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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

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

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

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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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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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

ssc2005-10b

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

ssc2005-01b

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

ssc2004-22e

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

ssc2004-17a

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

ssc2004-17a2

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

ssc2004-05d

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

ssc2004-05c

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

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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 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

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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