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04.28.20

Black Hole Disk Flare in Galaxy OJ 287

This image shows two massive black holes in the OJ 287 galaxy. The smaller black hole orbits the larger one, which is... view image

ssc2018-08b

06.15.18

Black Hole vs. Star: A Tidal Disruption Event (Artist's Concept)

An artist's concept of a tidal disruption event (TDE) that happens when a star passes fatally close to a supermassive... view image

ssc2018-08a

06.15.18

A Tidal Disruption Event in Arp299B

An image of the galaxy Arp299B, which is undergoing a merging process with Arp299A, captured by NASA's Hubble space t... 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

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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

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

ssc2011-05b

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

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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

ssc2010-06b

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

ssc2010-03b

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

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

ssc2008-01b

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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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

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

sig07-015

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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