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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

Twin Brown Dwarfs Wrapped in a Blanket

This image shows two young brown dwarfs, objects that fall somewhere between planets and stars in terms of their temp... 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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11.04.09

A Picture of Unsettled Planetary Youth

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this infrared image of a giant halo of very fine dust around the young star H... view image

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09.23.09

Lump of Planetary Stuff

This artist's conception shows a lump of material in a swirling, planet-forming disk. 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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08.10.09

Signs of Blasted Rock

This spectrum, or plot of infrared data, from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope reveals the presence of vaporized and me... view image

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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

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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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06.10.09

Telltale Signs of Stellar Youth

These data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a newborn star at the center of our Milky Way. Our galaxy's cor... view image

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05.13.09

Seeing Crystals Form Around a Young Star

Astronomers have had a rare opportunity to witness the creation of silicate crystals around a young star, as seen in ... view image

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05.13.09

Silicate Crystal Formation in the Disk of an Erupting Star

This artist's concept illustrates how silicate crystals like those found in comets can be created by an outburst from... view image

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04.20.09

Emission from the White Dwarf System GD 16

This chart shows the brightness and wavelength of the radiation coming from white dwarf GD 16 and its associated disk... view image

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04.07.09

Cool Stars May Have Different Prebiotic Chemical Mix

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detected a prebiotic, or potentially life-forming, molecule called hydrogen cyanide (H... view image

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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

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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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01.05.09

Silicates in Alien Asteroids

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescopes shows that asteroid dust around a dead "white dwarf" star cont... 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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12.10.08

Not-So-Bright Bulbs

This artist's concept shows the dimmest star-like bodies currently knowntwin brown dwarfs referred to as 2M 0939. 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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11.11.08

Quartz-like Crystals Found in Planetary Disks

This artists concept of a young star and its planet forming disk shows tiny quartz like crystals detected by the Spit... view image

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10.27.08

Young Solar System in the Making

This artist's diagram compares the Epsilon Eridani system to our own solar system. The two systems are structured sim... 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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10.25.08

Missing Black Holes Found!

Astronomers have unmasked hundreds of black holes hiding deep inside dusty galaxies billions of light-years away. 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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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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07.15.08

'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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05.28.08

Ghostly Ring Around a Magnetar

This image shows a ghostly ring extending seven light-years across around the corpse of a massive star. The collapsed... view image

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04.10.08

Globular Cluster Omega Centauri Looks Radiant in Infrared

A cluster brimming with millions of stars glistens like an iridescent opal in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Te... view image

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03.13.08

A Young Stellar Disk around AA Tauri

This plot of infrared data shows the signatures of water vapor and simple organic molecules in the disk of gas and du... view image

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03.13.08

Water Vapor in the Young Planetary Disk of AS 205N

This plot of infrared data shows the strong signature of water vapor in the disk of gas and dust surrounding a young ... view image

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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

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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

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01.09.08

Accretion Disk Around Binary Star System WZ Sge

An artist's concept of the accretion disk around the binary star system WZ Sge. Using data from Kitt Peak National Ob... view image

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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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11.28.07

Planets Forming Around a Sun-like Star

This is an artist's rendition of the one-million-year-old star system called UX Tau A, located approximately 450 ligh... 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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10.03.07

Birth of an Earth-like Planet

This artist's conception shows a binary-star, or two-star, system, called HD 113766, where astronomers suspect a rock... 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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08.29.07

Steamy Solar System

This diagram illustrates the earliest journeys of water in a young, forming star system. view image

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08.29.07

Spitzer Sees Water Loud and Clear in a Young Solar System

This plot of infrared data, called a spectrum, shows the strong signature of water vapor deep within the core of an e... view image

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08.29.07

Planet-Forming Disk Around a Baby Star

This artist's concept shows a young star surrounded by a dusty protoplanetary disk. This disk contains the raw materi... 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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07.24.07

Evidence for a Strange Stellar Family

This artist's concept depicts a quadruple-star system called HD 98800. The system is approximately 10 million years o... view image

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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

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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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06.06.07

Highway of Stars

This artist's concept shows a newly discovered stream of ancient stars passing just over the head of the constellatio... 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

