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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

ssc2005-10a

04.20.05

Super-Comet or Big Asteroid Belt

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope demonstrates that the dust around a nearby star called HD 6983... view image

ssc2005-09a

03.22.05

The Language of Planetary Light

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows changes in the infrared light output of two star-planet ... 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

ssc2005-06c

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

ssc2005-06b

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

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

ssc2004-22b

12.09.04

Planets Point to Dust

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates that stars with known planets (blue) are more likely... 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

ssc2004-22e

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

ssc2004-20b

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

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

ssc2004-20c

11.09.04

Spitzer Spectrum of Ices in a Protoplanetary Disc

Astronomers have made the first clear detection of a variety of ices -- water, ammonium, and carbon dioxide -- in the... view image

ssc2004-17b

10.18.04

Spitzer Detects Surprisingly Large Rings of Dust

This graph shows the extent of planetary debris discs around nearby stars of various ages, as measured by NASA's Spit... view image

ssc2004-17a1

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

ssc2004-17a

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

ssc2005-06a

07.02.04

Planetary Building Blocks Found in Surprising Place

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows that an extraordinarily low-mass brown dwarf, or "failed... view image

ssc2004-08c

05.27.04

Spectra Show Protoplanetary Disk Structures

How can you tell if a star has a protoplanetary disk around it, when the disk is too small to image directly? Using t... view image

ssc2004-08b

05.27.04

Spitzer Spectra of Protoplanetary Disks

Using sensitive instruments onboard NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists have seen the first building blocks of... 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

ssc2003-06g

12.18.03

Embedded Outflow in HH 46/47

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has lifted the cosmic veil to see an otherwise hidden newborn star, while detecting th... 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

sig00_YSO_outflow

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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