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ssc2017-16a

11.01.17

Polluted White Dwarf

This artist's concept shows an exoplanet and debris disk orbiting a polluted white dwarf. view image

ssc2017-01d

02.22.17

Transit Illustration of TRAPPIST-1

This illustration shows the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets as they might look as viewed from Earth using a fictional, incre... view image

ssc2017-01g

02.22.17

TRAPPIST-1 Comparison to Solar System and Jovian Moons

All seven planets discovered in orbit around the red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 could easily fit inside the orbit of Mercu... view image

ssc2017-01c

02.22.17

Surface of TRAPPIST-1f

Imagine standing on the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f. This artist's concept is one interpretation of what it ... view image

ssc2017-01i

02.22.17

The Discovery of TRAPPIST-1 Planets

The first observations of the TRAPPIST-1 system reported in 2016 revealed three planets orbiting a small, red-dwarf s... view image

ssc2017-01f

02.22.17

TRAPPIST-1 Statistics Table

This chart shows, on the top row, artist conceptions of the seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 with their orbital periods, d... view image

ssc2017-01a

02.22.17

TRAPPIST-1 Planet Lineup

This artist's conception shows what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like, based on available data about thei... view image

ssc2017-01b

02.21.17

Abstract Concept of TRAPPIST-1 System

The TRAPPIST-1 star, an ultra-cool dwarf, has seven Earth-size planets orbiting it. This artist's concept appeared on... view image

sig15-016

12.14.15

Artist's Impression of "Hot Jupiter" Exoplanets

This image shows an artist's impression of the 10 hot Jupiter exoplanets studied using the Hubble and Spitzer space t... view image

ssc2015-02d

07.30.15

Little Black Spot on the Star Today

This artist's conception shows the silhouette of a rocky planet, dubbed HD 219134b, as it passes in front of its star... view image

ssc2015-02a

07.30.15

Hot, Rocky World

This artist's rendition shows one possible appearance for the planet HD 219134b, the nearest rocky exoplanet found to... view image

sig15-009

06.25.15

Hypothetical 'Rejuvenated' Planets

This artist's concept shows a hypothetical "rejuvenated" planet -- a gas giant that has reclaimed its youthful infrar... view image

sig15-007

05.05.15

Volcanic Activity on Super Earth 55 Cancri e

This artists impression of super-Earth 55 Cancri e shows a hot partially-molten surface of the planet before and afte... view image

sig15-006

04.14.15

Map of Exoplanets Found in Our Galaxy

Astronomers have discovered one of the most distant planets known, a gas giant about 13,000 light-years from Earth, c... view image

sig15-004

04.14.15

Infographic: Finding Planets With Microlensing

This infographic explains how NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope can be used in tandem with a telescope on the ground to ... view image

ssc2014-07a

09.24.14

Seeing Starlight Through a Planet's Rim

A Neptune-size planet with a clear atmosphere is shown crossing in front of its star in this artist's depiction. Such... view image

ssc2014-07b1

09.24.14

A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets

Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the co... view image

ssc2014-07b

09.24.14

A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets

Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the co... view image

sig14-001

01.07.14

This Just In: Storms Expected on Brown Dwarfs

This artist's concept shows what the weather might look like on cool star-like bodies known as brown dwarfs. view image

ssc2013-08a

09.30.13

Partially Cloudy Skies on Kepler-7b

Kepler-7b which is 1.5 times the radius of Jupiter is the first exoplanet to have its clouds mapped. view image

ssc2013-01c

01.08.13

Forecast for Exotic Weather

This artist's conception illustrates the brown dwarf named 2MASSJ22282889-431026. view image

ssc2012-11a

07.18.12

Exoplanet is Extremely Hot and Incredibly Close (Artist's Concept)

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is an alien world just two-thirds th... view image

ssc2012-07d

05.08.12

Measuring Infrared Brightness

This graphic illuminates the process by which astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have for the first tim... view image

ssc2011-08a

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

sig11-013

09.26.11

Earth and Super-Earth

This artists concept contrasts our familiar Earth with the exceptionally strange planet known as 55 Cancri e. While i... view image

sig11-004

05.23.11

Kepler-10 Stellar Family Portrait

This artist's conception depicts the Kepler-10 star system, located about 560 light-years away near the Cygnus and Ly... view image

ssc2010-10b

12.08.10

Hot, Carbon-Rich Planet

This artist's concept shows the searing-hot gas planet WASP-12b (orange orb) and its star. view image

ssc2010-08b

10.19.10

Planetary Hot Spot Not Under the Glare of Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet, named upsilon Andromedae b, is no... view image

ssc2010-05b

04.21.10

Exotic Exoplanet

An unusual, methane-free world is partially eclipsed by its star in this artist's concept. view image

feature09-12a

10.20.09

Exotic Atmospheres

The basic chemistry for life has been detected in a second hot gas planet, HD 209458b, depicted in this artist's conc... view image

ssc2009-19c

10.06.09

Artist's Rendering of Saturn's Infrared Ring

This artist's conception shows a nearly invisible ring around Saturn -- the largest of the giant planet's many rings.... view image

ssc2009-19b

10.06.09

The King of Rings

This diagram illustrates the extent of the largest ring around Saturn, discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. ... view image

ssc2009-16a

08.10.09

Planetary Demolition Derby

This artist's animation shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the siz... view image

ssc2009-09b

04.07.09

Chemical Soups Around Cool Stars

This artist's conception shows a young, hypothetical planet around a cool star. A soupy mix of potentially life-formi... view image

