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ssc2008-16a

10.01.08

Cassiopeia A: Supernova Flashback (Annotated)

The Cassiopeia A supernova's first flash of radiation makes six clumps of dust (circled) unusually hot. view image

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09.18.08

HH 221: Laser-Sharp Jet Splits Water

A jet of gas firing out of a very young star can be seen ramming into a wall of material in this infrared image from ... view image

ssc2008-15a

07.21.08

Spitzer Reveals Stellar 'Family Tree'

Generations of star formation can be seen in this infrared portrait of W5 from the Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

ssc2008-15b

07.21.08

Spitzer Reveals Stellar 'Family Tree'

Generations of stars can be seen in this new infrared portrait of the star formation region W5 from NASA's Spitzer Sp... view image

ssc2008-13a

07.15.08

'Peony Nebula' Star Settles for Silver Medal

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Peony Nebular, which may contain the second brightest star i... 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 3

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 7

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 14

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

ssc2008-11a

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 13

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

ssc2008-11a10

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

ssc2008-11a4

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

ssc2008-11a5

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

ssc2008-11b

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

ssc2008-11a6

06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 6

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

ssc2008-11a2

06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 2

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

ssc2008-11a9

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

ssc2008-11a11

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

ssc2008-11a12

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

ssc2008-11a8

06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 8

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

ssc2008-11a15

06.03.08

GLIMPSE-MIPSGAL Milky Way 15

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

ssc2008-09a

05.29.08

Ghostly Stellar Echoes in Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope highlights dramatic changes in phenomena referred to as light echoes a... view image

ssc2008-03b

02.11.08

Young Stars in Their Baby Blanket of Dust

Newborn stars peek out from beneath their natal blanket of dust in this dynamic image of the Rho Ophiuchi dark cloud ... view image

ssc2008-03a

02.11.08

Young Stars in Their Baby Blanket of Dust

Newborn stars peek out from beneath their natal blanket of dust in this dynamic image of the Rho Ophiuchi dark cloud ... view image

ssc2007-20a

12.20.07

Dusty Celestial Ornaments

These beautiful bulbs might look like they belong on Christmas trees, but they are actually different Spitzer Space T... view image

ssc2007-20b

12.20.07

Cosmic Ornament of Gas and Dust: Supernova Remnant Cas A

This beautiful bulb might look like a Christmas ornament but it is the blown-out remains of a stellar explosion, or s... view image

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11.30.07

An X-Ray Santa Claus in Orion

This composite image of the Orion nebula combines NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope infrared light with X-ray light to p... view image

ssc2007-19a

11.29.07

Spinning Top Star

A rare, infrared view of a developing star and its flaring jets taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (right) shows... view image

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11.08.07

Bubbly Little Star: HH 46/47

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a baby star 1,140 light-years away from Earth blowing two massi... view image

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09.13.07

The Coronet Cluster in X-Ray and Infrared

The Corona Australis region (containing, at its heart, the Coronet cluster) is one of the nearest and most active reg... view image

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09.13.07

Infrared Coronet Cluster

The Corona Australis region (containing, at its heart, the Coronet cluster) is one of the nearest and most active reg... view image

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08.24.07

Spitzer Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with Celestial Fireworks

A newly expanded image of the Helix nebula lends a festive touch to the fourth anniversary of the launch of NASA's Sp... view image

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08.08.07

Stellar Families: Young Stars in Serpens

The Spitzer Space Telescope reveals embedded young stars in the Serpens South star cluster. view image

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06.11.07

A Supernova's Shockwaves: N132D

This composite X-ray and infrared image of supernova remnant N132D shows the aftermath of a massive star's violent de... view image

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05.17.07

Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars "hatching" in the head of the hunter constellation,... view image

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05.17.07

Young Stars Emerge from Orion's Head

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars "hatching" in the head of the hunter constellation,... view image

ssc2007-08b

04.18.07

Every Rose Has a Thorn: Planetary Danger Zones

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Rosette nebula, a pretty star-forming region more t... view image

ssc2007-08a

04.18.07

Heart of the Rosette Nebula

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Rosette nebula, a pretty star-forming region more t... view image

