for... view image

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03.07.12

Finding Bubbles in the Milky Way

A huge team of volunteers from the general public has poured over observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope an... view image

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01.10.12

A Dwarf Galaxy's Star Bar and Dusty Wing

Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light, is one of the biggest satellite galaxies of our home galaxy, though ... view image

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01.10.12

Dusty Space Cloud

Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light, this nearby dwarf galaxy looks like a fiery, circular explosion. Rat... view image

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12.21.11

Distant Galaxy Bursts with Stars

This image shows one of the most distant galaxies known, called GN-108036, dating back to 750 million years after the... view image

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11.23.11

M83 The Milky Ways Smaller Cousin

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called the Southern P... view image

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11.23.11

A Dusty View of Milky Ways Smaller Cousin

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called the Southern P... view image

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07.20.11

A Twisted Dust Web in the Galaxy IC 342

Looking like a spiders web swirled into a spiral, the galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this ima... view image

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07.20.11

A Twisted Star-Forming Web in the Galaxy IC 342

Looking like a spiders web swirled into a spiral, the galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this ima... view image

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06.30.11

Galaxies Near and Far

This split view shows how a normal spiral galaxy around our local universe (left) might have looked back in the dista... view image

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05.25.11

Galactic Train Wrecks

This montage shows three examples of colliding galaxies from a new photo atlas of galactic "train wrecks." view image

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04.12.11

Gravitational Lensing in Action

This illustration shows a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing, which is used by astronomers to study very dista... view image

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04.12.11

Annotated View of Abell 383

The giant cluster of elliptical galaxies in the center of this image contains so much dark matter mass that its gravi... view image

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03.18.11

Stars Gather in 'Downtown' Milky Way

A view from the bustling center of our galactic metropolis. Spitzer Space Telescope offers us a fresh, infrared view ... view image

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03.03.11

Sunflower Galaxy Glows with Infrared Light

The various spiral arm segments of the Sunflower galaxy, also known as Messier 63, show up vividly in this image take... view image

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03.03.11

Spitzer's Sunflower

The various spiral arm segments of the Sunflower galaxy, also known as Messier 63, show up vividly in this image take... view image

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01.12.11

Galactic City at the Edge of the Universe

The growing galactic metropolis, named COSMOS-AzTEC3, is the most distant known massive "proto-cluster" of galaxies, ... view image

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12.23.10

Maffei 2: The Hidden Galaxy

Maffei 2 is the poster child for an infrared galaxy that is almost invisible to optical telescopes. Foreground dust c... view image

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11.24.10

Bent Galactic Jets

Astronomers have caught sight of an unusual galaxy that, like a lighthouse, has illuminated new details about a celes... view image

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11.18.10

A Powerful Shrouded Starburst

The collision of two spiral galaxies, has triggered this luminous starburst, the brightest ever seen taking place awa... view image

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10.27.10

Buckyballs in Space

NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has detected buckyballs - intriguing, miniature-soccer-ball-shaped molecules - in inter... view image

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10.27.10

Extragalactic Space Balls

For the first time, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected little spheres of carbon, called buckyballs, in a gal... view image

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08.18.10

Ancient Galaxy Cluster Still Producing Stars

Astronomers have found that stars are forming more rapidly in the center of a distant galaxy cluster than at its edge... view image

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07.22.10

Space Balls

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has at last found buckyballs in space, as illustrated by this artist's conception show... view image

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05.11.10

Galactic Metropolis

In this recent deep excavation, courtesy of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have unearthed what may be th... view image

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03.17.10

How to Spot a Primitive Black Hole

These two data plots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show a primitive supermassive black hole (top) compared to a... view image

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03.17.10

Prehistoric Black Hole

This artist's conception illustrates one of the most primitive supermassive black holes known (central black dot) at ... view image

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03.10.10

Counting the Youth in a Middle Aged Galaxy

This image is roughly 1/34 of the entire GLIMPSE Survey of our Milky Way galaxy. This small section is riddled with y... view image

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01.05.10

Little Galaxy with a Tail

The infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud reveals the stars and dust in this galaxy as never seen before. view image

