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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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11.11.13

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

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

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

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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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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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

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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09.10.13

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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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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08.22.13

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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08.01.13

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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07.23.13

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

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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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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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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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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12.14.12

Revealing Hidden Black Holes

This composite image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 3627, located about 30 million light years from Earth. view image

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11.15.12

Astronomers Spot Most Distant Known Galaxy

In this image, astronomers use NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and a cosmic zoom lens to uncover the farthest known gal... view image

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11.08.12

Probing a Nearby Stellar Cradle

The Cygnus OB2 star cluster is about 5,000 light years from Earth and contains many massive young stars. 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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10.24.12

Unmasking a Hidden Glow

This image shows a mysterious, background infrared glow captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

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10.03.12

The Helix Nebula: Unraveling at the Seams

A dying star is throwing a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy E... view image

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09.19.12

A Glimmer from a Dark Cosmic Era

With the combined power of NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astr... 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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08.02.12

The Swirling Arms of the M100 Galaxy

The galaxy Messier 100, or M100, shows its swirling spiral in this infrared image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.... view image

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08.02.12

Hot and Cold in the M100 Galaxy

The galaxy Messier 100, or M100, shows its swirling spiral in this infrared image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.... view image

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07.02.12

A Planetary Nebula Pair

How is it that two glowing globs of gas that look completely different can actually be basically the same thing? In t... view image

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06.07.12

First Structures in the Distant Universe

Astronomers have uncovered the patterns of light that appear to be from the first stars and galaxies that formed in t... view image

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05.23.12

A Pinwheel Galaxy Rainbow

This image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, or M101, combines data in the infrared, visible, ultraviolet and x-rays from four ... view image

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04.24.12

Sombrero Galaxy Not So Flat After All

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal the Sombrero galaxy is not simply a regular flat disk gal... view image

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04.24.12

The Sombrero Galaxy's Split Personality

The infrared vision of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed that the Sombrero galaxy -- named after its appear... 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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03.07.12

An Audience-Favorite Nebula

If astronomy had its own Academy Awards, then this part of the Milky Way would have been the Favorite Nebula pick for... view image

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03.07.12

Finding Bubbles in the Milky Way

A huge team of volunteers from the general public has poured over observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope an... 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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02.01.12

Remnant of an Explosion With a Powerful Kick?

Vital clues about the devastating ends to the lives of massive stars can be found by studying the aftermath of their ... view image

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01.10.12

A Dwarf Galaxy's Star Bar and Dusty Wing

Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light, is one of the biggest satellite galaxies of our home galaxy, though ... 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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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

Dusty Space Cloud

Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light, this nearby dwarf galaxy looks like a fiery, circular explosion. Rat... view image

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12.21.11

Distant Galaxy Bursts with Stars

This image shows one of the most distant galaxies known, called GN-108036, dating back to 750 million years after the... view image

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12.12.11

Dragonfish Coming At You in Infrared

This turbulent region, jam-packed with stars, is home to some of the most luminous massive stars in our Milky Way gal... view image

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11.23.11

M83 The Milky Ways Smaller Cousin

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called the Southern P... view image

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11.23.11

A Dusty View of Milky Ways Smaller Cousin

This spectacular spiral galaxy is known to astronomers as Messier 83. Colloquially, it is also called the Southern P... 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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10.24.11

All Eyes on Oldest Recorded Supernova

This image combines data from four different space telescopes to create a multi-wavelength view of all that remains o... view image

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10.24.11

All That Remains of Exploded Star

Infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer are combined in this imag... view image

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09.28.11

Living the High Life

The high-mass stars in NGC 281 drive many aspects of their galactic environment through powerful winds flowing from t... view image

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09.14.11

Into the Depths of the Lagoon Nebula

Swirling dust clouds and bright newborn stars dominate the view in this image of the Lagoon nebula from NASAs Spitzer... view image

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08.10.11

Weighing in on the Dumbbell Nebula

The Dumbbell nebula, also known as Messier 27, pumps out infrared light in this image from NASAs Spitzer Space Teles... view image

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07.20.11

A Twisted Dust Web in the Galaxy IC 342

Looking like a spiders web swirled into a spiral, the galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this ima... view image

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07.20.11

A Twisted Star-Forming Web in the Galaxy IC 342

Looking like a spiders web swirled into a spiral, the galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this ima... 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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06.14.11

In the Blackest Night, a Green Ring Nebula

This glowing emerald nebula seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is reminiscent of the glowing ring wielded by the ... 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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05.25.11

Galactic Train Wrecks

This montage shows three examples of colliding galaxies from a new photo atlas of galactic "train wrecks." 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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04.12.11

Annotated View of Abell 383

The giant cluster of elliptical galaxies in the center of this image contains so much dark matter mass that its gravi... 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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03.03.11

Spitzer's Sunflower

The various spiral arm segments of the Sunflower galaxy, also known as Messier 63, show up vividly in this image take... view image

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03.03.11

Sunflower Galaxy Glows with Infrared Light

The various spiral arm segments of the Sunflower galaxy, also known as Messier 63, show up vividly in this image take... 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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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

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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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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01.12.11

Galactic City at the Edge of the Universe

The growing galactic metropolis, named COSMOS-AzTEC3, is the most distant known massive "proto-cluster" of galaxies, ... view image

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12.23.10

Maffei 2: The Hidden Galaxy

Maffei 2 is the poster child for an infrared galaxy that is almost invisible to optical telescopes. Foreground dust c... view image

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11.18.10

A Powerful Shrouded Starburst

The collision of two spiral galaxies, has triggered this luminous starburst, the brightest ever seen taking place awa... 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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09.23.10

An Unexpected Scattering of Light

This series of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dark mass of gas and dust, called a core, where new... view image

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09.02.10

Rendezvous with Eros

This image, taken by NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission in 2000, shows a close-up view of Eros, an asteroi... view image

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08.18.10

Ancient Galaxy Cluster Still Producing Stars

Astronomers have found that stars are forming more rapidly in the center of a distant galaxy cluster than at its edge... view image

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08.05.10

Takes Two Antenna Galaxies to Tangle

A new image of two tangled galaxies has been released by NASA's Great Observatories. 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

Awash in Green and Red

This wispy, vast structure in the constellation Perseus has a small bubble right in its center puffed out by the spas... 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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07.28.10

Beastly Stars and a Bubble

A star forming region called BG2107+49 shines from the considerable distance of more than 30,000 light years away in ... 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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07.07.10

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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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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05.11.10

Galactic Metropolis

In this recent deep excavation, courtesy of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have unearthed what may be th... view image

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04.02.10

Orion's Dreamy Stars

A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

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04.01.10

Warm Mission Dreamy Stars of Orion

A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. view image

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03.29.10

Dusty Dead Star

A composite image from NASA's Chandra (blue) and Spitzer (green and red-yellow) space telescopes shows the dusty rem... view image

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03.10.10

Counting the Youth in a Middle Aged Galaxy

This image is roughly 1/34 of the entire GLIMPSE Survey of our Milky Way galaxy. This small section is riddled with y... view image

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01.05.10

Little Galaxy with a Tail

The infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud reveals the stars and dust in this galaxy as never seen before. view image

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01.05.10

Dusty, Little Galaxy

The infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud reveals the stars and dust in this galaxy as never seen before. view image

   

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