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01.05.16

Bow Shocks in Space G050.35

Bow shocks thought to mark the paths of massive, speeding stars are highlighted in this image from NASA's Spitzer Spa... view image

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12.14.15

Artist's Impression of "Hot Jupiter" Exoplanets

This image shows an artist's impression of the 10 hot Jupiter exoplanets studied using the Hubble and Spitzer space t... view image

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12.10.15

Cool Star Marked by Long-Lived Storm

This illustration shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles. The storm is th... view image

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11.24.15

Swarm of Comets

This illustration shows a star behind a shattered comet which blocked the light of the star as they passed in front o... view image

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11.03.15

A Giant Gathering of Galaxies

The galaxy cluster called MOO J1142+1527 can be seen here as it existed when light left it 8.5 billion years ago. The... view image

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09.10.15

What Feeds the Beast in a Galaxy Cluster? (annotated)

A massive cluster of galaxies, called SpARCS1049+56, can be seen in this multi-wavelength view from NASA's Hubble and... view image

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09.10.15

What Feeds the Beast in a Galaxy Cluster?

A massive cluster of galaxies, called SpARCS1049+56, can be seen in this multi-wavelength view from NASA's Hubble and... view image

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08.20.15

Twelve Years of Spitzer Images

This montage displays an image released from each year of operation of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Now celebratin... view image

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08.19.15

Seeing Beyond the 'Monkey Head'

Scores of baby stars shrouded by dust are revealed in this infrared image of the star-forming region NGC 2174, as see... view image

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07.30.15

Location of Nearest Rocky Exoplanet Known

This sky map shows the location of the star HD 219134, host to the nearest confirmed rocky planet found to date outsi... view image

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07.30.15

Hot, Rocky World

This artist's rendition shows one possible appearance for the planet HD 219134b, the nearest rocky exoplanet found to... view image

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07.30.15

Little Black Spot on the Star Today

This artist's conception shows the silhouette of a rocky planet, dubbed HD 219134b, as it passes in front of its star... view image

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07.02.15

Cosmic Sparklers

This new composite image of stellar cluster NGC 1333 combines X-rays from NASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory (pink); inf... 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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06.11.15

Helium-Shrouded Planets

Planets having atmospheres rich in helium may be common in our galaxy, according to a new theory based on data from N... view image

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06.11.15

How to Make a Helium Atmosphere

This diagram illustrates how hypothetical helium atmospheres might form. These would be on planets about the mass of ... view image

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05.05.15

Volcanic Activity on Super Earth 55 Cancri e

This artists impression of super-Earth 55 Cancri e shows a hot partially-molten surface of the planet before and afte... view image

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04.14.15

Infographic: Finding Planets With Microlensing

This infographic explains how NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope can be used in tandem with a telescope on the ground to ... view image

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04.14.15

Map of Exoplanets Found in Our Galaxy

Astronomers have discovered one of the most distant planets known, a gas giant about 13,000 light-years from Earth, c... view image

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03.23.15

Embryonic Star's Outburst

Infrared images from instruments at Kitt Peak National Observatory (left) and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope document... view image

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01.27.15

Finding 'Yellowballs' in our Milky Way

Volunteers using the web-based Milky Way Project brought star-forming features nicknamed "yellowballs" to the attenti... view image

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01.27.15

Evolution of a Massive Star

This series of images show three evolutionary phases of massive star formation, as pictured in infrared images from N... view image

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12.19.14

Horsehead Nebula Disappears in Infrared Light

The famous Horsehead nebula seen in visible-light images (inset) looks quite different when viewed in infrared light,... view image

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12.12.14

Galactic Gathering Gives Sparkling Light Display

At this time of year, holiday parties often include festive lights. When galaxies get together, they also may be surr... view image

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12.05.14

A Flood of Gas (Annotated)

A new feature in the evolution of galaxies has been captured in this image of galactic interactions. view image

