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08.26.16

Spitzer Beyond

This artist's concept shows NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Spitzer begins its "Beyond" mission phase on Oct. 1, 2016... view image

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07.27.16

The Loneliest Young Star

An unusual celestial object called CX330 was first detected as a source of X-ray light in 2009. It has been launching... view image

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06.14.16

Dimming of FU Orionis (Artist's Concept)

The brightness of outbursting star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936. Researchers ... view image

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06.14.16

Dimming of FU Orionis (Brighter Phase Artist's Concept)

The brightness of outbursting star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936. Researchers ... view image

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06.14.16

Dimming of FU Orionis (Fainter Phase Artist's Concept)

The brightness of outbursting star FU Orionis has been slowly fading since its initial flare-up in 1936. Researchers ... view image

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04.26.16

Protoplanetary Disk

This illustration shows a star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk. Material from the thick disk flows along the star... view image

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04.26.16

Light Echo Diagram

Astronomers can use light echoes to measure the distance from a star to its surrounding protoplanetary disk. This dia... view image

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03.30.16

Hot N' Hotter Planet Measured by Spitzer

The varying brightness of an exoplanet called 55 Cancri e is shown in this plot of infrared data captured by NASA's S... view image

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03.30.16

Hot-Lava World Illustration

This illustration shows one possible scenario for the hot, rocky exoplanet called 55 Cancri e, which is nearly two ti... view image

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03.28.16

Simulated Atmosphere of a Hot Gas Giant

The turbulent atmosphere of a hot, gaseous planet known as HD 80606b is shown in this simulation based on data from N... view image

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03.28.16

HD 80606b Light Curve

Astronomers watched an exoplanet called HD 80606b heat up and cool off during its sizzling-hot orbit around its star.... view image

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12.14.15

Artist's Impression of "Hot Jupiter" Exoplanets

This image shows an artist's impression of the 10 hot Jupiter exoplanets studied using the Hubble and Spitzer space t... view image

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12.10.15

Cool Star Marked by Long-Lived Storm

This illustration shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles. The storm is th... view image

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11.24.15

Swarm of Comets

This illustration shows a star behind a shattered comet which blocked the light of the star as they passed in front o... view image

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07.30.15

Little Black Spot on the Star Today

This artist's conception shows the silhouette of a rocky planet, dubbed HD 219134b, as it passes in front of its star... view image

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07.30.15

Hot, Rocky World

This artist's rendition shows one possible appearance for the planet HD 219134b, the nearest rocky exoplanet found to... view image

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07.30.15

Infrared Light Curve for Transiting Exoplanet HD 219134b

This plot captures the nearest known rocky exoplanet, dubbed HD 219134b, in the act of passing in front of its star. ... view image

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06.25.15

Hypothetical 'Rejuvenated' Planets

This artist's concept shows a hypothetical "rejuvenated" planet -- a gas giant that has reclaimed its youthful infrar... view image

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06.11.15

Helium-Shrouded Planets

Planets having atmospheres rich in helium may be common in our galaxy, according to a new theory based on data from N... view image

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06.11.15

How to Make a Helium Atmosphere

This diagram illustrates how hypothetical helium atmospheres might form. These would be on planets about the mass of ... view image

   

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