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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

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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

ssc2008-10b

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

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

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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

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

ssc2007-17c

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

ssc2007-13c

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

ssc2007-11a

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

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

ssc2007-05b

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

ssc2007-05a

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

ssc2007-04d

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

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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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08.16.05

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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08.07.05

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

ssc2005-10b

04.20.05

Alien Asteroid Belt Compared to our Own

This artist's concept illustrates what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star syste... 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

ssc2005-08b

03.01.05

Shimmering in Infrared Light

This artist's conception shows what a dusty and bright galaxy located billions of light-years away might look like cl... 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

ssc2005-03b

01.11.05

At the Heart of Blobs

This artist's concept illustrates one possible answer to the puzzle of the "giant galactic blobs." These blobs (red),... view image

ssc2005-01b

01.10.05

Massive Smash-Up at Vega

This artist concept illustrates how a massive collision of objects, perhaps as large as the planet Pluto, smashed tog... 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

ssc2004-22f

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

ssc2004-22e

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

ssc2004-17a2

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

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

ssc2004-08d

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

ssc2004-05b

03.15.04

Artist's Conception of Sedna

Artist's conception of Sedna, a planet-like object so far away that the Sun appears as an extremely bright star inste... view image

ssc2004-05c

03.15.04

Size Comparisons

The artist's rendition shows the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," in relation to other bodies in ... 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

ssc2004-04b

03.08.04

Illustration of Star Formation in Henize 206

This three-panel diagram shows the process of triggered star formation. view image

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08.23.03

Spitzer Departing the Earth Soon After Launch

Spitzer departing the Earth soon after launch. Africa is prominently visible. The radio dish facilities at Hartebeest... view image

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08.23.03

Spitzer Communicates with the Earth

The Spitzer Space Telescope points its high-gain antenna towards the Earth for downlinking recent observations and up... view image

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08.23.03

Spitzer Rendered against an Infrared (100 Micron) Sky

Spitzer seen against the infrared sky. The band of light is the glowing dust emission from the Milky Way galaxy seen ... view image

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08.23.03

Infrared View of Spitzer

Spitzer seen against the infrared sky. The band of light is the glowing dust emission from the Milky Way galaxy seen ... view image

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08.23.03

Five Views of Spitzer

Spitzer rendered from five different angles. view image

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08.23.03

Spitzer Seen against an Infrared Sky

Spitzer seen against the infrared sky. The band of light is the glowing dust emission from the Milky Way galaxy seen ... view image

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08.23.03

Artist's Conception of Spitzer Ejecting its Dust Cover

The Spitzer Space Telescope was launched with a dust cover protecting the telescope. This image shows the dust cover... view image

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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

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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

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01.01.03

Spitzer Space Telescope Logo

Full color Spitzer Space Telescope logo. view image

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01.01.03

Spitzer Science Center Logo

Full color Spitzer Science Center logo. view image

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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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01.01.03

Spitzer Space Telescope Grayscale Logo

Grayscale color Spitzer Space Telescope logo. view image

 

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