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09.26.11

Earth and Super-Earth

This artists concept contrasts our familiar Earth with the exceptionally strange planet known as 55 Cancri e. While i... 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

ssc2011-06c

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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05.23.11

Kepler-10 Stellar Family Portrait

This artist's conception depicts the Kepler-10 star system, located about 560 light-years away near the Cygnus and Ly... view image

ssc2011-05b

04.12.11

Gravitational Lensing in Action

This illustration shows a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing, which is used by astronomers to study very dista... view image

ssc2010-10b

12.08.10

Hot, Carbon-Rich Planet

This artist's concept shows the searing-hot gas planet WASP-12b (orange orb) and its star. view image

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11.24.10

Bent Galactic Jets

Astronomers have caught sight of an unusual galaxy that, like a lighthouse, has illuminated new details about a celes... 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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10.19.10

Planetary Hot Spot Not Under the Glare of Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet, named upsilon Andromedae b, is no... view image

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10.12.10

Dusty Supernova

While searching the skies for black holes using the Spitzer Space Telescope Deep Wide Field Survey, Ohio State Univer... 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

ssc2010-07b

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

ssc2010-06b

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

ssc2010-05b

04.21.10

Exotic Exoplanet

An unusual, methane-free world is partially eclipsed by its star in this artist's concept. view image

ssc2010-03b

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

ssc2009-21b

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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10.20.09

Exotic Atmospheres

The basic chemistry for life has been detected in a second hot gas planet, HD 209458b, depicted in this artist's conc... view image

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10.06.09

Artist's Rendering of Saturn's Infrared Ring

This artist's conception shows a nearly invisible ring around Saturn -- the largest of the giant planet's many rings.... view image

ssc2009-19b

10.06.09

The King of Rings

This diagram illustrates the extent of the largest ring around Saturn, discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. ... 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

ssc2009-16a

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

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05.05.09

Artist's Conception of Spitzer Giving an Interview

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is about to use its last drop of the coolant that has chilled it for the past five-and... 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

ssc2009-04a

02.25.09

Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan 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

ssc2008-19b

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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08.19.08

Poster Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Spitzer's Launch

A poster created for the celebration of the 5th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope at Griffi... view image

ssc2008-10a

06.03.08

A Roadmap to the Milky Way

Like early explorers mapping the continents of our globe, astronomers are busy charting the spiral structure of our g... view image

ssc2008-10b

06.03.08

A Roadmap to the Milky Way (Annotated)

Like early explorers mapping the continents of our globe, astronomers are busy charting the spiral structure of our g... view image

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02.26.08

Diamonds in Space

This artist's concept shows a multitude of tiny diamonds next to a hot star. Diamonds are abundant in space, but they... view image

ssc2008-05a

02.17.08

Rocky, Terrestrial Worlds

This artist's concept illustrates the idea that rocky, terrestrial worlds like the inner planets in our Solar System ... view image

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02.07.08

Hands in a Bag (black and white): Visible vs Infrared Light

Infrared light can pass right through objects that stop visible light entirely. In the image on the left, the plastic... view image

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02.07.08

Hands in a Bag (color): Visible vs Infrared Light

Infrared light can pass right through objects that stop visible light entirely. In the image on the left, the plastic... view image

ssc2008-01b

01.10.08

Galaxies of all Shapes Host Black Holes

This artist's concept illustrates the two types of spiral galaxies that populate our universe: those with plump middl... 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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12.14.07

Inner Turmoil of Growing Galaxies

This artist's rendition illustrates a rare galaxy that is extremely dusty, and produces radio jets. Scientists suspec... 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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10.25.07

Bursting with Stars and Black Holes

A growing black hole, called a quasar, can be seen at the center of a faraway galaxy in this artist's concept. Astron... view image

ssc2007-16b

10.09.07

Dust in the Quasar Wind

Dusty grains -- including tiny specks of the minerals found in the gemstones peridot, sapphires, and rubies -- can be... 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

ssc2007-14d

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

ssc2007-14c

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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08.16.07

