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ssc2008-20a

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

ssc2008-19b

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

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

ssc2007-17a

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

ssc2008-17a

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

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

ssc2008-08a

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

ssc2008-07a

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

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

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

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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

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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11.28.07

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

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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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

ssc2007-14d

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

ssc2007-14c

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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08.08.07

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

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

ssc2007-08c

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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04.17.07

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

ssc2007-07a

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

ssc2007-07b

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

ssc2007-05c

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

ssc2007-05b

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

ssc2007-05a

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

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

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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

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

ssc2007-01d

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

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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

ssc2006-19b

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

ssc2006-15a

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

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

ssc2006-10b

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

ssc2006-05b

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

ssc2006-04b

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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01.10.06

Circumbinary Disk

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

ssc2006-03b

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

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

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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

ssc2005-26b

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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12.14.05

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

ssc2005-22b

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

ssc2005-21b

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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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

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

ssc2005-12a

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

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

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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

ssc2005-06b

02.07.05

Mini Solar System in the Making

A brown dwarf surrounded by a swirling disk of planet-building dust. The brown dwarf, called OTS 44, is only 15 times... view image

ssc2005-06c

02.07.05

'Mini-Me' Solar System

This artist's conception shows the relative size of a hypothetical brown dwarf-planetary system (below) compared to o... 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

ssc2005-01a

01.10.05

Tiny Particles, So Far Away

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope recently captured these images of the star Vega, located 25 light years away in the co... 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

ssc2004-22a

12.09.04

A Distant Solar System

This artist's concept depicts a distant hypothetical solar system, similar in age to our own. Looking inward from the... view image

ssc2004-22c

12.09.04

Is There Anybody Home?

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope recently captured these infrared images of six older stars with known planets. The yel... view image

ssc2004-22f

12.09.04

Model of AU Microscopii Disk

This is a so-called scatter model based on the Hubble Space Telescope image of the planetary debris encircling the st... view image

ssc2004-22d

12.09.04

Debris Disks Around Sun-Like Stars AU Microscopii and HD 107146

Debris disks are shown here around two stars, one a small red dwarf, the other like our sun but much younger. 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

ssc2004-20a

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

ssc2004-20b

11.09.04

Artist's Conception of L1014

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected a faint, warm object inside the apparently starless core of a small, dens... 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

ssc2004-17a

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

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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

ssc2004-17a2

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

ssc2004-16b

10.12.04

Galactic Fossil Found Behind Curtain of Dust

This image mosaic shows the same patch of sky in various wavelengths of light. While the visible-light image (left) s... view image

ssc2004-16a

10.12.04

Spitzer Digs Up Galactic Fossil

This infrared image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a globular cluster previously hidden in the dusty p... 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

ssc2004-15a

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

ssc2004-10a

06.01.04

Infrared Detective to the Rescue

In a collaborative effort between NASA's three Great Observatories, astronomers have solved a cosmic mystery by ident... view image

ssc2004-10c

06.01.04

Hidden Black Holes

Astronomers have probed the deep sky with NASA's three Great Observatories for hidden black holes and come to the con... 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

ssc2004-06b

04.13.04

Star Formation in the DR21 Region

Hidden behind a shroud of dust in the constellation Cygnus is a stellar nursery called DR21, which is giving birth to... view image

ssc2005-02b

03.31.04

Stellar 'Incubators' Seen Cooking up Stars

This image composite compares visible-light views with an infrared view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of the gl... 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

ssc2004-02a

02.12.04

Rosebud of a Reflection Nebula

A cluster of newborn stars herald their birth in this interstellar Valentine's Day commemorative picture obtained wit... view image

ssc2003-06f

12.18.03

Embedded Outflow in HH 46/47

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope transforms a dark cloud into a silky translucent veil, revealing the m... view image

   

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