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04.18.07

Evaporating Protoplanetary Disk

Young, cooler stars like our sun can form in the danger zones around scorching hot stars, called O-stars. The closer ... view image

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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

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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

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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

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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

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03.29.07

Alien Sunset

Our solitary sunsets here on Earth might not be all that common in the grand scheme of things. New observations from ... view image

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03.27.07

Solar System with Snug Suns

This artist's concept depicts a faraway solar system like our own except for one big difference. Planets and asteroi... view image

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03.27.07

Where Planets Take up Residence

This diagram illustrates that mature planetary systems like our own might be more common around twin, or binary, star... view image

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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

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01.09.07

Luminous Blue Variable HD168625: Destined To Be a Supernova?

A Luminous Blue Variable star, HD168625, is surrounded by a bipolar nebula that is similar to the one around SN1987A.... view image

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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11.30.06

Red Giant Plunging Through Space

This image from the Spitzer Space Telescope (left panel) shows the "bow shock" of a dying star named R Hydrae (R Hya)... view image

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10.26.06

Cassiopeia A: Once an Onion, Always an Onion

This artist's concept illustrates a massive star before and after it blew up in a cataclysmic supernova explosion. Th... 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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10.03.06

A Star's Close Encounter

The potential planet-forming disk (or "protoplanetary disk") of a sun-like star is being violently ripped away by the... view image

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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

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07.24.06

Stars Can't Spin Out of Control

This artist's concept shows a dusty planet-forming disk in orbit around a whirling young star. NASA's Spitzer Space T... 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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05.22.06

Stellar Jets

This artist concept illustrates jets of material shooting out from the neutron star in the interacting binary system ... view image

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04.05.06

Stellar Rubble May Be Planetary Building Blocks

This artist's concept depicts a type of dead star called a pulsar and the surrounding disk of rubble discovered by NA... view image

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04.05.06

Extreme Planets

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

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04.05.06

Circle of Ashes

This plot tells astronomers that a pulsar, the remnant of a stellar explosion, is surrounded by a disk of its own ash... view image

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02.08.06

Little Dust Grains in Giant Stellar Disks

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the composition of a monstrous disk of what may be plane... view image

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02.08.06

Supersized Disk

This illustration compares the size of a gargantuan star and its surrounding dusty disk (top) to that of our solar sy... 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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01.11.06

Evidence for Comets Found in Dead Star

This graph of data, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates that a dead star, or white dwarf, call... view image

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01.10.06

Circumbinary Disk

This artist concept shows a debris disk in a cataclysmic variable system which consists of a highly magnetic white dw... view image

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01.09.06

Artist's Impression of Massive Star Cluster

This is an illustration of one of the most massive star clusters within our Milky Way Galaxy, containing 14 rare red ... view image

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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

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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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12.20.05

Portrait of Our Dusty Past

This artist's concept illustrates a solar system that is a much younger version of our own. Dusty disks, like the one... view image

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12.20.05

Life's Starting Materials Found in Dusty Disk

This graph, or spectrum, from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that some of the most basic ingredient... view image

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12.14.05

The Invisible Disk

Astronomers can detect the presence of disks of dust orbiting distant stars by measuring how the combined light from ... view image

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12.14.05

Belt of Dust

A narrow asteroid belt filled with rocks and dusty debris, orbits a star similar to our own Sun when it was approxima... 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

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11.29.05

Itsy Bitsy Solar System

This artist's conception compares a hypothetical solar system centered around a tiny "sun" (top) to a known solar sys... view image

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11.02.05

Out of the Darkness Comes Stars

This artist's concept shows what the very early universe might have looked like, just after its first stars began bur... view image

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10.20.05

Sowing the Seeds of Planets?

This artist's concept shows microscopic crystals in the dusty disk surrounding a brown dwarf, or "failed star." The c... view image

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10.20.05

Planet Clumps and Crystals Around Brown Dwarfs

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the spectra (middle four lines) of dusty disks around fo... view image

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09.12.05

Planets May Leave Tracks in Dust

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have gathered the most detailed data yet on a gap in a protoplanetar... view image

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07.18.05

Disk Around Red Dwarf Stars in the Stephenson 34 System

Astronomers were surprised to discover a 25-million-year-old protoplanetary disk around a pair of red dwarf stars 350... view image

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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

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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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