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04.17.07

Spitzer Digs Up Hidden Stars in a Dark Molecular Cloud

Two rambunctious young stars are destroying their natal dust cloud with powerful jets of radiation, in an infrared co... view image

ssc2007-07b

04.12.07

Pink Pleiades

The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades, seem to float on a bed of feathers in a new infrared image from NASA's... view image

ssc2007-07a

04.12.07

The Seven Sisters Pose for Spitzer

The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades, seem to float on a bed of feathers in a new infrared image from NASA's... view image

ssc2007-03a

02.12.07

Comets Kick Up Dust in Helix Nebula

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed b... view image

ssc2007-01a

01.09.07

Cosmic Epic Unfolds in Infrared: The Eagle Nebula

This majestic view taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells an untold story of life and death in the Eagle nebul... view image

ssc2007-01d

01.09.07

Unwrapping the Pillars

This image composite highlights the pillars of the Eagle nebula, as seen in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Te... view image

ssc2007-01c

01.09.07

Eagle Nebula Flaunts Its Infrared Feathers

This set of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Eagle nebula in different hues of infrared light. Ea... view image

ssc2007-01c3

01.09.07

Infrared View of the Eagle Nebula

This infrared view of the Eagle Nebula contrasts the hot dust of a supernova with cooler regions of star formation. view image

ssc2007-01b

01.09.07

Cosmic Epic Unfolds in Infrared: The Eagle Nebula (Call-Out)

This majestic view taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells an untold story of life and death in the Eagle nebul... view image

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11.29.06

Stellar Debris in the Large Magellanic Cloud

This is a composite image from Spitzer, Chandra and Hubble of N49, the brightest supernova remnant in optical light i... view image

ssc2006-21a

11.07.06

Chaos at the Heart of Orion

NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have teamed up to expose the chaos that baby stars are creating 1,500 ligh... view image

ssc2006-20b

10.27.06

Where Galactic Snakes Live (Artistically Enhanced)

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows what astronomers are referring to as a "snake" (upper l... view image

ssc2006-20a

10.27.06

Where Galactic Snakes Live

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows what astronomers are referring to as a "snake" (upper l... view image

ssc2006-19a

10.26.06

Lighting up a Dead Star's Layers

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the scattered remains of an exploded star named Cassiopeia A. Sp... view image

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10.25.06

NASA's Great Observatory View of the Crab Nebula

A star's spectacular death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D. Now, almos... view image

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10.25.06

Perseus' Stellar Neighbors

Baby stars are forming near the eastern rim of the cosmic cloud Perseus, revealed in this infrared image from NASA's ... view image

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10.24.06

Seeing Stars in Serpens

Infant stars are glowing gloriously in this infrared image of the Serpens star-forming region, captured by NASA's Spi... view image

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09.08.06

Story of Stellar Birth

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals the complex life cycle of young stars, from their dust-shroude... view image

ssc2006-16b

08.14.06

The Sword of Orion

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making facto... view image

ssc2006-16d

08.14.06

A Slice of Orion

This image composite shows a part of the Orion constellation surveyed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The shape of... view image

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08.14.06

Baby Stars in the Witch Head Nebula

Eight hundred light-years away in the Orion constellation, a gigantic murky cloud called the "Witch Head" nebula is b... view image

ssc2006-16a

08.14.06

Orion's Inner Beauty

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making facto... view image

ssc2006-16c

08.14.06

The Infrared Hunter

This image composite compares infrared and visible views of the famous Orion nebula and its surrounding cloud, an ind... view image

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06.08.06

Supernova Dust Factory in M74

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have spotted a "dust factory" thirty million light-years away in the... view image

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06.06.06

Dusty Death of a Massive Star

The supernova remnant 1E0102.2-7219 (inset) revealed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope sits next to the nebula N76 in... view image

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05.19.06

Baby Stars Brewing in the Witch Head Nebula

Eight hundred light-years away in the Orion constellation, a gigantic murky cloud called the "Witch Head Nebula" is t... view image

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05.10.06

The (Almost) Invisible Aftermath of a Massive Star's Death

For the universe's biggest stars, even death is a show. Massive stars typically end their lives in explosive cataclys... view image

ssc2006-01b

01.18.06

The Mark of a Dying Star

Six hundred and fifty light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, a dead star about the size of Earth, is refusin... view image

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01.12.06

Cosmic Tornado

This "tornado," designated Herbig-Haro 49/50, is shaped by a cosmic jet packing a powerful punch as it plows through ... view image

ssc2006-02b

01.10.06

The Milky Way Center Aglow with Dust

Our Milky Way is a dusty place. So dusty, in fact, that we cannot see the center of the galaxy in visible light. But ... view image

ssc2006-03a

01.09.06

A Hidden, Massive Star Cluster Awash with Red Supergiants

The sky is a jewelry box full of sparkling stars in these infrared images. The crown jewels are 14 massive stars on t... view image

ssc2006-01a

01.09.06

The Infrared Helix

The Helix Nebula, which is composed of gaseous shells and disks puffed out by a dying sunlike star, exhibits complex ... view image

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12.22.05

Stellar Snowflake Cluster

Newborn stars, hidden behind thick dust, are revealed in this image of a section of the Christmas Tree Cluster from N... view image