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11.10.14

Sibling Star Systems? Dust Structures Suggest So

This diagram illustrates two similar star systems, HD 95086 and HR 8799. Evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope... view image

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10.22.14

Ring of Stellar Fire

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken in infrared light, shows where the action is taking place in g... view image

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10.22.14

Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared

The ghostly structures highlighting the peculiar patterns of orbiting stars in the center of the galaxy NGC 1292 stan... view image

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10.15.14

Sluggish Galaxy Grows Stars Slowly

A small galaxy, called Sextans A, is shown here in a multi-wavelength mosaic captured by the European Space Agency's ... view image

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09.24.14

A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets

Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the co... view image

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09.24.14

Seeing Starlight Through a Planet's Rim

A Neptune-size planet with a clear atmosphere is shown crossing in front of its star in this artist's depiction. Such... view image

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09.24.14

A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets

Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the co... view image

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09.09.14

SPLASH Project Fishes for Galaxies

Scientists "fish" for galaxies in this playful, digitally altered photo. The researchers are part of a program called... view image

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09.09.14

Take a Splash Into the Cosmos

Millions of galaxies populate the patch of sky known as the COSMOS field, short for Cosmic Evolution Survey, a portio... 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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08.27.14

A Cauldron of Star Birth in the Center of a Young Galaxy

Artist's impression of a firestorm of star birth deep inside core of young, growing elliptical galaxy. view image

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08.21.14

Supernova Seen In Two Lights

The destructive results of a mighty supernova explosion reveal themselves in a delicate blend of infrared and X-ray l... view image

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07.23.14

Gauging an Alien World's Size

Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of... view image

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07.02.14

Galactic Pyrotechnics on Display

A galaxy about 23 million light-years away is the site of impressive, ongoing, fireworks. Rather than paper, powder, ... view image

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07.02.14

Black Hole Jets Make Shock Waves

A composite image of the spiral galaxy NGC 4258 showing X-ray emission observed with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory... view image

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06.19.14

How to Measure the Size of an Asteroid

Observations of infrared light coming from asteroids provide a better estimate of their true sizes than visible-light... view image

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06.19.14

The Spacious Structure of Asteroid 2011 MD

Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal new information about the structure of 2011 MD, a small aster... view image

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06.19.14

Solid as a Rock? Porosity of Asteroids

Asteroids can differ in the degree of porosity, or the amount of empty space that makes up their structures. At one e... view image

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06.19.14

I Spy a Little Asteroid With My Infrared Eye

This image of asteroid 2011 MD was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in Feb. 2014, over a period of 20 hours. T... view image

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06.12.14

Foreground Clusters Magnify Distant Galaxies

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with the Hubble Space Telescope to conduct the Spitzer UltRaFaint Survey... 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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05.21.14

Dark Clouds on the Milky Way's Horizon

The large cloud looms in the very center of this image of the galactic plane from Spitzer. A new study takes advantag... view image

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05.21.14

Dense, Dusty Cores Up Close

Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. The ... view image

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05.21.14

Mapping the Densest Dusty Cloud Cores

Astronomers have found cosmic clumps so dark, dense and dusty that they throw the deepest shadows ever recorded. The ... view image

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05.15.14

Coyote Head Nebula Does Not Approve

This striking star formation region, mapped in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, was recently spotted... view image

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05.15.14

Spitzer's Archive of Asteroids

A new software tool lets astronomers quickly comb through existing datasets to recover detections of newly-discovered... view image

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05.07.14

The Flame Nebula

A star cluster in the center of the Flame Nebula about 1,400 light years from Earth. 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

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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04.23.14

Professional and Amateur Quartet of Galaxies

A new collaboration combines data from amateur astronomers with data from NASA mission archives. view image

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03.27.14

Distant Galaxies Lensed by Cluster J0717

J0717 isn't just a large cluster of galaxies; astronomers are using it like a giant telephoto lens attachment to stud... view image