Dust in Hell

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected dust grains mingling with blazing hot gas at temperatu... view image

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08.06.07

Galactic Pileup (no planet)

This artist's concept illustrates one of the largest smash-ups of galaxies ever observed. NASA's Spitzer Space Telesc... view image

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08.06.07

Galactic Pileup

This artist's concept shows what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical planet around a star tossed out of... 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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07.13.07

The Spitzer Space Telescope Spectrum

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is an infrared eye onto the universe. This diagram illustrates just where Spitzer's vi... view image

ssc2007-12b

07.11.07

Steaming Hot Planet

Scientists have reported the first conclusive discovery of water vapor in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, or a planet... view image

ssc2007-12c

07.11.07

Steaming Hot Planet in Infrared

Scientists have reported the first conclusive discovery of water vapor in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, or a planet... 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

ssc2007-11a

05.30.07

Depth Perception in Space

This artist's concept shows how astronomers use the unique orbit of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a depth-percei... view image

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05.30.07

Rings Around the Galaxy (Annotated)

Three newly-discovered streams arcing high over the Milky Way Galaxy are remnants of cannibalized galaxies and star c... view image

ssc2007-11b

05.30.07

Distance to Dark Bodies

Using the unique orbit of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a depth-perceiving trick called parallax, astronomers ha... view image

ssc2007-09b

05.09.07

Blacker than Black

This artist's concept illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the Universe. The scorching ball of gas, a "hot ... view image

ssc2007-08c

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

ssc2007-05a

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

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

ssc2007-04d

02.21.07

Hot, Dry and Cloudy Planet

This artist's concept shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star. NASA's Spitzer... view image

ssc2007-04e

02.21.07

Isolating a Planet's Spectrum

This diagram illustrates how astronomers can capture the elusive spectra of hot-Jupiter planets by comparing observat... 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

ssc2007-02a

01.08.07

Gas Giants Form Quickly

This is an artist's concept of a hypothetical 10-million-year-old star system. The bright blur at the center is a sta... view image

ssc2006-19b

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

ssc2006-18b

10.12.06

Exotic World Blisters Under the Sun

This artist's concept shows a Jupiter-like planet, called Upsilon Andromedae b, soaking up the scorching rays of its ... 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

ssc2006-15a

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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04.20.06

Stacking Images To Find Faint Sources

This graphic demonstrates how the 24 micron images (shown in blue) of over 20,000 faint galaxies were added up to cre... view image

ssc2006-10b

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

ssc2006-10c

04.05.06

Extreme Planets

This artist's concept depicts a planetary system discovered by Aleksander Wolszczan in 1992 around a pulsar. view image

ssc2006-06b

02.15.06

Galatic Hearts of Glass

This artist's concept shows the violent core of a pair of colliding galaxies and the delicate greenish crystals that ... 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

ssc2005-18c

09.07.05

Ingredients of a Comet

Astronomers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Deep Impact mission are putting together a recipe ... view image

ssc2005-18b

09.07.05

How to Make Comet Soup

Hungry for a comet? Perhaps not, but astronomers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Deep Impact m... view image

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08.16.05

Milky Way Bar (annotated)

This artist's rendering shows a view of our own Milky Way Galaxy and its central bar as it might appear if viewed fro... view image

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08.16.05

Milky Way Bar

This artist's rendering shows a view of our own Milky Way Galaxy and its central bar as it might appear if viewed fro... view image

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08.07.05

Planet X: New Member of our Solar System

This artist's concept shows the planet catalogued as 2003UB313 at the lonely outer fringes of our solar system. The n... view image

ssc2005-15b

07.28.05

Ingredients for Life

This artist's conception symbolically represents complex organic molecules, known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons... 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

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

ssc2005-13a

06.02.05

Space Eyes See Comet Tempel 1

These artist's concepts of Tempel 1 simulate an optical view of the comet (left), next to the simulated infrared view... view image

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05.10.05

Infrared Processing and Analysis Center

Infrared Processing and Analysis Center view image

   

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