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05.10.17

Crab Nebula from Five Observatories

In the summer of the year 1054 AD, Chinese astronomers saw a new "guest star," that appeared six times brighter than ... view image

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05.10.17

Crab Nebula from Five Observatories

In the summer of the year 1054 AD, Chinese astronomers saw a new "guest star," that appeared six times brighter than ... view image

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09.08.16

'Enterprise' Nebulae Seen by Spitzer (annotated)

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the TV series "Star Trek," which first aired September 8th,1966, a new infra... view image

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09.08.16

'Enterprise' Nebulae Seen by Spitzer

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the TV series "Star Trek," which first aired September 8th,1966, a new infra... view image

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04.14.16

The Spider Nebula

The spider part of "The Spider and the Fly" nebulae, IC 417 abounds in star formation, as seen in this infrared image... view image

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08.19.15

Seeing Beyond the 'Monkey Head'

Scores of baby stars shrouded by dust are revealed in this infrared image of the star-forming region NGC 2174, as see... view image

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01.27.15

Evolution of a Massive Star

This series of images show three evolutionary phases of massive star formation, as pictured in infrared images from N... view image

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01.27.15

Finding 'Yellowballs' in our Milky Way

Volunteers using the web-based Milky Way Project brought star-forming features nicknamed "yellowballs" to the attenti... view image

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12.19.14

Horsehead Nebula Disappears in Infrared Light

The famous Horsehead nebula seen in visible-light images (inset) looks quite different when viewed in infrared light,... view image

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08.21.14

Supernova Seen In Two Lights

The destructive results of a mighty supernova explosion reveal themselves in a delicate blend of infrared and X-ray l... view image

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06.04.14

Dissecting Dust from Detonation of Dead Star

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows N103B -- all that remains from a supernova that explode... view image

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05.28.14

The 'Serpent' Star-Forming Cloud Spawns Stars

Within the swaddling dust of the Serpens Cloud Core, astronomers are studying one of the youngest collections of star... view image

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05.28.14

Warm Spitzer Sees 'Serpent' Star-Forming Cloud Spawning Stars

Within the swaddling dust of the Serpens Cloud Core, astronomers are studying one of the youngest collections of star... 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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05.15.14

Coyote Head Nebula Does Not Approve

This striking star formation region, mapped in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, was recently spotted... view image

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05.07.14

The Flame Nebula

A star cluster in the center of the Flame Nebula about 1,400 light years from Earth. view image

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11.11.13

Bubbly Newborn Star

Combined observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimeter/submillime... view image

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10.28.13

Ghost of Jupiter Nebula

The Ghost of Jupiter, also known as NGC 3242, is located roughly 1,400 light-years away in the constellation Hydra. view image

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10.28.13

Exposed Cranium Nebula

This planetary nebula, located roughly 5,000 light-years away in the Vela constellation, is host to a hot, massive dy... view image

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10.28.13

Death Beckons Three Aging Stars

This trio of ghostly images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the disembodied remains of dying stars called p... view image

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10.28.13

Little Dumbbell Nebula

This planetary nebula, known as NGC 650 or the Little Dumbbell, is about 2,500 light-years from Earth in the Perseus ... view image

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08.22.13

The Tortured Clouds of Eta Carinae

Massive stars can wreak havoc on their surroundings, as can be seen in this new view of the Carina nebula from NASAs ... view image

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06.05.13

Stars Shoot Jets in Cosmic Playground

Dozens of newborn stars sprouting jets from their dusty cocoons have been spotted in images from NASA's Spitzer Space... view image

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06.05.13

Bubbles Within Bubbles (annotated)

This infrared image shows a striking example of what is called a hierarchical bubble structure, in which one giant bu... view image

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06.05.13

Life and Death Intermingled

In what may look to some like an undersea image of coral and seaweed, a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope... view image

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05.24.13

Infrared Iris

This cloud of glowing gas is the Iris nebula, as seen in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The main c... view image

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04.03.13

Taken Under the "Wing" of the Small Magellanic Cloud

Young stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), one of the closest galaxies to our Milky Way. view image

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02.08.13

Strobe-like Flashes Discovered in a Suspected Binary Protostar

Flashes of light pulsing through the nebula surrounding the protostellar object LRLL 54361 are captured in this time-... view image

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12.18.12

Massive Star Makes Waves

The giant star Zeta Ophiuchi is having a "shocking" effect on the surrounding dust clouds in this infrared image from... view image

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11.08.12

Probing a Nearby Stellar Cradle

The Cygnus OB2 star cluster is about 5,000 light years from Earth and contains many massive young stars. view image

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10.03.12

The Helix Nebula: Unraveling at the Seams

A dying star is throwing a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy E... view image

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08.31.12

A Surprisingly Bright Superbubble

This composite image shows a superbubble in the Large Magellanic Cloud. view image

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07.02.12

A Planetary Nebula Pair

How is it that two glowing globs of gas that look completely different can actually be basically the same thing? In t... view image

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04.17.12

A New View of the Tarantula Nebula

A massive star-forming region located about 160,000 light years away. 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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02.29.12

Orion's Rainbow of Infrared Light

This new view of the Orion nebula highlights fledgling stars hidden in the gas and clouds. It shows infrared observat... view image

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01.10.12

Goings On Around Star-forming Towns

In this new action-packed view of the Cygnus X star-forming region from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, stars can be ... view image

