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09.24.14

Seeing Starlight Through a Planet's Rim

A Neptune-size planet with a clear atmosphere is shown crossing in front of its star in this artist's depiction. Such... view image

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09.24.14

A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets

Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the co... view image

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09.09.14

SPLASH Project Fishes for Galaxies

Scientists "fish" for galaxies in this playful, digitally altered photo. The researchers are part of a program called... view image

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08.28.14

Building Planets Through Collisions

Planets, including those like our own Earth, form from epic collisions between asteroids and even bigger bodies, call... view image

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08.27.14

A Cauldron of Star Birth in the Center of a Young Galaxy

Artist's impression of a firestorm of star birth deep inside core of young, growing elliptical galaxy. view image

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07.23.14

Gauging an Alien World's Size

Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of... view image

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06.19.14

How to Measure the Size of an Asteroid

Observations of infrared light coming from asteroids provide a better estimate of their true sizes than visible-light... view image

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06.19.14

Solid as a Rock? Porosity of Asteroids

Asteroids can differ in the degree of porosity, or the amount of empty space that makes up their structures. At one e... view image

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05.15.14

Spitzer's Archive of Asteroids

A new software tool lets astronomers quickly comb through existing datasets to recover detections of newly-discovered... view image

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04.25.14

Cold and Close Celestial Orb

This artist's conception shows the object named WISE J085510.83-071442.5, the coldest known brown dwarf. view image

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03.06.14

Loops of Gas and Dust Rise from Planetary Disks

Magnetic loops carry gas and dust above disks of planet-forming material circling stars, as shown in this artist's co... view image

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01.07.14

This Just In: Storms Expected on Brown Dwarfs

This artist's concept shows what the weather might look like on cool star-like bodies known as brown dwarfs. view image

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09.30.13

Partially Cloudy Skies on Kepler-7b

Kepler-7b which is 1.5 times the radius of Jupiter is the first exoplanet to have its clouds mapped. view image

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09.24.13

Spitzer Trains Its Eyes on Exoplanets

Over its ten years in space, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has evolved into a premier tool for studying exoplanets. view image

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09.05.13

Free-floating Failed Star

This artist's conception portrays a free-floating brown dwarf, or failed star. view image

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09.05.13

Brown Dwarf Backyardigans

The locations of brown dwarfs discovered by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, and mapped by NASA's... view image

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07.31.13

Dusty Hula Hoop Rings 'Blinking' Stellar Duo

In this artist's impression, a disk of dusty material leftover from star formation girds two young stars like a hula ... view image

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02.07.13

Artist's Impression of Pulsating Object LRLL 54361

This is an artist's impression of two young binary stars that may be the source of mysterious clock-like bursts of li... view image

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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

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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

   

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