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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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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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02.22.17

500 Hours of Spitzer Observations of TRAPPIST-1

This data plot shows infrared observations by NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope of a system of seven planets orbiting TRA... 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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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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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 (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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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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06.25.15

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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08.28.14

Witnessing a Planetary Wreckage

Astronomers were surprised to see these data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in January 2013, showing a huge erup... 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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04.25.14

Welcome to the Sun's Neighborhood

This diagram illustrates the locations of the star systems closest to the sun. The year when the distance to each sys... 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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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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02.26.14

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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02.20.14

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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10.03.12

Cepheids as Cosmology Tools

This graph illustrates the Cepheid period-luminosity relationship, which scientists use to calculate the size, age an... 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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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05.26.11

Finding Forsterite Around a Developing Star

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have, for the first time, found signatures of silicate crystals aro... 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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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08.23.10

Spectral Signatures of Planetary Doom

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that a dusty planetary smashup probably occur... 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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07.28.10

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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07.22.10

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 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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07.14.10

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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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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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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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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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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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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03.17.10

How to Spot a Primitive Black Hole

These two data plots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show a primitive supermassive black hole (top) compared to a... 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

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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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01.05.10

Epsilon Aurigae Puzzle Pieces Snap Into Place

This graph of data from multiple telescopes shows the distribution of light from a pair of stars known as Epsilon Aur... 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

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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11.23.09

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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11.04.09

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

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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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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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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