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ssc2013-02b

01.08.13

Vega: Two Belts and the Possibility of Planets

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a large asteroid belt around the bright star Vega, as illustrated here... view image

ssc2013-02a

01.08.13

Rocky Ring of Debris Around Vega

This artist's concept illustrates an asteroid belt around the bright star Vega. view image

ssc2013-01a

01.08.13

Probing Brown Dwarf Layers

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ssc2013-01b

01.08.13

Anatomy of Brown Dwarf's Atmosphere

This artist's illustration shows the atmosphere of a brown dwarf called 2MASSJ22282889-431026, which was observed sim... view image

ssc2012-15a

11.01.12

Scenarios for the Evolution of Asteroid Belts

This illustration shows three possible scenarios for the evolution of asteroid belts. view image

ssc2012-14b

10.24.12

Spitzer Sees Stray Starlight

When galaxies grow, they merge and become gravitationally tangled in a violent process that results in streams of sta... view image

ssc2012-13b

10.03.12

Climbing the Cosmic Distance Ladder

Astronomers using NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope have greatly improved the cosmic distance ladder used to measure the ... view image

ssc2012-13a

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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09.26.12

An Artist's View of the Heart of a Quasar

Quasars, as pictured here in this artist's concept, are bright, energetic regions around giant, active black holes in... view image

ssc2012-11a

07.18.12

Exoplanet is Extremely Hot and Incredibly Close (Artist's Concept)

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is an alien world just two-thirds th... view image

ssc2012-07b

05.08.12

First-of-Its-Kind Glimpse at a Super Earth

Super Earths are exotic planets unlike any in our solar system. They are more massive than Earth yet lighter than gas... view image

ssc2012-07c

05.08.12

How to See a Super Earth

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to detect a super Earth's direct light for the first time using its sensitive... view image

ssc2012-07d

05.08.12

Measuring Infrared Brightness

This graphic illuminates the process by which astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have for the first tim... view image

ssc2012-07a

05.07.12

Magician of a Planet Disappears to Reveal Itself

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals the light from a "super Earth" called 55 Cancri e. The ... view image

ssc2012-03a

02.22.12

Building a Buckyball Particle in Space

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the solid form of buckyballs in space for the first time. To form a solid... view image

ssc2012-03b

02.22.12

Stacking Buckyballs in Space

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the solid form of buckyballs in space for the first time. To form a solid... view image

ssc2011-08a

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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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

ssc2011-07a

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

ssc2011-06b

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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05.23.11

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

ssc2010-10a

12.08.10

Signature of a Carbon-Rich Planet

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates the presence of molecules in the planet WASP-12b -- a... 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

ssc2010-08b

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

ssc2010-08a

10.19.10

How to Find a Planetary Hot Spot

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows how astronomers located a hot spot on a distant gas plan... 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

ssc2010-07a

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

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

ssc2010-07c

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

ssc2010-06b

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

ssc2010-06a

07.22.10

Jiggling Soccer-Ball Molecules in Space

These data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show the signatures of buckyballs in space. 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

ssc2010-05a

04.21.10

How to Measure Exoplanet Light

These plots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show light from a distant planet, GJ 436b, and its star, as measured ... 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

ssc2010-03a

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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02.09.10

We are Stardust

This colorful cosmic view is part of a Spitzer Space Telescope art project 2010 Winter Olympics cultural festival in ... view image

ssc2010-01a

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

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

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

ssc2009-19c

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

ssc2009-18a

09.23.09

Lump of Planetary Stuff

This artist's conception shows a lump of material in a swirling, planet-forming disk. view image

ssc2009-16b

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

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

ssc2009-13b

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

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

ssc2009-11a

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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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

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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

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

ssc2009-09a

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

ssc2009-04a

02.25.09

Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan view image

ssc2009-02b

01.28.09

Severe Exoplanetary Storm

These computer-generated images chart the development of severe weather patterns on the highly eccentric exoplanet HD... view image

ssc2009-02a

01.28.09

Exoplanet HD 80606b Infrared Light Curve

This figure charts 30 hours of observations taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of a strongly irradiated exoplane... view image

ssc2009-01a

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

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

ssc2008-19b

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

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

ssc2008-10a

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

ssc2008-06a

03.13.08

A Young Stellar Disk around AA Tauri

This plot of infrared data shows the signatures of water vapor and simple organic molecules in the disk of gas and du... view image

ssc2008-06b

03.13.08

Water Vapor in the Young Planetary Disk of AS 205N

This plot of infrared data shows the strong signature of water vapor in the disk of gas and dust surrounding a young ... 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

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01.25.08

Celestial Cities and the Roads That Connect Them

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that galaxies prefer to raise stars in cosmic suburbia r... view image

ssc2008-01a

01.10.08

Slender Galaxy with Robust Black Hole

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates that a flat, spiral galaxy called NGC 3621 has a feed... 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

ssc2007-20c

12.20.07

Dissecting the Wake of a Supernova Explosion: Cassiopeia A

The elements and molecules that flew out of the Cassiopeia A star when it exploded about 300 years ago can be seen cl... 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

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10.22.07

Cosmic Caper Unfolds in Infrared: Spectrum of Stolen Hot Gas in 3C 326

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals vast reservoirs of hot gas in a galaxy about a billion ... 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

ssc2007-16a

10.09.07

Dust in the Wind of Quasar PG2112+059

An Infrared spectrum taken by Spitzer shows dust in the wind of a distant quasar. Where did all this dust come from ... 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

ssc2007-14a

08.29.07

Spitzer Sees Water Loud and Clear in a Young Solar System

This plot of infrared data, called a spectrum, shows the strong signature of water vapor deep within the core of an e... 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

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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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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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

ssc2007-12c

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

ssc2007-12a

07.11.07

Exoplanet Forecast: Hot and Wet

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that a toasty gas exoplanet, or a planet beyo... 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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