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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

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

sig11-013

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

sig11-004

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

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

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

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

ssc2010-05a

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

ssc2010-05b

04.21.10

Exotic Exoplanet

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

ssc2009-19a

10.06.09

Infrared Ring Around Saturn

This diagram highlights a slice of Saturn's largest ring. The ring (red band in inset photo) was discovered by NASA's... 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

ssc2009-09b

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

ssc2009-02a

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

ssc2009-02b

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

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

ssc2008-05a

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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