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ssc2018-04b2

02.05.18

TRAPPIST-1 Planet Lineup - Feb. 2018 (unannotated)

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

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02.05.18

TRAPPIST-1 Planet Lineup - Feb. 2018

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

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02.05.18

Illustration of TRAPPIST-1 Planets as of Feb. 2018

This illustration shows the seven Earth-size planets of TRAPPIST-1. The image does not show the planets' orbits to sc... view image

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02.05.18

TRAPPIST-1 Compared to Jovian Moons and Inner Solar System - Feb. 2018

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

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11.01.17

Polluted White Dwarf

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

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10.04.17

Dusty Ring Around Boyajians Star

This illustration depicts a hypothetical uneven ring of dust orbitingKIC 8462852, also known as Boyajians Star or Tab... view image

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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

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11.10.16

Brown Dwarf System

This illustration depicts a newly discovered brown dwarf, an object that weighs in somewhere between our solar system... view image

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06.14.16

Dimming of FU Orionis (Fainter Phase Artist's Concept)

The brightness of outbursting star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936. Researchers ... view image

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06.14.16

Dimming of FU Orionis (Brighter Phase Artist's Concept)

The brightness of outbursting star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936. Researchers ... view image

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06.14.16

Dimming of FU Orionis (Artist's Concept)

The brightness of outbursting star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936. Researchers ... view image

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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

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08.28.14

Building Planets Through Collisions

Planets, including those like our own Earth, form from epic collisions between asteroids and even bigger bodies, call... view image

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04.25.14

Cold and Close Celestial Orb

This artist's conception shows the object named WISE J085510.83-071442.5, the coldest known brown dwarf. view image

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03.06.14

Loops of Gas and Dust Rise from Planetary Disks

Magnetic loops carry gas and dust above disks of planet-forming material circling stars, as shown in this artist's co... view image

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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

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09.05.13

Free-floating Failed Star

This artist's conception portrays a free-floating brown dwarf, or failed star. view image

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09.05.13

Brown Dwarf Backyardigans

The locations of brown dwarfs discovered by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, and mapped by NASA's... view image

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07.31.13

Dusty Hula Hoop Rings 'Blinking' Stellar Duo

In this artist's impression, a disk of dusty material leftover from star formation girds two young stars like a hula ... view image

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01.08.13

Forecast for Exotic Weather

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

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01.08.13

Rocky Ring of Debris Around Vega

This artist's concept illustrates an asteroid belt around the bright star Vega. 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

ssc2011-07a

06.30.11

Galaxies Near and Far

This split view shows how a normal spiral galaxy around our local universe (left) might have looked back in the dista... 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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10.27.10

Buckyballs in Space

NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has detected buckyballs - intriguing, miniature-soccer-ball-shaped molecules - in inter... view image

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08.23.10

Circle of Planetary Ashes

This artist's concept illustrates a tight pair of stars and a surrounding disk of dust -- most likely the shattered r... view image

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08.23.10

Before the Smashup

This artist's concept illustrates an imminent planetary collision around a pair of double stars. NASA's Spitzer Space... view image

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07.22.10

Space Balls

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has at last found buckyballs in space, as illustrated by this artist's conception show... view image

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07.14.10

A Disk Around a Massive Baby Star

Astronomers have obtained the first clear look at a dusty disk closely encircling a massive baby star, thought to lo... view image

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06.24.10

Coolest Orbs on the Block

This artist's conception shows simulated data predicting the hundreds of failed stars, or brown dwarfs, that NASA's W... view image

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03.17.10

Prehistoric Black Hole

This artist's conception illustrates one of the most primitive supermassive black holes known (central black dot) at ... view image

ssc2010-01b

01.05.10

Mystery of the Fading Star

Astronomers have found a likely solution to a centuries-old riddle of the night sky. Every 27 years, a bright star ca... 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

ssc2009-18a

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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08.10.09

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

ssc2009-11b

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

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

ssc2009-01b

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

ssc2008-22a

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

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

ssc2008-19a

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

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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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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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11.28.07

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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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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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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08.29.07

Steamy Solar System

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

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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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06.06.07

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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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

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

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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

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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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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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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

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

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

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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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

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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

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

ssc2005-06b

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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10.18.04

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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01.01.03

Jets of Outflowing Gas Burst from a Forming Star

Jets of outflowing gas burst from a forming star still accumulating material from the surrounding disk. view image

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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

   

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