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10.30.19

The Jack-o-Lantern Nebula

This carved-out cloud of gas and dust has been nicknamed the "Jack-o'-lantern Nebula" because it looks like a cosmic ... view image

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10.30.19

The Jack-o-Lantern Nebula

This carved-out cloud of gas and dust has been nicknamed the "Jack-o'-lantern Nebula" because it looks like a cosmic ... view image

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05.31.19

Cepheus C and Cepheus B (IRAC Annotated)

This image shows data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, from the IRAC instrument, with colors corresponding to wav... view image

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05.31.19

Cepheus C and Cepheus B (IRAC)

This image shows data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, from the IRAC instrument, with colors corresponding to wav... view image

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05.31.19

Cepheus C and Cepheus B (IRAC-MIPS Annotated)

This image was compiled using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope using the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) and the... view image

ssc2019-08a

05.31.19

Cepheus C and Cepheus B (IRAC-MIPS)

This image was compiled using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope using the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) and the... view image

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04.25.19

Spitzer Captures Messier 87 (Jets)

The galaxy M87, imaged here by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, is home to a supermassive black hole that spews two je... view image

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04.25.19

Spitzer Captures Messier 87

The galaxy M87 looks like a hazy, blue space-puff in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. At the galaxy's ... view image

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04.25.19

Spitzer Captures Messier 87 (EHT)

This wide-field image of the galaxy M87 was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The top inset shows a close-up o... 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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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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11.10.16

Brown Dwarf Microlensing Diagram

Two space-based telescopes teamed up with ground-based observatories to observe a microlensing event caused by a brow... view image

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11.10.16

Brown Dwarf Microlensing Illustration

This illustration depicts a newly discovered brown dwarf, an object that weighs in somewhere between our solar system... 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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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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04.25.14

Cold and Quick: a Fast-Moving Brown Dwarf

This 4-panel image shows the coldest brown dwarf yet seen, and the fourth closest system to our sun. Called WISE J085... view image

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02.26.14

Seeing Through a Veil of Dust

The closest supernova of its kind to be observed in the last few decades has sparked a global observing campaign invo... view image

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02.26.14

M82 Galaxy with Supernova

The supernova SN 2014J is seen in this image near its peak brightness in the first week of February 2014. It appears ... view image

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02.20.14

The Shocking Behavior of a Speedy Star

The antics of a speeding star are on display in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. 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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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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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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10.24.12

Unmasking a Hidden Glow

Researchers were able to detect this background glow, which spreads across the whole sky, by masking out light from g... 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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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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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

ssc2012-02b

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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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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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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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

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

ssc2011-03b

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

ssc2011-03a

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

ssc2011-01a

01.12.11

Standard Candle in the Wind

This image layout illustrates how NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to show that astandard candle" used to meas... view image

ssc2010-09a

10.27.10

Extragalactic Space Balls

For the first time, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected little spheres of carbon, called buckyballs, in a gal... 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

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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07.14.10

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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06.24.10

Brown Dwarf as Cool as a Stellar Cucumber

This image shows what astronomers think is one of the coldest brown dwarfs discovered so far (red dot in middle of fr... 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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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

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

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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11.04.09

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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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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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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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

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

ssc2008-03b

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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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

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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11.08.07

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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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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08.08.07

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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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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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

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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

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

ssc2007-07a

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

ssc2007-03a

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

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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

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

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

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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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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10.24.06

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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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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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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12.12.05

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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

   

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