ssc2008-19a

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

ssc2008-05a

02.17.08

Rocky, Terrestrial Worlds

This artist's concept illustrates the idea that rocky, terrestrial worlds like the inner planets in our Solar System ... view image

sig07-011

07.13.07

The Spitzer Space Telescope Spectrum

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is an infrared eye onto the universe. This diagram illustrates just where Spitzer's vi... view image

sig07-012

07.13.07

Sun and Earth in Scale

This illustration shows the relative sizes of the Sun and the Earth by placing them impossibly close together. view image

ssc2007-12c

07.11.07

Steaming Hot Planet in Infrared

Scientists have reported the first conclusive discovery of water vapor in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, or a planet... view image

ssc2007-12b

07.11.07

Steaming Hot Planet

Scientists have reported the first conclusive discovery of water vapor in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, or a planet... view image

ssc2007-11a

05.30.07

Depth Perception in Space

This artist's concept shows how astronomers use the unique orbit of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a depth-percei... view image

ssc2007-11b

05.30.07

Distance to Dark Bodies

Using the unique orbit of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a depth-perceiving trick called parallax, astronomers ha... view image

ssc2007-09b

05.09.07

Blacker than Black

This artist's concept illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the Universe. The scorching ball of gas, a "hot ... view image

ssc2007-04e

02.21.07

Isolating a Planet's Spectrum

This diagram illustrates how astronomers can capture the elusive spectra of hot-Jupiter planets by comparing observat... view image

ssc2007-04d

02.21.07

Hot, Dry and Cloudy Planet

This artist's concept shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star. NASA's Spitzer... view image

sig07-001

01.09.07

Forecasting Weather on Distant Worlds

An artist's concept shows a gas-giant planet orbiting very close to its parent star, creating searingly hot condition... view image

ssc2007-02a

01.08.07

Gas Giants Form Quickly

This is an artist's concept of a hypothetical 10-million-year-old star system. The bright blur at the center is a sta... view image

ssc2006-18b

10.12.06

Exotic World Blisters Under the Sun

This artist's concept shows a Jupiter-like planet, called Upsilon Andromedae b, soaking up the scorching rays of its ... view image

sig06-022

09.18.06

Brown Dwarf Companion

This is an artist's concept of the star HD 3651 as it is orbited by a close-in Saturn-mass planetary companion and th... view image

ssc2006-10c

04.05.06

Extreme Planets

This artist's concept depicts a planetary system discovered by Aleksander Wolszczan in 1992 around a pulsar. view image

sig05-018

08.07.05

Planet X: New Member of our Solar System

This artist's concept shows the planet catalogued as 2003UB313 at the lonely outer fringes of our solar system. The n... view image

ssc2005-14d

06.09.05

Illustration of a Light Echo

Across the vast distances of space, light can 'echo' off of distant dust clouds in much the same way that sound can e... view image

ssc2005-10b

04.20.05

Alien Asteroid Belt Compared to our Own

This artist's concept illustrates what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star syste... view image

ssc2005-09b

03.22.05

Blinded by the Light

This artist's concept shows what a fiery hot star and its close-knit planetary companion might look close up if viewe... view image

ssc2005-01b

01.10.05

Massive Smash-Up at Vega

This artist concept illustrates how a massive collision of objects, perhaps as large as the planet Pluto, smashed tog... view image

ssc2004-22e

12.09.04

The View from Within AU Microscopii's Disk

This is an artist's impression of the view from the vicinity of a hypothetical terrestrial planet and moon orbiting t... view image

ssc2004-20d

11.09.04

Observing Young Stars: Hitting the 'Sweet Spot'

What does an extremely young planetary system look like? The answer depends on your point of view. This diagram shows... view image

ssc2004-17a2

10.18.04

The Rocky World of Young Planetary Systems

This artist's concept illustrates how planetary systems arise out of massive collisions between rocky bodies. New fin... view image

ssc2004-17a

10.18.04

The Rocky World of Young Planetary Systems (Annotated)

This artist's concept illustrates how planetary systems arise out of massive collisions between rocky bodies. New fin... view image

ssc2004-08d

05.27.04

Out of the Dust, A Planet is Born

A possible newfound planet spins through a clearing in a nearby star's dusty, planet-forming disk. The possible plane... view image

ssc2004-05d

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

ssc2004-05c

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

SIRTF_departure

08.23.03

Spitzer Departing the Earth Soon After Launch

Spitzer departing the Earth soon after launch. Africa is prominently visible. The radio dish facilities at Hartebeest... view image

SIRTF_downlink

08.23.03

Spitzer Communicates with the Earth

The Spitzer Space Telescope points its high-gain antenna towards the Earth for downlinking recent observations and up... view image

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08.23.03

Artist's Conception of Spitzer Ejecting its Dust Cover

The Spitzer Space Telescope was launched with a dust cover protecting the telescope. This image shows the dust cover... view image

sig00_star_planet_seq_vis

07.01.03

Sequence of Stars and Planets in Visible Light

An artist's rendition comparing brown dwarfs to stars and planets on the same scale. On the far left is the limb of t... view image

sig00_star_planet_seq_ir

01.01.03

Sequence of Astronomical Objects in Infrared Light

This figure shows an artist's rendition comparing brown dwarfs to stars and planets. All objects are plotted to the s... view image

ssc-logo-02

01.01.03

Spitzer Space Telescope Grayscale Logo

Grayscale color Spitzer Space Telescope logo. view image

ssc-logo-03

01.01.03

Spitzer Science Center Logo

Full color Spitzer Science Center logo. view image

ssc-logo-01

01.01.03

Spitzer Space Telescope Logo

Full color Spitzer Space Telescope logo. view image

   

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