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01.05.10

Little Galaxy Explored

The infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud reveals the stars and dust in this galaxy as never seen before. view image

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01.05.10

Dusty, Little Galaxy

The infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud reveals the stars and dust in this galaxy as never seen before. view image

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11.10.09

Great Observatories' Unique Views of the Milky Way

In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, NASA's Great Observatories -- the Hubble Space Telescope,... view image

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08.05.09

Spitzer's First Warm Images

These images are some of the first to be taken during Spitzer's warm mission -- a new phase that began after the tele... view image

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07.23.09

Coiled Creature of the Night

The galaxy NGC 1097 is located 50 million light-years away. It is spiral-shaped with long, spindly arms of stars. The... view image

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06.10.09

Baby Stars in Galactic Rat's Nest

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows three baby stars in the bustling center of our Milky Wa... view image

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04.30.09

Star Streams in the Galaxy M81

On the left is an image of Messier 81 taken in blue light, while on the right is a specially-processed version of an ... view image

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04.30.09

Why Are Galaxies So Smooth?

Located about 46 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major, NGC 2841 is helping astronomers solv... view image

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04.28.09

Multispectral Triangulum Galaxy (4 Channels)

This image is a blend of the Galaxy Evolution Explorer's M33 image and another taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescop... view image

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04.28.09

Multispectral Triangulum Galaxy (3 Channels)

This image is a blend of the Galaxy Evolution Explorer's M33 image and another taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescop... view image

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04.03.09

M33: A Close Neighbor Reveals its True Size and Splendor

One of our closest galactic neighbors shows its awesome beauty in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

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04.03.09

M33: A Close Neighbor Reveals its True Size and Splendor

One of our closest galactic neighbors shows its awesome beauty in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

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03.16.09

Galaxies Collide to Create Hot, Huge Galaxy

This image of a pair of colliding galaxies called NGC 6240 shows them in a rare, short-lived phase of their evolution... view image

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02.10.09

Spiral Galaxy M101 - NASA's Great Observatories

Three views of the galaxy Messier 101 show a swirling spiral of stars, gas, and dust. Messier 101 is nearly twice as ... view image

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02.10.09

NASA's Great Observatories Celebrate the International Year of Astronomy

This image of the spiral galaxy Messier 101 is a composite of views from Spitzer, Hubble, and Chandra. view image

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08.06.08

Collage of Hubble and Spitzer Images of Galaxy Cluster MS1054

A Hubble Space Telescope snapshot of galaxy cluster MS1054 is featured in the center of this image, with individual g... view image

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07.21.08

No Organics Zone Circles Pinwheel Galaxy

The Pinwheel galaxy, or Messier 101, sports bright reddish edges in this infrared image. Research from NASA's Spitzer... view image

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07.21.08

The Pinwheel Galaxy, M101, in the Infrared

The tangled arms of the Pinwheel galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 101, are decked out in red in this new infrared i... view image

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07.10.08

Super-Starburst Galaxy

The green and red splotch in this image is the most active star-making galaxy in the very distant universe. Nicknamed... view image

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07.10.08

Bursting with Stars: Starburst Galaxy Zw II 96

This image of starburst galaxy Zw II 96 shows what the "Baby Boom" galaxy may look like at closer range. view image

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06.23.08

The Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946)

NGC 6946, or "The Fireworks Galaxy", is one of about a dozen nearby neighbors to the Milky Way. It is located approxi... view image

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06.03.08

Inner Milky Way Raging with Star Formation

More than 444,580 frames from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were stitched together to create this portrait of the ra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 1

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 10

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 5

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 11

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 16

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 12

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

A Roadmap to the Milky Way

Like early explorers mapping the continents of our globe, astronomers are busy charting the spiral structure of our g... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 4

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

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06.03.08

Spitzer Finds Clarity in the Inner Milky Way

More than 800,000 frames from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were stitched together to create this infrared portrait ... view image

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06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 9

This is one segment of an infrared portrait of dust and stars radiating in the inner Milky Way. More than 800,000 fra... view image

   

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