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ssc2010-07a

08.23.10

Spectral Signatures of Planetary Doom

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope tells astronomers that a dusty planetary smashup probably occur... view image

ssc2010-06a

07.22.10

Jiggling Soccer-Ball Molecules in Space

These data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show the signatures of buckyballs in space. 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

ssc2010-03a

03.17.10

How to Spot a Primitive Black Hole

These two data plots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show a primitive supermassive black hole (top) compared to a... view image

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02.09.10

We are Stardust

This colorful cosmic view is part of a Spitzer Space Telescope art project 2010 Winter Olympics cultural festival in ... view image

ssc2010-01a

01.05.10

Epsilon Aurigae Puzzle Pieces Snap Into Place

This graph of data from multiple telescopes shows the distribution of light from a pair of stars known as Epsilon Aur... view image

ssc2009-16b

08.10.09

Signs of Blasted Rock

This spectrum, or plot of infrared data, from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope reveals the presence of vaporized and me... view image

ssc2009-13b

06.10.09

Telltale Signs of Stellar Youth

These data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a newborn star at the center of our Milky Way. Our galaxy's cor... view image

ssc2009-11a

05.13.09

Seeing Crystals Form Around a Young Star

Astronomers have had a rare opportunity to witness the creation of silicate crystals around a young star, as seen in ... view image

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04.20.09

Emission from the White Dwarf System GD 16

This chart shows the brightness and wavelength of the radiation coming from white dwarf GD 16 and its associated disk... view image

ssc2009-09a

04.07.09

Cool Stars May Have Different Prebiotic Chemical Mix

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detected a prebiotic, or potentially life-forming, molecule called hydrogen cyanide (H... 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

ssc2009-01a

01.05.09

Silicates in Alien Asteroids

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescopes shows that asteroid dust around a dead "white dwarf" star cont... view image

ssc2008-06a

03.13.08

A Young Stellar Disk around AA Tauri

This plot of infrared data shows the signatures of water vapor and simple organic molecules in the disk of gas and du... view image

ssc2008-06b

03.13.08

Water Vapor in the Young Planetary Disk of AS 205N

This plot of infrared data shows the strong signature of water vapor in the disk of gas and dust surrounding a young ... view image

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01.25.08

Celestial Cities and the Roads That Connect Them

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that galaxies prefer to raise stars in cosmic suburbia r... view image

ssc2008-01a

01.10.08

Slender Galaxy with Robust Black Hole

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates that a flat, spiral galaxy called NGC 3621 has a feed... view image

ssc2007-20c

12.20.07

Dissecting the Wake of a Supernova Explosion: Cassiopeia A

The elements and molecules that flew out of the Cassiopeia A star when it exploded about 300 years ago can be seen cl... view image

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10.22.07

Cosmic Caper Unfolds in Infrared: Spectrum of Stolen Hot Gas in 3C 326

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals vast reservoirs of hot gas in a galaxy about a billion ... view image

   

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