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01.10.12

Stars Brewing in Cygnus X

A bubbling cauldron of star birth is highlighted in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. 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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11.11.11

30 Doradus and The Growing Tarantula Within

About 2,400 massive stars in the center of 30 Doradus are producing intense radiation and powerful winds as they blow... view image

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10.24.11

All That Remains of Exploded Star

Infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer are combined in this imag... view image

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10.24.11

All Eyes on Oldest Recorded Supernova

This image combines data from four different space telescopes to create a multi-wavelength view of all that remains o... view image

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09.28.11

Living the High Life

The high-mass stars in NGC 281 drive many aspects of their galactic environment through powerful winds flowing from t... view image

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09.14.11

Into the Depths of the Lagoon Nebula

Swirling dust clouds and bright newborn stars dominate the view in this image of the Lagoon nebula from NASAs Spitzer... view image

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08.10.11

Weighing in on the Dumbbell Nebula

The Dumbbell nebula, also known as Messier 27, pumps out infrared light in this image from NASAs Spitzer Space Teles... view image

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06.29.11

Making a Spectacle of Star Formation in Orion

The cosmos sport a pair of infrared shades, as seen in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

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06.14.11

In the Blackest Night, a Green Ring Nebula

This glowing emerald nebula seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is reminiscent of the glowing ring wielded by the ... view image

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05.26.11

Cosmic Fountain of Crystal Rain

This graphic illustrates a stellar fountain of crystal rain, beginning with a Spitzer picture of the star in question... view image

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05.26.11

Finding Forsterite Around a Developing Star

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have, for the first time, found signatures of silicate crystals aro... view image

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05.26.11

Stars Adorn Orion's Sword

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows what lies near the sword of the constellation Orion -- an active... view image

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05.24.11

New View of the Great Nebula in Carina

Compared to our own Sun, it is about 100 times as massive and a million times as bright. This famed variable hypergia... view image

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04.04.11

Undercover Jet Exposed

This image layout shows two views of the same baby star -- at left is a visible-light image, and at right is an infra... 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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02.10.11

North America Nebula Disappears

This image layout compares visible (left) and infrared views of the North America nebula, taken by the Digitized Sky ... view image

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02.10.11

Changing Face of the North America Nebula

This image layout reveals how the appearance of the North America nebula can change dramatically using different comb... view image

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02.10.11

Babies in the North America Nebula

Stars at all stages of development, from dusty little tots to young adults, are on display in a new image from NASA's... view image

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09.23.10

An Unexpected Scattering of Light

This series of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dark mass of gas and dust, called a core, where new... view image

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07.28.10

Bright Lights, Green City

Two extremely bright stars illuminate a greenish mist in this and other images from the new GLIMPSE360 survey. view image

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07.28.10

A Shocking Outflow

This image shows an outflow of gas from a new star as it jets from a space object dubbed IRAS 21078+5211, among other... view image

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07.28.10

Awash in Green and Red

This wispy, vast structure in the constellation Perseus has a small bubble right in its center puffed out by the spas... view image

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07.28.10

Beastly Stars and a Bubble

A star forming region called BG2107+49 shines from the considerable distance of more than 30,000 light years away in ... view image

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07.22.10

Jiggling Soccer-Ball Molecules in Space

These data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show the signatures of buckyballs in space. view image

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07.14.10

A Massive Star and Its Cradle

This star-forming region is dominated by the bright, young star IRAS 13481-6124 (upper left), which is about twenty t... view image

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07.07.10

The Invisible Dragon

A dragon-shaped cloud of dust seems to fly out from a bright explosion in this infrared light image (top) from the Sp... view image

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07.07.10

Dragon's Lair

A dragon-shaped cloud of dust seems to fly out from a bright explosion in this infrared light image from the Spitzer ... view image

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05.20.10

Blobs House Twin Stars

New evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is showing that tight-knit twin stars might be triggered to form by ... view image

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04.02.10

Orion's Dreamy Stars

A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

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04.01.10

Warm Mission Dreamy Stars of Orion

A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. 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

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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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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12.23.09

A Quarter Century of Infrared Astronomy

International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA) Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, California Institute of Technology view image

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11.23.09

NASA's Great Observatories' 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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11.23.09

Dusty Beginnings of a Star

This artist's rendering gives us a glimpse into a cosmic nursery as a star is born from the dark, swirling dust and g... 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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08.12.09

Trigger-Happy Cloud

This composite image, combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Spitzer Space Telescope shows the star... 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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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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03.12.09

'Cat's Eye' Planetary Nebula

The "Cat's Eye" nebula, or NGC 6543, is a well-studied example of a "planetary nebula." Such objects are the glowing ... view image

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12.24.08

2-Channel RCW 49

This image of prolific star-forming region RCW 49 exposes breathtaking detail of this dark and dusty region, which is... view image

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12.16.08

Devastated Stellar Neighborhood

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the nasty effects of living near a group of massive stars: radia... view image

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12.08.08

Celestial Sea of Stars

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a new, infrared view of the choppy star-making cloud called M17, also kno... view image

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12.03.08

Vivid View of Tycho's Supernova Remnant

This composite image of the Tycho supernova remnant combines infrared and X-ray observations obtained with NASA's Spi... view image

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10.08.08

Stellar Work of Art

This painterly portrait of a star-forming cloud, called NGC 346, is a combination of multiwavelength light from NASA'... view image

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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

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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

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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

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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

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 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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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

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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

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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

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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

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 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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