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12.12.05

Star Clusters Found in the MIlky Way

A metropolis of stellar activity is captured in these Spitzer infrared images taken by the Galactic Legacy Infrared M... view image

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12.12.05

New Star Cluster Discovered in the Infrared

Using an automated computer method to sift through data collected by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers on t... view image

ssc2007-14b

11.15.05

Steamy Star in NGC 1333

Spitzer has detected a pre-planetary disk of dust surrounding an embryonic star, called NGC 1333-IRAS 4B, that is dre... view image

ssc2005-24a

11.15.05

Chaotic Star Birth

Located 1,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, a reflection nebula called NGC 1333 epitomizes the... view image

ssc2005-23b

11.09.05

Towering Infernos

This majestic false-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the "mountains" where stars are born. Dubbe... view image

ssc2005-23a

11.09.05

Now You See Stars, Now You Don't

The image composite compares an infrared image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to a visible-light picture of ... view image

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10.28.05

Black Widow Nebula Hiding in the Dust

In the constellation Circinus, where previous visible-light observations by the Digital Sky Survey (left) saw only a ... view image

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06.11.05

Crab Nebula Supernova Remnant (Spitzer/IRAC-MIPS Image)

The Crab Nebula is the shattered remnant of a massive star that ended its life in a massive supernova explosion. This... view image

ssc2005-14a

06.09.05

A Year in the Life of an Infrared Echo

These Spitzer Space Telescope images, taken one year apart, show the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A and surrounding c... view image

ssc2005-14c

06.09.05

Cassiopeia A: Death Becomes Her

This stunning multi-mission picture shows off the many sides of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. It is made up of ... view image

ssc2005-14b

06.09.05

Dead Star Rumbles

This Spitzer Space Telescope composite shows the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (white ball) and surrounding clouds o... view image

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06.01.05

Crab Nebula Supernova Remnant (Spitzer/IRAC Image)

The Crab Nebula is the shattered remnant of a massive star that ended its life in a massive supernova explosion. This... view image

ssc2005-12a

05.30.05

All Pillars Point To Eta

This false-color image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the "South Pillar" region of the star-forming re... view image

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03.15.05

Double Helix Nebula

The double helix nebula as revelaed in the infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The spots are infrared-luminou... view image

ssc2005-07a

02.11.05

Ring Beholds a Delicate Flower

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope finds a delicate flower in the Ring Nebula, as shown in this image. The outer shell of... view image

ssc2005-02a

01.12.05

New Views of a Familiar Beauty

This image composite compares the well-known visible-light picture of the glowing Trifid Nebula (left panel) with inf... view image

ssc2005-02b4

01.12.05

Spitzer/IRAC Image of the Trifid Nebula

This image shows a close-up infrared view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of the glowing Trifid Nebula, a giant s... view image

ssc2004-20a

11.09.04

The Starless Core that Isn't

The "Cores to Disks" Spitzer Legacy team is using the two infrared cameras on NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to searc... view image

ssc2004-18a

10.28.04

'Galactic Ghoul' Rears Its Spooky Head

A "monster" lurking behind a blanket of cosmic dust is unveiled in this new Halloween image from NASA's Spitzer Space... view image

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10.25.04

Massive Young Stars Trigger Stellar Birth

RCW 108 is a region where stars are actively forming within the Milky Way galaxy about 4,000 light years from Earth. ... view image

ssc2004-15a

10.06.04

NASA's Great Observatories Provide a Detailed View of Kepler's Supernova Remnant

NASA's three Great Observatories -- the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Ob... view image

ssc2004-15b

10.06.04

Kepler's Supernova Remnant: Views from Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer

These images represent views of Kepler's supernova remnant taken in X-rays, visible light, and infrared radiation. Th... view image

ssc2004-13a

08.08.04

Ring of Stellar Death

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dying star (center) surrounded by a cloud of glowing gas and d... view image

ssc2004-08e

05.27.04

Locations of RCW 49 and Taurus Star-Forming Regions

This image shows the relative locations of the RCW 49 and Taurus star-forming regions. view image

ssc2004-08a

05.27.04

Stellar Jewels Shine in New Spitzer Image

One of the most prolific birthing grounds in our Milky Way galaxy, a nebula called RCW 49, is exposed in superb detai... view image

ssc2004-07a

05.11.04

A Natal Microcosm

In the quest to better understand the birth of stars and the formation of new worlds, astronomers have used NASA's Sp... view image

ssc2004-06a

04.13.04

Star Formation in the DR21 Region

Hidden behind a shroud of dust in the constellation Cygnus is an exceptionally bright source of radio emission called... view image

   

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