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03.20.14

GLIMPSE the Galaxy All the Way Around

A new panorama from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows us our galaxy's plane all the way around us in infrared light. 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

The Cigar Galaxy M82

This image shows M82, also known as the "Cigar galaxy," in infrared light, as observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telesc... 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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01.29.14

Development of Massive Elliptical Galaxies

This graphic shows the evolutionary sequence in the growth of massive elliptical galaxies over 13 billion years, as g... 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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01.07.14

Weather on Other Worlds

Aren Heinze describes storms on cool stars, inferred from observations with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

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12.18.13

Galactic Metropolis

The large white and yellow dots in this picture are stars in our galaxy, while the rest of the smaller dots are dista... view image

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11.14.13

A Galaxy on the Edge

The thin edge of a distant spiral galaxy appears in sharp relief in the new image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.... view image

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11.14.13

Two Galaxies Masquerading as One

What might look like a colossal jet shooting away from a galaxy turns out to be an illusion. New data from the Nation... 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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10.28.13

Ghost of Jupiter Nebula

The Ghost of Jupiter, also known as NGC 3242, is located roughly 1,400 light-years away in the constellation Hydra. view image

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10.28.13

Little Dumbbell Nebula

This planetary nebula, known as NGC 650 or the Little Dumbbell, is about 2,500 light-years from Earth in the Perseus ... view image

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10.28.13

Death Beckons Three Aging Stars

This trio of ghostly images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the disembodied remains of dying stars called p... view image

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10.28.13

Exposed Cranium Nebula

This planetary nebula, located roughly 5,000 light-years away in the Vela constellation, is host to a hot, massive dy... view image

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09.30.13

Partially Cloudy Skies on Kepler-7b

Kepler-7b which is 1.5 times the radius of Jupiter is the first exoplanet to have its clouds mapped. view image

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09.24.13

Spitzer Trains Its Eyes on Exoplanets

Over its ten years in space, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has evolved into a premier tool for studying exoplanets. view image

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09.10.13

Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail

This image represents a more elaborate image processing step, in which the glow of the coma has been removed based on... view image

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09.10.13

Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail

Don Quixote's coma and tail -- features of comets -- as revealed in infrared light by Spitzer. The coma appears as a ... view image

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09.10.13

Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail

With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that what was thought to be a large aste... 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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08.22.13

The Barred Sculptor Galaxy

The spectacular swirling arms and central bar of the Sculptor galaxy are revealed in this new view from NASAs Spitzer... view image

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08.01.13

Monster in the Middle: Brightest Cluster Galaxy

This image shows two of the galaxy clusters observed by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and Spitzer Space ... 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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07.23.13

Spitzer Eyes Comet ISON

These images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of Comet ISON were taken on June 13, when ISON was 310 million miles... view image

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06.05.13

Galaxies in Hiding

There are nearly 200 galaxies in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are part of the Perseus-Pisces... view image

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06.05.13

Life and Death Intermingled

In what may look to some like an undersea image of coral and seaweed, a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope... 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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06.05.13

Galaxies in Hiding

There are nearly 200 galaxies within the marked circles in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. These are ... view image

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06.05.13

Bubbles Within Bubbles (annotated)

This infrared image shows a striking example of what is called a hierarchical bubble structure, in which one giant bu... 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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05.16.13

Galactic Wheels within Wheels

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the double-ringed galaxy Messier 94. Just outside the b... view image

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05.06.13

An Astronomer's Fantasy: Planets in the Lab

If astronomers could somehow pull planets out of the sky and analyze them in the laboratory, it might look something ... 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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03.19.13

Infant Stars Peek Out from Dusty Cradles

Dense envelopes of gas and dust surround the fledging stars known as protostars, making their detection difficult unt... 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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02.07.13

Protostar LRLL 54361

NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a pol... view image

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02.07.13

Artist's Impression of Pulsating Object LRLL 54361

This is an artist's impression of two young binary stars that may be the source of mysterious clock-like bursts of li... view image

   

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